DiT Welfare Subcommittee

DiT Welfare Subcommittee


The Welfare Subcommittee was formed by the AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Committee in 2015 to promote and protect the welfare of DiTs in Western Australia. We are interested in the welfare of all DiTs from internship through to advanced training.


Our aims are to identify issues that impact on the wellbeing of West Australian DiTs, with the plan to create strategies, link existing support structures and advocate for issues in:

  • Mental health
  • Welfare and work life balance
  • Stress and coping
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Physical health
  • Bullying
  • Harassment

We feel it is possible to prevent harm and loss of life, improve workplace retention and support, and encourage a culture of healthy, balanced and resilient doctors to act as good patient role models.


Our first general meeting on 7th of January 2016 was well attended by a diverse cross section of DiTs. Group discussion identified some of the contemporary issues experienced by junior staff within specific hospitals and in general health employment.


Coming events will be a symposium and feedback session in July 2016 exploring JMO hospital welfare management and a survey in the second half of the year to further characterise these issues.


DIT Welfare Subcommittee Members:


Ros Forward (Co-chair) SCGH RMO
Sarah Newman(Co-chair) GP GP Reg
Marie Herd SCGH RMO
Anton Lavell SCGH RMO
Binu Jayawardena SCGH Intern
Maureen Krasnoff SCGH Intern
Alwin Lian RPH Intern
Andrew Robinson RPH Intern
Heidi Shukralla JHC O&G RMO
Michael Page(Co-chair DiT committee) FSH Path reg
Katy Algie GP GP Reg
Rikki Priest KEMH RMO


Getting involved:


We are interested to hear from junior doctors, consultants and allied health staff who would like to stay informed or contribute to the project.




If you are interested in joining our subcommittee, please send us an email.


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Any queries, don’t hesitate to contact us individually or via: dit@amawa.com.au


If you are experiencing any trouble and need advice, please contact:


Doctors Health Advisory Service WA 

Formerly AMA Colleague of First Contact

Available  24/7

Ph: (08) 9321 3098



Suicide prevention and Crisis Support

Ph:13 11 14


Suicide Call back service

Free counselling 24/7

Ph: 1300 659 467


Public Hospital Support:


Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia (PMCWA)

Primarily funded by the Department of Health, PMCWA aims to provide leadership for early postgraduate medical education and training in Western Australia.

Ph: 9222 2125



JMO Survival Guide (PGMCWA)

Written by junior doctors for junior doctors includes information and useful contacts, and can be used as a guide for where to go for help or advice. Click here for more information.


 WA Public health system Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Professional counseling service available 24/7

Converge International

Ph: 1800 337 068


PPC Worldwide

Ph: 1300 361 008



WACHS (Regions)

Contact details for Employee Assistance Program providers vary by region

Ph: 1800 629 028


RACGP members:

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

ph : 1300 366 789.


General Practice Registrars Australia:

Not-for-profit organisation representing students, prevocational doctors and GP registrars.Handy hints of maintaining wellbeing from the representative body for prevocational doctors

GPRA have a great resource focusing on personal stories and tips from doctors for doctors


 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists:

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

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


Royal Australasian College of Physicians Support Program

24 hr EAP support for RACP members

Guide on survival as a new consultant


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Support Program

EAPs and support contacts for RACS members


Doctors Welfare sites:


DHAS NSW: Junior Doctors Resources



Are you ok?: A website to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors



Support 4 Docs

Information and support for UK doctors



Australian Medical Students Assocation



British Medical Association Doctors Wellbeing site



Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’

Confidential advice is available to all members of the RANZCP. Call for support on any issue that affects your physical or mental wellbeing.

Ph: 1800 941 002 (AUS) or 0800 220 728 (NZ)

Email: support@ranzcp.org

8.30am – 5.00pm AEST Monday–Friday (or call out of hours and leave a message to receive a call-back)



Substance Abuse:

Australian Doctors in Recovery:

Support group also provides contacts for anonymous contact and advice




Rural Health West Family Support Program

For support of rural doctors and their families

Ph: 6389 4500

Email: FamilySupport@ruralhealthwest.com.au


Mental Health:


Beyond Blue


ph: 1300 224 636


Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.




Government funded site for promotion and support of mental wellbeing




helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life



Heads up

Site supporting mentally healthy workplaces providing businesses free tools and resources to take action



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