As a doctor, the tendency is to prioritise everyone else’s welfare, but looking after yourself is critically important. The Australian Medical Association (WA) and the AMA (WA) Doctors in Training (DiT) Practice Group are committed to protecting DiT welfare and focus on identifying issues that impact on the wellbeing of West Australian DiTs, planning events and creating strategies to advocate for:
- Mental health
- Welfare and work life balance
- Stress and coping
- Drug and Alcohol issues
- Physical health
Contact the DiT Practice Group or the AMA (WA) if you are seeking advice or assistance relating to DiT welfare.
Your employer or training college may have an Employee Assistance Program that offers advice and support services relating to your well-being in the workplace. In addition to employer offered services, the following organisations offer health and support services:
Doctors Health Advisory Service WA
A confidential 24-hour health service available to all doctors and medical students. It can be utilised by the person themselves, or by a concerned family member, friend, colleague or staff member.
Callers do not need to identify themselves and speak to a panel of experienced male and female GPs. Calls are exempt from the mandatory reporting requirements of the Medical Board of Australia.
Phone: (08) 9321 3098
AMA (WA) Workplace Relations and Support
Providing AMA (WA) members advice on their workplace rights and entitlements, including managing rostering issues, illness and injury, welfare, bullying and work-life balance. The AMA (WA) also provides advice to members who employ staff, how to manage their obligations as an employer and deal with workplace issues such as bullying.
Phone: (08) 9273 3000
Internship 101 – what you need to know
The AMA (WA) Internship 101 guide provides a range of articles, useful tips and tricks and other resources to assist you throughout your internship.
AMA (WA) Sexual Harassment-OUT
AMA (WA) and WA Health initiative designed to educate and support all doctors tackle workplace sexual harassment.
Lifeline – Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 13 11 14
Information on depression, anxiety and related disorders, available treatments and where to get help, including a 24/7 support line and online chat function.
Phone: 1300 22 4636
JMO Survival Guide
Written by doctors in training for doctors in training. Includes information and useful contacts, and can be used as a guide for where to go for help or advice.