Support Services

Many medical professional organisations offer employee or member benefits that include personal support and helplines. The list below is not exhaustive.

These resources are unaffiliated to Doctors’ Health in Queensland.

 

For all doctors and medical students

For immediate crisis support:

Medical Indemnity Providers

Other supports

  • AMA: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is a membership organisation representing registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia.
  • AMA Queensland: QLD based membership organisation providing support, leadership, promotion and advocacy for the advancement of the medical profession in Queensland at all stages of their career.
  • CRANAplus Bush Support Service: a free and confidential telephone counselling service for rural and remote area health professionals and their families.
  • Rural Doctors Association Queensland: supporting rural and remote doctors and the communities they serve.
  • General Practice Training Queensland: educate, inspire and prepare GPs to deliver quality primary care outcomes.
  • Beyondblue’s Health Services Program: The aim of the Health Services Program is to address the prevalence of anxiety, depression and suicide in staff working in health services across Australia.
  • TEN- The Essential Network for Health Professionals:  TEN connects health workers to a network of essential resources and support to manage stress and maintain good mental health.
Workplace Support
  • Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN) has extended its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to all primary health professionals and staff to support their wellbeing during the stresses of COVID-19. The EAP provides a high-quality, short-term, professional counselling service to assist with personal and work-related issues. 
  • Your Hospital and Health Service (HHS) may have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available, eg. Queensland Health EAP.
  • Your local HR department may have other supports available.
College Supports

 

Junior Doctors

AMA Council of Doctors in Training: Advocating for issues of importance to doctors in training.

Medical Students

Medical Student Society Contact Details

UQMS (Uni of Queensland)

UQMind is UQMS's Wellbeing Division.
Send UQMind a message via Facebook.
Or send an email to uqmind.chair@uqms.org
Website: http://uqms.org/

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Sharper Minds - a package of resources for first year UQ Students physical and mental health so that you can achieve your best at University.

MSSBU (Bond Uni) Email: mssbu@student.bond.edu.au or
https://www.facebook.com/TheMSSBU/
https://www.mssbu.org/
JCUMS (James Cook Uni) Send email to wellbeing@jcumsa.org.au
or make contact through their FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/JCUMSA/
https://jcumsa.org.au/
GUMS (Griffith Uni) Send an email to GUMS contact@gums.org.au or a message via their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/GUMSMedSoc/
www.gums.org.au

Australian Medical Students Association: The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for Australian medical students.

When the cowpat hits the windmill: The National Rural Health Network’s mental health guide. Written by students for students and last updated June 2019.

Career Support Services

Medi-Nav: A QLD Health initiative to help you to compare specialites

Medical Career Planning: Career counselling for doctors and medical students. Available one on one or via a self paced online course.

Other Doctors' Health Services

DRS4DRS

DRS4DRS has been developed by the medical profession for the medical profession. Through our network of doctors’ health advisory and referral services, we offer an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. DRS4DRS promotes the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Australia. We’re here to help you find the support you need – online resources, referral services and importantly for wellbeing, we’ll help you find a GP.

Australasian Doctors' Health Network: Established as an independent network of doctors' health services across Australia and New Zealand.

Links to other state and territory doctors’ health services:

Financial Support

Medical Benevolent Association of Queensland (MBAQ): The Association provides financial assistance to help medical practitioners through crises.

 

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Australian Doctors in Recovery: A doctors’ mutual support group in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other substances.

Postvention

StandBy - Support After Suicide: StandBy is Australia’s leading suicide postvention program dedicated to assisting people and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide.

Resources:

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Physician Residency/Fellowship Programs

EveryMind: Understanding Suicide

General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration: After suicide: A resource for GPs

Mindfulness & Mental Health

The Smiling Mind Healthcare Worker Program is a new app to support the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers.

Head to Health: If you’re trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options.

Black Dog Institute: Creating a mentally healthier world through the translation of research.

Crazy Socks 4 Docs: Help raise awareness of the mental health of doctors and health professionals.

R U OK?: is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, encouraging all of us to notice the signs of mental health struggle in friends, family, and colleagues.

Peer Support

Hand-n-Hand: A bi-national peer support network for healthcare professionals.

RACGP Peer Support Groups: Enquire through RACGP.

Relationship Support

Relationships Australia: Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.

Other Groups

ASPM Case Consultation Groups: Allow a small group of clinicians (maximum of eight) to participate in a facilitated case consultation.

Balint Groups: Structured clinical reflective practice groups.

Beauty Within Medicine: To revolutionise medical education by breaking down stigma and celebrating diversity and equality in medicine, creating a worldwide community of more informed health professionals.

WRaPEM: WRaP EM is a group of ordinary but passionate clinicians and medical educators who want to promote the concepts of Wellness, Resilience and Performance, from being considered “the soft stuff” to becoming a core part of Emergency Medicine practice.

MedicGuild: Latest resources and conversations created by and for medical students and doctors, from OSCEs to medical specialties we demystify the medical journey.

Pandemic Kindness Movement: The Pandemic Kindness Movement was created by clinicians across Australia, working together to support all health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Support

askizzy.org.au   Ask Izzy is a mobile website that connects people who are in crisis with the services they need right now and nearby.

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