Member wellbeing

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.

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Your wellbeing

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.


Our services

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.

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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 wellbeing@ranzcog.edu.au.

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 wellbeing@ranzcog.edu.au

Emotional Intelligence and Compassion workshop
Learn to activate your personal agency in high emotional labour settings for sustained wellbeing.

Policies and procedures

SUPPORT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Trainee in Difficulty Policy
RANZCOG is committed to providing a training support structure that is fair, consistent, transparent and…
Conflict of Interest Policy
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (the College) is committed…
Complaints Policy
The approach used by RANZCOG to address and resolve complaints.

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’

Qld GPs and psychologists:Doctors’ Health Queensland Find a health professional webpage

SA GPs list: Doctors’ Health SA Find a GP webpage

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

NT: Doctors Health NT Find a GP webpage

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.


Adverse outcomes

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

Videos


External services and resources

Health and wellbeing referral options

Australia

Headspace: providing support and resources to strengthen your ability to manage your mental health. 

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.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: practical ‘next steps’ for information or support services regarding alcohol or drugs.  

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.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand: a comprehensive list of helplines and services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help.

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

Australia

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 commissions

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. 

Medical Council of New Zealand: support for doctors

Te ORA: Māori Medical Practitioners Associations

Medical Association support

Australia

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.

AMA ACT
AMA NSW
AMA NT
AMA Qld
AMA SA
AMA Tas
AMA Vic
AMA WA

Aotearoa New Zealand

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is a pan-professional medical organisation representing the collective interests of all doctors. 

NZMA Member Advisory Service

Pacific region

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.

Hand-n-hand
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. 


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 aimed to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification.

Download AHPRA’s mandatory notification guidelines here.

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

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


Advocating for your wellbeing

Meet the leadership committees and working groups advocating for your wellbeing at the College.

Wellbeing Working Group

Chair

Dr Katrina Calvert


2022 MEETING DATES

24 February, 6 June; future dates TBC


CONTACT: wellbeing@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Clare Wells


TERMS OF REFERENCE
Coming soon

Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group

Chair: Dr Nisha Khot

Deputy Chair: Dr Gillian Gibson


2022 MEETING DATES

TBC; contact coordinator


CONTACT: shannah@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Sabrina Hanna


Trainees’ Committee

Chair: Dr Sara Ooi

Deputy Chairs: Dr Rania Abdou and Dr Sam Holford


2022 MEETING DATES

6 July 2022, 19 October


CONTACT: training@ranzcog.org.nz
COORDINATOR: Meagan Buttigieg


Contact your local trainee representative


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.


Contact us

Your local office

Local solutions are often the best solutions

Members

Contact Clare Wells,
Wellbeing Coordinator
Email: wellbeing@ranzcog.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9114 3939

Trainees and SIMGs

Contact Carly Moorfield,
Training Support Liaison
Email: traineeliaison@ranzcog.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 6102 2096

EAP

We offer short-term counselling and a 24-hour support line through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

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FURTHER WELLBEING RESOURCES

Wellbeing and CPD

Find out how educational health and wellbeing activities can be approved towards your Continuing Professional Development.

Wellbeing Advocates

Interested in becoming a RANZCOG Wellbeing Advocate? Join this 12-month workplace support pilot project, reporting to the Wellbeing Working Group.


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Fostering Respect

RANZCOG is committed to supporting the cultivation of respectful O&G workplaces and training environments, free from bullying, harassment and discrimination of any kind. This stance aligns with our values of kindness, integrity and respect.