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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
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:
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|
|Heidi Shukralla||JHC||O&G RMO|
|Michael Page(Co-chair DiT committee)||FSH||Path reg|
|Katy Algie||GP||GP Reg|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ph: (08) 9321 3098
Suicide prevention and Crisis Support
Ph:13 11 14
Free counselling 24/7
Ph: 1300 659 467
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
Ph: 1800 337 068
Ph: 1300 361 008
Contact details for Employee Assistance Program providers vary by region
Ph: 1800 629 028
24/7 service provides access to free advice and up to three counseling sessions for RACGP members.
ph : 1300 366 789.
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
Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group for Anaesthetists and Anaesthetists in training.
Welfare Officers are in place at each teaching hospital Anaesthetic Department.
24 hr EAP support for RACP members
EAPs and support contacts for RACS members
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)
8.30am – 5.00pm AEST Monday–Friday (or call out of hours and leave a message to receive a call-back)
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
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
Site supporting mentally healthy workplaces providing businesses free tools and resources to take action