We believe a healthy workforce and medical profession is integral to patient safety, quality of care and the sustainability of the medical workforce. We support all members and trainees to make their health and wellbeing a priority.
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Diplomates, Certificants and Associate members
Trainees, Fellows and SIMGs
Converge are available 24/7 as a confidential counselling service:
Converge is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to all RANZCOG trainees, SIMGs and Fellows (and their immediate family members) across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
As doctors, it can be challenging to balance the demands of a busy profession with family and personal commitments. We too, like the rest of society can struggle with depression, anxiety and poor mental health.
We support trainees and members to continue to practice during periods of personal difficulty and hardship. Coping with the demands of a busy profession, developing skills, building knowledge as well as balancing family and personal commitments can be challenging.
This page is for wellbeing support in times of personal or workplace difficulty.
RANZCOG has signed up to the ‘Every Doctor, Every Setting’ medical framework, which guides coordinated action on the mental health of doctors and medical students.
Our Member Support program (EAP)
RANZCOG recognises that our Members can face stressful situations, both in 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 affect 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. This involves recognising the signs and seeking informal or 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 Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Through Converge, you can access qualified and experienced counsellors on a range of issues including those set out below.
All sessions are entirely confidential, and the College pays for your first four sessions within any 12-month period. Sessions may be face-to-face, by video conference or by phone.
You can book a counselling session by calling:
- 1300 687 327 (Australia)
- 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Read ‘What to expect when you call Converge‘ which provides information about the process and questions asked when initially calling to book a session.
To book a session online or find out more visit the Converge website.
For any queries, please contact email@example.com.
Trainee and supervisor support
RANZCOG’s Training Support Unit is a confidential and impartial service for trainees, SIMGs and supervisors.
RANZCOG recognises that trainees and SIMGs may experience periods of professional and personal difficulty. Coping with the demands of a busy profession, developing skills, building knowledge as well as balancing family and personal commitments can be challenging.
The College also recognises the importance of supporting supervisors, who ensure trainees and SIMGs receive vital learning opportunities and are given adequate time to develop their skills.
Meet your trainee representatives
Representing you on Council
Your local trainee representative is here to advocate for your needs throughout your training journey.
Workshops and CPD
To support your mental health and wellbeing, the RANZCOG Guide to CPD allows for educational health and wellbeing activities to be approved as part of your continuing professional development. If you’re not sure if a wellbeing activity is relevant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policies and procedures
SUPPORT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
SUPPORT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Mental health presentations
The following presentations about mental health were given by speakers at our Annual Scientific Meetings.
Having your own GP
The Doctors Health Advisory Service has found that fewer than 40 per cent of doctors have an identifiable GP. Many who do are consulting their spouse or practice partner. Many have not consulted that doctor for years.
We can see the value of patients having a personal physician who knows their history and gives personal care, but, in a strange twist of thinking, we don’t see that this applies to ourselves and our families…
So take your own best advice. Find a GP you trust and let them manage your health care. Encourage your colleagues to do the same. This will free you to do what you do best – concentrate on the health of your patients.”
– from ‘Having our own GP‘ by Doctors Health Advisory Service
Find a local health professional
Visit DRS4DRS for information for your annual GP check-up.
Find a local GP, psychologist or psychiatrist who specialises in seeing doctors as patients:
Find a psychiatrist on the RANZCP website: under ‘patient groups’, select the dropdown option, ‘doctors, psychiatrists or medical students’
WA clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and GPs listing: Doctors Health Advisory Service WA Doctors for doctors list
Vic: Contact the Victorian Doctors Health Program for its list of preferred GPs, psychologists and psychiatrists
Tas: Contact the Tasmanian Doctors Health Program (administered by the Victorian Doctors Health Program) for its list of preferred GPs, psychologists and psychiatrists
Aotearoa/NZ: DHAS NZ are compiling a list of preferred treatment providers. Please call DHAS NZ on 0800 471 2654 if you’re seeking a treating practitioner.
Medical complications and adverse events happen. The support you receive after an adverse outcome can be crucial to maintaining your wellbeing.
Please see the resources below on ways to support yourself or others after an adverse outcome.
Support after an adverse outcome
O&G Magazine articles
Read ‘Coping with adverse outcomes in O&G‘ by Dr Rachel Collings and Dr Michael Williams. Includes a toolbox for dealing with adverse outcomes for the short, medium and long term.
Read ‘Adverse events: when your care does harm‘ by Dr Denys Court. Provides practical self-care information, and includes the ASSIST ME model developed by the National Advocacy Unit, Quality & Patient Safety Directorate in Ireland
External services and resources
Health and wellbeing referral options
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia): supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood.
Beyondblue: working to improve mental health and prevent suicide so that all people in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health.
SANE: a national free call helpline providing information, advice and referral to anyone concerned about mental illness.
Lifeline Australia: provides free counselling for suicide prevention and mental health via telephone, online and video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts, 24/7.
Aotearoa New Zealand
Alcohol Drug Helpline: information, advice and guidance to help you care for yourself or someone else impacted by alcohol or other drugs.
Lifeline Aotearoa: free and confidential community helplines answered by qualified counsellors and trained volunteers – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tools and digital resources
Leading Kindness COVID-19 Toolkit: a healthcare-specific wellbeing program developed by doctors in training and awarded RANZCOG’s 2021 Group Wellbeing Award.
The Essential Network (TEN): Developed by health professionals for health professionals, TEN provides specialist, individualised mental health advice and triaged support to connect health workers to the help they need.
AMA Fatigue Risk Assessment Tool (online resource)
Smiling Mind: a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance and mindfulness to people’s lives.
Black Dog Institute: integrating research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover evidence-based solutions and resources to support better mental health for all Australians. Includes an online clinic.
Shift: an app to safeguard the mental health of JMOs. A free, easy-to-use app designed to help you monitor, improve and maintain your mental health and wellbeing while managing the demands of your profession. Search ‘Shift Black Dog Institute’ on the App Store or Google Play.
RACGP, Keeping the Doctor Alive: a self-care guidebook for medical practitioners (PDF)
MindSpot: free online assessment and treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and other mental health conditions.
Practitioner advisory services
DRS4DRS: providing tailored support, online resources and referral services for medical professionals and medical students.
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association: supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and advocating for a culturally safe healthcare system.
Doctors Health Advisory Service Australia: ensuring every doctor has ready access to health care.
Health Care Worker Wellbeing Centre (Victoria): provides support for people in clinical and non-clinical roles across all health care settings.
Victorian Doctors Health Program: a free, confidential service for Victorian and Tasmanian doctors who have health concerns including stress, mental illness and substance use.
CRANA: Crana’s Bush Support Services provides free confidential 24/7 telephone psychological support for all rural and remote health workers and their families.
Health Care Complaints Commission – New South Wales
Health Complaints Commissioner – Victoria
Office of the Health Ombudsman – Queensland
Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner – South Australia
Health and Disability Services Complaints Office – Western Australia
Health and Community Services Complaints Commission – Northern Territory
Human Rights Commission – Australian Capital Territory
Health Complaints Commissioner – Tasmania
Aotearoa New Zealand
Doctors Health Advisory Service NZ: ensuring every doctor has ready access to health care.
Health and Disability Commissioner NZ: information if a complaint is made against you.
NZ Resident Doctors Association: health and wellbeing information and resources for resident doctors.
Te ORA: Māori Medical Practitioners Associations
Medical Association support
The Australian Medical Association advocates on behalf of the medical profession and the public, operating at a federal level and within each state and territory.
Aotearoa New Zealand
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is a pan-professional medical organisation representing the collective interests of all doctors.
Pasifika Medical Association: a network of health professionals working together to meet the health needs of Pacific people in the region.
Unmoderated peer support groups
Pandemic Kindness Movement
Respected, evidence-informed resources and links to services to support the wellbeing of the health workforce, curated by clinicians across Australia.
A closed Facebook group that provides a national interdisciplinary peer support network for Australian healthcare workers. Fill out the form here for peer support options including one-on-one support, joining a peer support group or organising a facilitator to provide peer support to your team.
Seeking help can often instil fear into medical practitioners and raise questions about mandatory reporting.
The requirements to make a mandatory notification changed on 1 March 2020. The changes aimed to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification.
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.
Aotearoa New Zealand
Advocating for your wellbeing
Meet the leadership committees and working groups advocating for your wellbeing at the College.
Wellbeing Working Group
Dr Katrina Calvert
2022 MEETING DATES
24 February, 6 June; future dates TBC
COORDINATOR: Clare Wells
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group
Chair: Dr Nisha Khot
Deputy Chair: Dr Gillian Gibson
2022 MEETING DATES
TBC; contact coordinator
COORDINATOR: Sabrina Hanna
Wellbeing charter and statement
A WELLBEING CHARTER FOR DOCTORS
Medical colleges across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, including RANZCOG, collaborated on this charter so that we can advocate with one voice to institutions, governments and policy makers, ensuring the wellbeing of our doctors.
RANZCOG WELLBEING POSITION STATEMENT
Our Wellbeing Position Statement outlines the College’s commitment to promoting and supporting, staff, trainee and Member health and wellbeing.
Your local office
Local solutions are often the best solutions
Contact Clare Wells,
Phone: +61 3 9114 3939
Trainees and SIMGs
Contact Carly Moorfield,
Training Support Liaison
Phone: +61 8 6102 2096
We offer short-term counselling and a 24-hour support line through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP):
FURTHER WELLBEING RESOURCES
Wellbeing and CPD
Find out how educational health and wellbeing activities can be approved towards your Continuing Professional Development.
Interested in becoming a RANZCOG Wellbeing Advocate? Join this 12-month workplace support pilot project, reporting to the Wellbeing Working Group.