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Personal Health Resources for Doctors, Medical Students and their families in WA

(updated 9th January 2017)

Doctor's Health Advisory Service – DHAS WA (formerly Colleague of First Contact)

For Doctors in crisis, or not sure where to go for help with personal or health problems. This totally confidential 24 hr health service is available to all Doctors and Medical Students. It can be contacted by the person themselves, or by a concerned family member, friend, colleague or staff member. Callers do not need to identify themselves. It consists of a panel of experienced male and female GPs, and is independent, reporting back to no medical organisation. Calls are exempt from the mandatory reporting requirements of the Medical Board of Australia.

Problems dealt with include stress, depression, suicidal thought, substance abuse, grief or concerns about illness. Sometimes the contact can be about impaired performance in a colleague. The panel of GPs usually discuss the options available to callers when they are faced with a dilemma, or advise the caller on the most appropriate referral services.

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Phone: (08) 9321 3098

Website: www.adhn.org.au

The DHAS WA will be holding a Doctors for Doctors Workshop on Saturday 6th May, 2017.

Topics covered will include:

  • Doctors' Health Issues
  • Doctors with Mental Illness
  • Barriers to Doctors seeking health care
  • The Drug or Alcohol affected doctor
  • What do doctors want from a check-up?
  • Tricky situations eg what to charge doctors and their family members?
  • The Cognitely Impaired Doctor
  • Self-treatment

For further information and to rsvp online: https://www.amawa.com.au/event/doctors-for-doctors-workshop-2017/

Personal GP

It is recommended all medical students and doctors have their own GP. If you do not know any GPs then it may be helpful to ask family or friends for a recommendation. If you are new to a suburb then the local pharmacist will know who the GPs in the area are. The following website also has a fairly comprehensive listing of GPs https://healthengine.com.au/. If you are having difficulty finding a GP or have special health needs then you can ring DHAS WA for a recommendation. The Health Engine website also has a fairly comprehensive listing of GPs.

Health Engine Website: www.healthengine.com.au

Hospital Internal Services

Medical Education Unit staff members are available if you need to chat about a range of issues, both professional and personal, during office hours. Most hospitals have their own medical education unit and will be available to help you with any concerns. 

Websitehttp://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/About-us/Postgraduate-Medical-Council/Education-and-Training/Medical-Education-Officers

JMO Health Website

JMO Health is a website developed by the Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors and contains many useful resources including self assessment tools and tips to reduce stress.

Website: www.jmohealth.org.au

RACGP Members

This 24/7 service provides access to free advice and up to three counselling sessions for RACGP members.

GP Support: 1300 366 789

Rural Health West Family Support Program

For rural Doctors and their families

Phone: 6389 4500

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is intended to help you deal with personal or work related problems that might be having a negative effect on your health, well-being and work performance. As a WA Health Employee, you are entitled to access a number of sessions with a counsellor for free. This professional, independent and confidential service is available 24/7. 

Converge International

Phone: on 1300 687 327

Website: www.convergeinternational.com.au

and

Optum

Phone: 1300 361 008

Websitewww.optum.com.au

Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group for Anaesthetists and Anaesthetists in training

Welfare Officers are in place at each teaching hospital Anaesthetic Department. 

Phone: 08 6188 4555 (WA Branch) or Dr Prani Shrivastava 0434 843 055

Website: http://www.anzca.edu.au/fellows/special-interest-groups/welfare-of-anaesthetists/introduction.html

Lifeline 

Lifeline is a 24/7  national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Phone: 13 11 44

Website: https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/get-help-home

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is a 24/7 service that assists people who are experiencing anxiety, depression or any other mental health issues. A trained mental health professional will take your call, listen to you, offer support, and point you in the right direction. 

Phone: 1300 224 636

Website: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Alcohol & Drug Information Service

The Alcohol & Drug Information Service is a confidential, non-judgemental 24/7 helpline for anyone seeking assistance with alcohol or other drug use. Professional drug and alcohol counsellors will listen to your concerns and provide emotional support, provide you with information about all aspects of alcohol and other drug use, treatment options, agencies, and where you can access ongoing support. 

Phone: 08 9442 500 (metro) or 1800 198 024 (country)

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/Gettinghelp/24HourAlcoholAndDrugSupportLines.aspx

Further Information

Further information on Doctor's health in Australia may be obtained from the following sites:

For Medical Students: http://mentalhealth.amsa.org.au/keeping-your-grass-greener/

Australasian Doctors' Health Network: www.adhn.org.au

The Doctor's Health Advisory Service in WA (DHAS WA) has compiled this list of resources. For queries, or to add resource information to this list, contact Dr Elizabeth Connor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Members of DHAS are also available to give talks to medical groups on Doctors health.

The Doctors' Health Advisory Service Western Australia is an independant service supported through funding from the Medical Board of Australia