A career in medicine has many challenges. Paying close attention to your physical and mental health is vital for maintaining a balanced life and career success as a GP. Doctors need to be well to provide high-quality health care to their patients and the community, and to experience medicine as a rewarding and satisfying career.

Knowing when to seek help and where to find help when you need it is an important professional responsibility.

For phone number to access support available in your area, look at the following link, or review the numbers listed below:

The following resources are useful when considering self care:

Doctors’ Self-Care Support Services:

Important Phone numbers

Immediate support, call Lifeline Australia on +61 13 11 14

Doctor’s Health Advisory Service (DHAS)

Provides advice relating to stress, mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, personal and financial difficulties.

Location

Service

Hours

Contact

NSW

DHAS

24/7

02 9437 6552

ACT

Colleague of First Contact

24/7

0407 265 414

NT

DHAS

24/7

02 9437 6552

QLD

DHAS

24/7

07 3833 4352

SA

Doctors’ Health SA

24/7

08 8232 1250

VIC

Victorian Doctors’ Health Program

Business hours

03 9280 8712

WA

DHAS

24/7

08 9321 3098

 

Australian Medical Association (AMA), Victoria and Tasmania.

AMA peer support service is an anonymous and confidential helpline for any doctor or medical student living, working or studying in Victoria or Tasmania. Can discuss stressful incidents, violence or trauma in the workplace, workplace issues – bullying, workload concerns, inability to cope, burnout, career plans, professional life, personal issues and general well-being.

Available 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week on 1300 853 338.

Bush Support Services

Bush Support Line 24/7 in Australia on 1800 805 391.

Rural Family Medical Network

Location

Service

Contact

NSW

NSW Rural Medical Family Network

02 6545 2461

QLD

Queensland Rural Medical Family Network

07 3105 7800

VIC

Rural Medical Family Network Victoria

03 8610 6381

WA

WA Medical Family Network

0407 776 945

 

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) Dr DOC program, South Australia

Dr DOC helpline in South Australia on +61 08 8234 8277.

 

 

Medical indemnity agencies

These provide support services and counselling programs to their members.

Service

Hours

Contact

Avant helpline

24/7

1800 128 268

MDA National medico-legal advice

24/7

1800 011 255

Medical Indemnity Protection Society clinic-legal support

24/7

1800 021 223

Medical Insurance Group Australia emergency support

24/7

08 8238 4444

Medical Insurance Group Australia Doctors’ support service

24/7

1800 777 156

 

The Medical Benevolent Association

Assists medical practitioners and their families who are in financial hardship

Location

Service

Contact

NSW/ACT

The Medical Benevolent Association of NSW

02 9987 0504

QLD

The Medical Benevolent Association of QLD

07 3872 2222

VIC

The Victorian Medical Benevolent Association

03 9496 4295

SA

The Medical Benevolent Association of SA

08 8267 4355

 

Anxiety and depression

Beyondblue 24/7                                 1300 22 4636

Alcohol and drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous 24/7            1300 22 22 22

Narcotics Anonymous  24/7             1300 652 820

Gambling

Gambling Help Online   24/7            1800 858 858

Gamblers Anonymous Australia        02 9726 6625