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Member Support and Wellbeing

As doctors, it can be challenging to balance the demands of a busy profession as well as family and personal commitments. We too, like the rest of society can struggle with depression, anxiety and poor mental health.
 
RANZCOG is committed to providing support and resources to ensure that our members practice self-care, discuss challenges openly and seek help when it’s needed. To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself.

Find out what we're doing to support our members’ health and wellbeing, and the services, networks and resources available to our Fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates and immediate family members below.

 

Our Services and Resources

 

Member Support Program (EAP)

RANZCOG recognises that our Members face stressful situations on a day-to-day basis in both their personal lives and in their demanding yet rewarding professions. This can sometimes result in difficulty maintaining self-care and a healthy work/life balance, which can be detrimental to your physical and mental health.

To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. Being proactive about your mental health and wellbeing is important for your professional and personal lives. Being proactive involves discussing and recognising symptoms and seeking appropriate professional support when needed.

Our Member Support Program, Converge, provides confidential support to RANZCOG Trainees, SIMGs and Fellows (and their immediate family members) across Australia and New Zealand.
 
Support is available through access to qualified and experienced counsellors on a range of issues including:



All sessions are entirely confidential, and your first four sessions within any 12-month timeframe are fully subsidised by the College. Sessions may be face-to-face, by video conference or by phone.

You can book a counselling session by calling the below:
  • 1300 687 327 (Australia)
  • 0800 666 367 (New Zealand)

To book a session online or find out more visit the Converge website.

For any queries, please contact our Wellbeing Coordinator, Clare Wells on [email protected]
 

Trainee and Supervisor Support

For information relating specifically to the support of Trainees and Supervisors, please visit

Training Support
 

RANZCOG Policies & Procedures
 

You can use the Policies & Procedures search tool for locating up-to-date policies covering a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • the Exceptional Circumstances, Special Consideration and Reconsideration Policy and Procedure
  • the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace Policy
  • the Trainee in Difficulty Policy
  • the Conflict of Interest Policy
  • various Appeals Procedures

 

Presentations of interest

RANZCOG Member Wellbeing (PPT)
 

RANZCOG Annual Scientific Meeting presentations

Mental Health in the Medical Profession - Prof Steve Robson (2019)
Emily's Gumboots - Merv Keane (2019)


Adverse Outcomes 

 

Articles on Supporting Yourself and Others


Medical complications and adverse events happen. The support you receive following an adverse outcome is integral to your overall wellbeing. Please see the below published articles from O&G Magazine on how to support yourself and support others following an adverse outcome. 

Coping with adverse outcomes in O&G – by Dr Rachel Collings and Dr Michael Williams

Adverse events: when your care does harm – by Dr Denys Court

  • Includes the ASSIST ME model developed by the National Advocacy Unit, Quality & Patient Safety Directorate in Ireland
  • Provides practical self-care information and pointers




External Services and Resources

 

Health and Wellbeing Referral Options

Tools and resources

RACGP, Keeping the Doctor Alive: a self-care guidebook for medical practitioners (PDF)

AMA Journal of Ethics, To Bully and Be Bullied: Harassment and Mistreatment in Medical Education 

AMA Fatigue Risk Assessment Tool (online resource)
 


Medical Association support

 

Mandatory reporting


Mandatory reporting

Seeking help can often instil fear into medical practitioners and raise questions about mandatory reporting.
 

Australia

The requirements to make a mandatory notification changed on 1 March 2020. The changes aim to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification.

To help practitioners understand the changes, AHPRA has updated its mandatory notifications guidelines.

AHPRA encourages practitioners to seek the help you need – a health issue rarely needs a mandatory notification. The AHPRA website states that 'A treating practitioner is only required to make a mandatory notification in very specific circumstances, when there is a substantial risk of harm to the public (a very high threshold for reporting risk of harm to the public) or in cases of sexual misconduct.'

The Medical Board of Australia website contains additional information on how it manages notifications.
 

New Zealand

Please visit the Medical Council of New Zealand website for more information on mandatory reporting. 
 

More information


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Carly Moorfield
Senior Coordinator, Trainee Liaison
Email[email protected]
Phone: +61 8 6102 2096




​Clare Wells
Wellbeing Coordinator
Email[email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9114 3939

 

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