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Art as Medicine?

"Medical students who are significantly engaged in the arts during their spare time, either as an active or passive participant, tend to have higher levels of empathy, emotional intelligence, tolerance of ambiguity and other traits considered positive in a doctor,...

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE! The Forum on Doctors’ Wellness is for doctors, specialist colleges, medical associations, hospital and health services, medical students, medical education providers, medical defence organisations and others with a keen interest in doctors’ health to participate in an open and frank conversation that aims to focus on pragmatic outcomes towards cultural and organisational change.

The Forum on Doctors' Wellness is for doctors, specialist colleges, medical associations, hospital and health services, medical students, medical education providers, medical defence organisations and others with a keen interest in doctors' health to participate in an...

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Watch Dr Di Khursandi, Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme / Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Qld board member and founding member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG talk to beyondblue about her experience of depression while working long hours as an anaesthetist in rural Australia.

To read more about the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG go here: http://www.anzca.edu.au/…/special-…/welfare-of-anaesthetists To hear more from Dr Di Khursandi and Dr Genevieve Goulding about their experience setting up the Welfare of Anaesthstists SIG watch:...

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UQMind Wine and Die, a Hit!

Wine & Die for medical students was a hit. They discussed their personal and professional experiences with death and dying in an open, non-judgemental forum which helped improve death literacy and confidence. Being comfortable talking about death and dying with...

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Brené Brown providing wise guidance on burnout in this podcast.Burnout. We’re all there. It’s exhausting. The good news? There’s a path through it.

In this episode of #UnlockingUs I talk to Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski about their book, Burnout.

I’ve been practicing their 7 “complete the stress cycle strategies” since we recorded the podcast and I must say: Total game changer!

HUGE learning for me: Dealing with the STRESSOR is just one part of dealing with burnout. The other part is dealing with the STRESS by completing the stress cycle and getting through that emotions tunnel.

You can listen to our conversation here: bit.ly/3iRRX4Q
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The time is right to set a reform agenda in Australia that positions the mental health and wellbeing of the medical profession as a national priority.

Join Dr Hash Abdeen, Webinar Facilitator and Chair, AMA Council of Doctors in Training, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, and our Panel for the launch of Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework to guide coordinated action on the mental health of doctors and medical students, developed with the support of medical leaders in Australia.

The webinar will discuss how the Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework can support significant reform and change across a range of settings with actions that can be taken at an individual, organisation, service and government level to support and mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students over the long term.

Register your attendance at: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7TekUnFOSNuzFYHscy6Ljw

Find out more about Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework and the webinar program here: ama.com.au/every-doctor-every-setting
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Thanks to Vicky Dawes our Counsellor and Education Officer for sharing this story.

From Vicky: "It's a scary thing to share your own personal story and to put your name to it, but by doing this I hope to let other doctors and medical students going through tough times know that they are not alone and that it is possible not just to recover but to go on to thrive. This is my small part to help break down the stigma surrounding burnout and showing vulnerability in medicine".

AMSA Mental Health Beyond Blue AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training#WeAreMedicine #WeAreHuman - STORY #5

“I’m discussing the plan for a man in Resus 1 with the ICU reg, when an RMO pops their head around the curtain to ask if I can review one of their patients. I bark back, “ARE THEY DYING? NO? WELL IT CAN WAIT THEN”. What have I become?” - Dr Vicky Dawes

READ VICKY’S FULL STORY HERE: qld.ama.com.au/sites/qld/files/QLD/PDFs/MentalHealthcampaign_Story5.pdf

MORE INFO: qld.ama.com.au/we-are-medicine-and-we-are-human

- with Doctors' Health in Queensland Victorian Doctors Health Program Doctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health Advisory Service Western Australia Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW & ACT

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether
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If you are a doctor or medical student in QLD experiencing difficulties, no matter whether clinical or personal - you can call the free and confidential Doctors' Health in Queensland
helpline on 07 3833 3452. We are here for you.#WeAreMedicine #WeAreHuman

“I still remember my first MET call...”

READ WHAT HAPPENED HERE: qld.ama.com.au/sites/qld/files/QLD/PDFs/MentalHealthcampaign_Story4.pdf

SHARE this story to let your colleagues know you are there for support if needed.

MORE OF YOUR STORIES HERE: bit.ly/33elTU7

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether
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Racism is unacceptable anywhere in Medicine.

If you would like to speak to a peer in confidence about this, or any other issue you may be facing, you can call Doctors’ Health in QLD 24/7 on 07 3833 4352.As an intern I did a rotation in orthopaedics. A few weeks before the end of the term we had one patient who was hostile, angry and rude. He would complain of my incompetence.

I had been made to think I was inadequate, but it was in fact related to the colour of my skin...

FULL STORY HERE: bit.ly/3lbu6if

SHARE this story to let your colleagues know you are there for support if needed.

MORE INFO: bit.ly/33elTU7

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether

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Over the next 3 weeks, AMA Queensland and AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training will be releasing a series of stories from doctors and medical students who detail some of the difficult points of their careers and how they have dealt with this.

Through these stories we can help to break down stigma, and offer hope and support to those of you who are struggling at the moment.

If you are a QLD based doctor or medical student, you can call the Doctors' Health in Queensland helpline 24/7 for confidential support and advice on 07 3833 4352.
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The Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, invites all medical professionals to join international doctors' health expert Dr Michael Myers for a free webinar: Physician wellness in the era of COVID-19.

Time: 8:00am (AEST)
Date: 30th September 2020
Online, via Zoom
Register here: ranzcp-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4gCdUhmKR_6XImdfzdHHUQ
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In medicine it can be hard to identify when a colleague is going through a tough time. Work can be busy and stressful with colleagues that we don’t have much time to get to know. When we are experiencing the same stressors and difficulties ourselves it can be hard to recognise the impact on our colleagues and peers but also crucially on our own wellbeing.

There’s not a lanyard badge that says “Having a tough day. Please be kind and ask me how I am.” That lanyard badge might in fact look like unfriendliness or irritability, it might be being late to work or trying to juggling exam study, clinical work and home life. Think about what your colleagues are saying, what they are doing and what is going on in their life. Take a moment to reflect on your own words, behaviours and life challenges too.

Asking someone “R U OK?” doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. R U OK? is in small moments of compassionate connection that every one of us can do no matter who we are, where we are working or who we are asking. A kind word, an gentle enquiry, a moment of connection. Sometimes the smallest interventions can have the biggest impact.

At Doctors' Health in Queensland we get calls to our confidential helpline from doctors and medical students at every stage of their careers, from the greenest medical student to the most senior consultant. We get calls relating to physical and mental health problems, clinical situations, errors and complaints, personal challenges, stress, burnout, and bullying.

No matter what challenge they are facing, every one of our callers is looking for connection, support and validation that they are not alone. Often we are the first person they have spoken to about the difficulties they are facing. There is nothing to distinguish these doctors from yourselves. Our callers are your colleagues, your friends, your seniors and juniors, they are just like you, they are you.

You can ask R U OK?

It’s ok to say you’re not.

A huge thank you to medical student Hanh from Cedar Nest Productions and her friends for making this amazing video for us.

R U OK Day
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Are you a Queensland based GP or GP registrar? Join us for DHQ Connect - GP Hub!

We know it can be challenging to stay connected as a GP, especially in the current climate. DHQ Connect - GP Hub is your chance to talk about work, home and everything in-between. GP Hub provides a safe online forum for you to connect to your peers in a supportive small group environment.

Next session is 7.30pm 28th August!

Register by emailing us at admin@dhq.org.au
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A sneak peak behind the scenes at Doctors' Health in Queensland!

Here we see our Medical Director, Dr Margaret Kay in the office with our Counsellor and Education Officer Vicky Dawes' dog.

Covid has meant we have had to become flexible with our working arrangements, much like many doctors around Australia. So it's great to have these moments back in the office!
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Timeline PhotosONLY 17 TICKETS LEFT! Get yours now so you don't miss out. We are raising funds for Doctor's Health QLD . Buy your ticket here -> buff.ly/2EkI8y6 ... See MoreSee Less

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Continuing on our theme of civility, why not try this quick assessment of your own behaviour?

www.christineporath.com/assess-yourself/

Christine Porath is author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.

As always, the Doctors' Health in Queensland​ helpline is available 24/7 on 07 3833 4352 if you would like to speak to someone in confidence about issues of incivility in the workplace, or any other difficulties you may be facing.

If you would like Doctors' Health in Queensland to come to your workplace to facilitate an education or outreach session, get in contact via admin@dhq.org.au
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Have you experienced or witnessed rudeness at work?

Watch this TEDx talk by Emergency Consultant and founder of Civility Saves Lives Dr Chris Turner.

When someone is rude at work:

🔹 38% of recipients reduce the quality of their work
🔹 48% reduce their time at work
🔹 25% take it our on service users

Rudeness affects witnesses too:
🔹 20% experience a decrease in performance
🔹 50% have a decrease in willingness to help others

"For competent teams, the single most important factor determining the outcome of that team is how we treat each other"

For more information go to: www.civilitysaveslives.com/

If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student and have experienced or witnessed bullying at work and would like to speak to someone, call Doctors' Health in Queensland 24/7 on 07 3833 4352.

If you would like to explore how to tackle this problem in your own workplace, contact us at admin@dhq.org.au
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