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Research on Doctors’ Mental Health

Written by Dr Ross Phillipson Research has shown that the majority of doctors generally enjoy good physical health. However, there has been concern expressed over many years that the mental health of doctors is not as high as it should be. Sadly, the suicide rate...

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Queensland’s bespoke support service for doctors and medical students is pleased to announce a new name to better reflect the support we’ve been providing to doctors and medical students in Queensland for over 30 years. Formerly your local doctors’ health advisory service (DHAS(Q) & QDHP) we will be now known together as “Doctors’ Health in Queensland” (DHQ).

Queensland’s bespoke support service for doctors and medical students is pleased to announce a new name to better reflect the support we’ve been providing to doctors and medical students in Queensland for over 30 years. Formerly your local doctors’ health advisory service (DHAS(Q) & QDHP) we will be now known together as “Doctors’ Health in Queensland” (DHQ).

Callers to our help-line will always speak to a senior GP or specialised counsellor who has had training and is experienced in supporting doctor and medical student colleagues with a wider range of general health and stress-related problems. Doctors’ Health in Qld’s...

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***Big news!***

***Big news!***

The Queensland Doctors' Health Programme is now Doctors' Health Queensland! Our helpline number is the same (07 3833 4352).

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Its our 4th Birthday on the 1st June!

Its our 4th Birthday on the 1st June!

QDHP is celebrating 4 years this Monday 4th of June 2020. We have some exciting changes coming soon. We would like to thank all the wonderful people who have helped QDHP grow and have been involved in doctors' health in Queensland.

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2020 Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day 5th June

2020 Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day 5th June

Join colleagues, friends and health professionals Australia wide to kick off the 2020 CrazySocks4Docs Day with a not-to-be-missed virtual event hosted by Dr Sally Cockburn – family doctor, health advocate, media presenter and writer.Don your craziest socks...

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A polite reminder:

A polite reminder:

We have recently been receiving a number of calls from concerned members of the public looking for guidance on the coronavirus. For information on the coronavirus please call the Department of Health's dedicated Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080....

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What to expect when you call the QDHP Helpline:

What to expect when you call the QDHP Helpline:

When you call the Helpline, an agent at our paging service will answer your call. They will ask you for *a* name and contact number on which our on-call GP or counsellor can reach you. The confidential helpline is staffed by trained senior General Practitioners and...

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October 10th was World Mental Health Day.

October 10th was World Mental Health Day.

The following podcasts feature doctors talking about their own experiences with mental ill health. They speak out to inspire us all to #SeeBeyondTheStigma. In this Lifeline "Holding on to Hope" podcast, Dr Kieran Allen, himself a psychiatry registrar, speaks openly...

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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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Looking for information on burnout?

Check out this resource from the RANZCP Your Health in Mind

www.ranzcp.org/files/temp-folder/burnout-and-compassion-fatigue.aspx

For more doctors' health resources go to our website: www.dhq.org.au/
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Read the new Australian Medical Association Position Statement on the Health and Wellbeing of Doctors and Medical Students here: ama.com.au/position-statement/health-and-wellbeing-doctors-and-medical-students-2020

An important reminder - you do not need to be an AMA member to access your local state/territory Doctors' Health Advisory Service. All QLD based doctors and medical students can call Doctors' Health in Queensland 24/7 for support on 07 3833 4352.
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Did you know Doctors' Health in Queensland isn't just a 24/7 helpline? We can also provide expert speakers (online or in person) on a range of doctors' health issues.

Contact us today at [email protected] to find out more!
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Doctors' Health in Queensland's own Vicky Dawes chaired the live streamed Suicide Prevention and Aftercare Panel discussion this weekend for the AMA Queensland Junior Doctor Conference.

The panel featured expertise from:

🔹 QLD Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic Queensland Mental Health Commission
🔹 Dr Kairi Kolves from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention - AISRAP
🔹 Julie Huntington from Pine Rivers Private Hospital
🔹 Jessica Jackson, sister of the late Dr Chloe Abbott (online from Sydney)

It's not too late to register - see details below. This year the #JDC2020 is all online. All live sessions will be available as recordings by the following week.

Doctors' Health in Queensland is independent from the Australian Medical Association. All doctors and medical students across Queensland can call our free helpline 24/7 on 07 3833 4352, no registration or membership required.#JDC2020 launched on Saturday and was a big hit! Special thanks to Dr Helena Franco for chairing and to all speakers and panellists. These sessions are now available to view on demand along with the rest of week one.
Registration is free for members and has reopened: bit.ly/3eGds75
Here's a snap of the Suicide prevention and after care panellists (excluding Jessica Jackson who dialled in).
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Don't miss out! Registrations for the AMA Queensland Junior Doctor Conference close today (Friday 26th) at 3pm.Registration for #JDC2020 will close TODAY at 3pm (GMT+10). bit.ly/3eGds75
FREE for AMA members
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Are you a GP with Brisbane South PHN? Do you have an interest in doctors' health?

***EDIT: BSPHN have kindly extended their invitation to all QLD doctors, so whether you're a GP, specialist or registrar you are welcome to attend this webinar***

Join our upcoming webinar: 𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬' 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 - 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐏𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰.

Details: 𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞, 𝟔:𝟑𝟎 𝐏𝐌 - 𝟖:𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐌 𝐀𝐄𝐒𝐓

Guest speakers: Dr Margaret Kay, GP and Medical Director of the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme and Dr Anne Ulcoq, GP and President of the Doctors' Health Advisory Service QLD.

Recent times have resulted in a heightened awareness of our personal vulnerabilities in health. Doctors are not immune to these reflections. When we have patients to care for, prioritising our own health can be difficult.

🔹How should we support the health of our practice team?

🔹We know we all need our own GP, but that means that our colleagues need a GP too!

🔹How easy is it to be a doctor-patient, or to be a doctor’s doctor?

This presentation steps beyond a list of self-care messages and confronts the cultural realities that impact upon our wellness and our pathways to care.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: register.gotowebinar.com/register/2583813149434604560
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#CrazySocks4Docs 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓽uring the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme team.

At the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme we 𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓷𝓭 for doctors' health today and everyday by:

🔹 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 about doctors' health (not just mental health)

🔹 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 the conversation about doctors' mental health

🔹 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 for supportive, mentally healthy workplaces for doctors and medical students

🔹 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 by delivering doctors' health education and conducting research into doctors' health

🔹 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 to seek help through our 24/7 free and confidential helpline for all doctors and medical students across Queensland

For more information go to: dhasq.org.au/

Show us your Ⓒ𝐑aŽY 𝔰๏¢𝓴s and share this post to start a conversation!

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***Upcoming event***

The AMA Queensland Junior Doctor Conference is fast approaching.

Our Counsellor & Education Officer Vicky Dawes will be chairing the session on suicide prevention and aftercare.

We hope you can join!
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Don't forget, this Friday 5th June is Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day.

We want to see your wackiest socks!

Wear your craziest socks, take a picture, share and tag Doctors' Health in Queensland and #CrazySocks4Docs

Let's use our crazy socks to encourage conversations about doctors' mental health and help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the medical community.

For more information go to: dhasq.org.au/event/socks4docs/

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🎶 Happy Birthday to the Doctors' Health in Queensland! 🎶

A huge thank you to our volunteer GPs, without whom our 24/7 helpline for doctors and medical students would not exist.

A mega thank you to our staff behind the scenes, Dr Margaret Kay - our Medical Director, Vicky Dawes - our Counsellor and Education officer and Naomi Newton - our Office Manager.

And an enormous thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. Thank you for helping us to highlight the importance of doctors' health in Queensland!

We look forward to many more years providing free, confidential and independent support for doctors and medical students across Queensland.

...and stay tuned ... we have an exciting announcement coming soon...!
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