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Art as Medicine?

“Medical students who are significantly engaged in the arts during their spare time, either as an active or passive participant, tend to have higher levels…

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6 days ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

Sometimes it can be hard to prioritise self care, especially at medical school. So easy to let the "I haven't done enough work to relax yet" thought take over. We encourage you all, what ever stage of your medical career to flip the framing - self care is not something to be earned, but something that is *necessary* in order that we can perform at our best, be that studying, supporting our colleagues or being the best doctor we can be for our patients.This photo sums up med school for me...studying as I wait for my yoga class to start.

With a combination of poor sleep hygiene, stress, and a lack of free time to eat well and exercise...ironically, studying to become a doctor has the potential to make us incredibly unhealthy. That’s why I believe it is so important to prioritise my mental and physical wellbeing whenever and wherever I can. I have to constantly remind myself that to effectively care for others I first need to look after myself! That’s why I’m a big lover of yoga and recommend it for EVERYONE ...it’s a discipline that combines mindfulness, flexibility and strength! And no excuses; you don’t need a fancy or expensive membership, just jump onto YouTube for great beginner videos 😇

So yes, it’s no secret that med school consists of late nights, early mornings, too much coffee and compromise...but I’ve found it’s also full of so much friendship, productivity, fulfillment and joy; I just have to find those various opportunities to prioritise my happiness and health! I personally find that getting involved with UQMS events, playing social sport, keeping in touch with my fam, having quiet time (aka yoga), and actively making time for my beautiful non-med friends, really does wonders for those endorphins ❤️
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Minds of Medicine (MoM) is a photography project aiming to provide insights into life and medical school, one story at a time. The portraits and captions capture the struggles, successes and daily lives of our peers. If you would like to get involved, please send a Facebook message to the UQMind page!

If you ever feel like you need support, you can access help from the Doctors Health Advisory Service Queensland (DHASQ), which provides confidential services for doctors and medical students. Their 24/7 Phone (07 3833 4352) is staffed by a senior clinician. dhasq.org.au/. Should you ever feel at risk of suicide or self harm, please contact Emergency Services on 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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2 weeks ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

We can all do our bit to show that we are human first, doctor second. Thank you Heather and UQMind!I love being surrounded by the amazing people I study with. Their varied skills and incredible capacity to learn always astounds me. I’m always inspired by how much my friends and colleagues can achieve, but the dark side is that I always think I’m not good enough. If I let the comparisons begin, there’s no limit to how dreadful I can feel. What is even worse is that by hiding this feeling, I perpetuate the whole ‘benchmarking’ problem.

Since med school started, I’ve changed for the better yet felt worse about myself. After months and months of declining mood, a cumulating sleep debt and more snapping at my loved ones, I had to admit something wasn’t working. Fixing my harmful habits meant that first of all, I had to address my ego and insistence to succeed in the way my friends were. I can’t succeed in the way I feel like my friends are, but I can do what’s best for me and have energy left over for some projects that really matter to me. Tending to my pot plants is a far healthier ‘study break’ than watching Pathoma on double speed, apparently!

Throughout this, I think many of the people who distressed me were also struggling with similar troubles. The people we study with can fire up our anxiety more than any consultant or lecturer ever could. This is something we as a student body are truly in control of. If we talk honestly to each other about how we struggle sometimes and celebrate each other’s little successes, we can put the highs and lows into perspective. I’m still figuring out how to do this well for the people around me, but I think a calm chat and a cup of coffee are always a good start.
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Minds of Medicine (MoM) is a photography project aiming to provide insights into life and medical school, one story at a time. The portraits and captions capture the struggles, successes and daily lives of our peers. If you would like to get involved, please send a Facebook message to the UQMind page!

If you ever feel like you need support, you can access help from the Doctors Health Advisory Service Queensland (DHASQ), which provides confidential services for doctors and medical students. Their 24/7 Phone (07 3833 4352) is staffed by a senior clinician. dhasq.org.au/. Should you ever feel at risk of suicide or self harm, please contact Emergency Services on 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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A huge thank you to Platinum sponsor BDO Australia and Gold Sponsor AMA Queensland for sponsoring our upcoming art exhibition "Connectedness". ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Reflections on the Creative Careers in Medicine Conference by the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme's Education Officer and Counsellor Vicky Dawes.

As a former doctor who now works in doctors’ health, I often walk away from medical conferences feeling slightly inadequate. My inner critic pops up saying “you could never do that”, “those speakers were all so much more intelligent/resilient/creative/hard-working than you” and my favourite chestnut of shame “too bad you didn’t stick it out in medicine”. So why did I leave CCIM feeling like I’d been welcomed into a tribe?

From the moment I was handed my name badge it was clear this wasn’t going to be your usual medical conference. No title, no job description, no postnominals, no mention of if you were a speaker or “just” a delegate. With the playing field levelled, the scene was set for connectedness rather than division, inclusion not hierarchies. As a result, everyone I spoke to… speakers, medical students, doctors on a break, doctors in training, entrepreneurs, CEOs and founders of incredibly successful start-ups, introduced themselves as they saw themselves, not as the external world might perceive them. We connected as humans first, medics second.

Speakers, each truly remarkable in their achievements, shared their routes to success in all their messy, roundabout and often fear-filled and doubt-ridden details. They acknowledged the nay-sayers trying to dissuade them from stepping off the training train, mistakes made and the unexpected opportunities seized. In the breaks between sessions I heard over and over, “At last I’ve found people in medicine who are just like me!” spoken with relief, gratitude and even tears.

To all the doctors and medical students out there who are wondering if they’re on the right path, or are feeling like a bit of an ugly duckling in the medical world (or the Aussie version a platypus), I say – your tribe is right here. Come and join this CCIM of platypuses*. Together we will create magic.

*A CCIM (as of this conference) is the newly coined collective noun for a group of platypuses.
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Art as Medicine?

"Medical students who are significantly engaged in the arts during their spare time, either as an active or passive participant, tend to have higher levels of empathy, emotional intelligence, tolerance of ambiguity and other traits considered positive in a doctor, according to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Those students also tend to have lower levels of the kinds of negative traits associated with burnout, such as physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion and cognitive weariness, the study also found."

On that note... we will be notifying the successful applicants to our upcoming "Connectedness" Art Exhibition very soon. Keep an eye on your in boxes!

www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2018/03/arts-may-make-med-students-better-doctors-and-help-protec...
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3 weeks ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

Listen to Gold Coast doctor Dinesh Palipana and Griffith University alumni in conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC podcast Conversations.After a near-fatal car accident when he was a student made Dinesh Palipana a quadriplegic, he hit rock bottom and then worked incredibly hard to bring himself back to his medical studies.
Now a doctor at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Dinesh has an understanding of spinal patients in his care that's second to none.
Also pictured is Ann Palipana, Dinesh's mother, and a mighty source of support to her son.
Listen to Dinesh in conversation with Richard, here: bit.ly/DrDineshDetermination
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This weekend the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme has been at the Centennial Congress of the Medical Women's Association in New York!

A huge thank you to Dr Anne Ulcoq, President of the Doctors' Health Advisory Service Queensland for your poster presentation "Enabling women physicians to access health care for themselves".

We love the koala 🐨

For more information go to: www.amwa-doc.org/mwia100/
#MWIA100
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Come and learn more about the work we do supporting doctors and medical students around QLD at the #AMAQueensland 2019 Private Practice and Medico-Legal Conference.

To register go to: bit.ly/2LVgo4A
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Wow! Thank you to everyone who has submitted your artwork over the past few weeks. We have been blown away by the quality of the submissions. Queensland medics - you are a talented bunch! We cannot wait to share more details about the upcoming exhibition. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

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Still umming and ahhing about whether to come to the Creative Careers in Medicine conference next month on the Gold Coast? Would $200 off the registration fee twist your arm?! Good job we have a discount code for you to use! Hope to see you there... ... See MoreSee Less

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Hoping to submit your artwork to the @DocHealthQLD Art Exhibition? The deadline for submissions is today (but we're nice folk so drop us an email at admin@qdhp.org.au and we might just give you a few more days...) 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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This September QDHP is hosting an Art Exhibition at Aspire Gallery to show case the artistic talents of doctors and medical students across Queensland.

If you are considering submitting your artwork, don't delay! Applications close in 1 week...

For more information and an application form go to: dhasq.org.au/connectedness-bringing-together-art-and-medicine/
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2 months ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

Doctors are not immune from developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, "the prevalence of PTSD is approximately 2 times greater in physicians, at 14.8%, than in the general population, with emergency medicine resident physicians’ incidence falling in the range of 11.9% to 21.5%." (Vanyo, Lara et al. 2017)

Vicarious trauma, a normal reaction to the stressful experience of multiple exposure to traumatic material (McCann & Pearlman, 1990), can occur too.

If you think you might be affected by PTSD or vicarious trauma please seek help. You can call the QLD Doctors' Health Programme confidentially on 07 3833 4352.Trauma can come in many forms and can affect us in many different ways without us even realising it. Today is National PTSD awareness day. The VDHP are here to support yourself and those around you...
#PTSDawarenessDay #VDHP #StressAndBurnout #DrsNeedDrsToo
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The QDHP helpline is free, confidential and available 24/7 to all QLD-based doctors and medical students.

That's right, there is no cost and no need to sign up or become a member of anything!

You can also call if you are concerned about a friend, colleague or family member who is a doctor or medical student.

For more information about how the doctors' health advisory service was started in QLD, go to: dhasq.org.au/about-dhasq/#dhasq-journey
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A great Live Panel Discussion of issues facing our Doctors in training this afternoon at AMA Queensland's Junior Doctor Conference.

Thanks to Health Minister Steven Miles, Dr Tessa Kennedy, Dr Eric Levi, Dr Bav Manoharan, Dr Hash Abdeen, Dr Dilip Dhupelia, Dr Nicola Campbell and QDHP's Vicky Dawes.

#QJDC2019
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The #AMAQueensland Junior Doctor Conference is on this weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane. Our Education Officer, Vicky Dawes will be representing the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme at the Doctor In Training Live Issues Panel on Sunday afternoon. Get your last minute tickets here: bit.ly/qjdc2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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Dr Margaret Kay and Vicky Dawes presenting on Doctors’ Health at the RDAQ Conference in Cairns (and getting everyone to have a “snowball” fight in the process ❄️ 😆) ... See MoreSee Less

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Dr Margaret Kay and Dr Michael Clements talking about strength and vulnerability in the midst of the Townsville floods (and wearing their crazy socks) at the Rural Doctors Association Qld Conference in Cairns.

#RDAQ2019 #crazysocks4docs
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For those of you who like to get your outfit ready the night before... don’t forget your crazy socks!

Tomorrow Friday 7th June is #CrazySocks4Docs day. A day to acknowledge that it is ok not to be ok as a doctor, starting conversations and breaking down stigma. Doctors are human too!

An ideal opportunity to book an appointment with your own Gp or to start to find one.

Remember the QDHP helpline is free, confidential and available 24/7 for all QLD based doctors and medical students on 07 3833 4352. It’s good to talk to someone who understands.
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3 months ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

A great reminder for us all! Thanks UQMindIf you’re facing exhaustion, it is important to take some steps to recharge your personal battery. You may feel breaks are not productive but breaks are necessary for health and productivity so let’s start viewing them as so. You may not need as much time to recharge as the next person or you may need more and that is okay. Listen to your body to see what it needs.
Tips for your next break:
1. Go for a walk
2. Breathe deeply for one minute
3. Unplug- put away the electronic devices
4. Think of one thing your thankful for
5. Think of one thing you learned today that you didn’t know yesterday- appreciate that.

Mind your mates, mind your wellbeing, mind your mental health 💙
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Did you know, that although the Doctors' Health Advisory Service QLD (DHASQ) has been in operation supporting doctors and medical students across QLD for 30 years, the QLD Doctors' Health Programme (QDHP) - DHASQ's service arm is a spring chicken!

We turn 3 today!

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.
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Crazy socks 4 docs official launch today! ... See MoreSee Less

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#crazysocks4docs season has started! Our wonderful Office Manager Naomi is representing QDHP at Robina Hospital on the Gold Coast today until 1.30pm. Drop in and say Hi (and pick up one of our awesome stress brains 🧠 while you’re at it!)

Amazing socks Naomi! 🧦
Gold Coast Health GUMS: Griffith University Medicine Society
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