Member wellbeing

A healthy workforce is integral to patient safety and to quality and sustainable health care. We support all our 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).

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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.

This page is for wellbeing support in times of personal or workplace difficulty.


Our services

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. Converge also runs specialist helplines for First Nations people, LGBTQIA people and for those impacted by domestic violence. Please ask for these helplines when you contact Converge.

A colourful infographic showing the topics covered by our employee assistance program

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)

Please follow the links below to make a booking, and to learn more about the process and questions you will be asked when initially calling to book a session. 

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 (see appendix 4) 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.

Promoting mental health

The following presentations about mental health were given by speakers at our Annual Scientific Meetings.


Policies and procedures

Please click on the three dots in the bottom left corner below to explore our policies and procedures relating to member wellbeing.

SUPPORT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy
This policy should be read in conjunction with the supporting Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Resource Guide.
Code of Conduct
Standard of professional and social behaviour expected of our membership and College Staff.
Complaints Policy
The approach used by RANZCOG to address and resolve complaints.
Exceptional Circumstances and Special Consideration Policy
Individuals are able to apply for variation to the normal requirements on the grounds of…
Gender Equity and Diversity Policy
Principles for RANZCOG to promote, advance, enable and support gender equity and diversity practices.
Trainee in Difficulty Policy
RANZCOG is committed to providing a training support structure that is fair, consistent, transparent and…
RANZCOG Examination Verbal Feedback Policy
Written and verbal feedback provided to RANZCOG examination candidates.


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.

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.

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


Adverse outcomes

Medical complications and adverse events happen. The support you receive after an adverse outcome can be crucial to maintaining your wellbeing.

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

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.

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

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 about you.

NZ Resident Doctors Association: health and wellbeing information and resources for resident 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.

Aotearoa New Zealand

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

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 instill fear into medical practitioners and raise questions about mandatory reporting.

Australia

The requirements to make a mandatory notification changed on 1 March 2020.

Download AHPRA’s mandatory notification guidelines here.

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.

Trainees’ Committee

Chair: Dr Sara Ooi

Deputy Chairs: Dr Rania Abdou and Dr Sam Holford


2022 MEETING DATES

6 July, 19 October


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


Contact your local trainee representative

Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group

Chair: Dr Nisha Khot

Deputy Chair: Dr Gillian Gibson


2022 MEETING DATES

27 September


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


Wellbeing Working Group

Chair: Dr Katrina Calvert

Deputy Chair: Dr Basia Lowes


2022 MEETING DATES

24 February, 6 June; future dates TBC


CONTACT: wellbeing@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Kathryn Jones


TERMS OF REFERENCE
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Advancing system-wide change

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. 

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:

Social media

Join the wellness conversation via our social media channels:

Twitter: @ranzcogwellness

Instagram: @ranzcogwellbeing


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Members

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


Carly Moorfield, Training Support Liaison, smiling at the camera against a purple background

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 Converge, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

Our Members 25 March 2022

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.

Further resources