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Ask for help, you are not alone

10 February 2020

For Carly Moorfield sharing a worry or asking for help can be one of the most courageous things you can do, and that’s the message she has for trainees in her role at the College as Senior Coordinator, Trainee Liaison.
 
“Fellowship training is a long road – a lot can happen in life, training and work during that time,” Carly says. “While training can be exciting and rewarding, we’re all human, and it’s ok to not be ok at times.”
 
RANZCOG is committed to supporting Trainees and Supervisors and has established the Training Support Unit, a safe, professional and impartial service for Trainees and Supervisors.
 
“We want to reduce stigma of asking for help; rather than being a sign of weakness, it shows strength and takes courage. It can be a relief to know you’re not alone and what you’re feeling isn’t weird or wrong,” Carly says.
 
“We provide support and resources to help you take care of yourself during training. If you’re ever struggling and want to take to someone, you can contact me or Converge – the independent service which provides confidential support to RANZCOG Trainees, SIMGs and Fellows (and their immediate family members) across Australia and New Zealand.”
 
Support through Converge is available through access to qualified and experienced counsellors on a range of issues. All sessions are entirely confidential, and the first four sessions are fully subsidised by the College.
 
Carly, a trained counsellor and member of the Australian Counselling Association, says when a trainee contacts her, her role is to listen. “I can suggest options you mightn’t have considered and talk over what you might like to do next,” she says.
 
“Our conversations are confidential, excepting mandatory reporting requirements, of course. It stays between us, and only goes further with your permission. You don’t even have to give me your name.”
 
Carly, who has researched and published studies on burnout in physicians and interventions that increase their resilience, says RANZCOG also urges trainees to have their own GP. “I understand that it might sound like a ‘nice-to-have’ or be hard to fit around your work and home demands,” she says. “Perhaps think about how having a GP might support goals that are meaningful to you; for example, to provide your best care, to have a long career or to be a great parent.”
 
RANZCOG is committed to providing support and resources so members and trainees can practice self-care, discuss challenges openly and seek help when it’s needed. Find out more on the RANZCOG website.
 
You can contact Carly via email ​​ [email protected], or phone +61 8 6102 2096.



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