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We encourage all doctors and medical students to have their own GP (and importantly, that you build a trusted relationship with them), but what about being a doctor to another doctor? How do you find the correct balance with a health literate patient who still needs support and care like any other patient?

A new online modular education course is now available to help you to learn more about caring for and treating your doctor colleagues: www.drs4drs.com.au/become-a-dr4drs/
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1 week ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

Fantastic initiative out of Sydney. How often have you got to the end of your work day without eating and drinking properly? How much would it help to have a workplace that actively supports you to be hydrated and nourished?! 🍽🥗A recent survey undertaken by our RPA MDOK wellbeing team found that most of our junior doctors struggle to find time to take meal breaks. Or even drink enough water to keep themselves adequately hydrated during their shifts.
Research shows that taking regular breaks improves wellbeing, decision-making and mood, which is better for our patients.
So, last month, we instituted protected lunch breaks where we encourage junior doctors to take a break between 12pm and 1pm each day. Paging is limited to emergencies only during this time.
This week, we also installed vending machines around RPA providing fresh, healthy meals for staff around the clock – particularly important for those on night shift.
One has been installed near the Emergency Department staffroom and a second in our operating theatres.
Meals on offer include spaghetti bolognese, eggplant parmigiana, chicken and mushroom lasagne, and mushroom risotto. Or, if you’re feeling like something with a bit more spice, you could go for the coconut beef madras curry with pea puree. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are on offer as well.
There’s no longer any need to resort to a dinner of chips and chocolate on the run. And early next year, we hope to install sparkling water taps for staff.
Because healthier, happier clinicians provide better patient care.
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Scenes from our workshop at the recent Australasian Doctors' Health Conference. We take ourselves very seriously here in doctors' health as you can see...

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Wonderful session learning about the fantastic benefits of having an inclusive-drop-in-no-experience-required-choir. As part of the MDOK program at RPA in Sydney. We got to sing too! 🎤 🎵 🎶

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Our Medical Director, Dr Margaret Kay talking about being a doctor to doctor-patients at the #drshealthperth19 conference. ... See MoreSee Less

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Next week we will be in Perth for the Australasian Doctors Health Conference! Who is coming?

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We need your help!

We often speak to doctors and medical students who did not realise that doctors health advisory services exist... and most importantly that we offer free and confidential support to doctors and medical students 24/7!

Please help us to spread the word - share our post with your friends and ask them to share too.

For more information go to: dhasq.org.au/
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Time to shine a light on an Aussie based organisation that really gets to the heart of what it means to connect with compassion, an ethos that means a lot to us here at the QLD Doctors' Health Programme.

StandBy - Support after Suicide is Australia’s leading suicide postvention program dedicated to assisting people and communities impacted by suicide.

Who StandBy supports:

Anyone who has been impacted by suicide at any stage in their life, including:

Individuals, families and friends
Witnesses
Schools, workplaces and community groups
Frontline responders and service providers

What StandBy can provide:

Free face-to-face and telephone support at a time and place that is best for you
Accessible 24/7, providing direct and coordinated support from local services and groups in your area
Expertise, understanding and resources for your particular situation
Continued follow up contact for up to 1 year to ensure you are not alone and receive any ongoing support you may need

To find out more go to: standbysupport.com.au/

If you are currently having suicidal thoughts, please seek immediate assistance by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you are with is in need of immediate support please call an ambulance or Police on 000.

For free confidential, non-crisis support, doctors and medical students can call the QLD Doctors' Health Programme on 07 3833 3452. We also accept calls from concerned family members and colleagues of doctors and medical students. For doctors' health services in other states and territories, go to: www.drs4drs.com.au/
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1 month ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

A reminder of what to expect when you call the QDHP helpline...What to expect when you call the QDHP Helpline:

When you call the Helpline, an agent at our paging service will answer your call. They will ask you for *a* name and contact number on which our on-call GP or counsellor can reach you.

The confidential helpline is staffed by trained senior General Practitioners and Counsellors experienced in supporting colleagues suffering from a wide range of health and stress-related problems. We can also help you to access appropriate additional services, when required.

Please note that the Helpline is not a crisis line. If you are experiencing a crisis, urgent crisis support is available at:

Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyondblue – 1300 22 4636
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

For more information go to our website: dhasq.org.au/
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Thanks to Dr James Dundas for this terrifying halloween pumpkin...

Any guesses?

Twitter @angularboxoid
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How's this for an idea?!

A project led by UTS Sydney is curating a Virtual Empathy Museum with the aim of helping caring professions to become more compassionate.

www.virtualempathymuseum.com.au/

To read more about the genesis of this inspiring project head on over to Croakey - independent, in-depth social journalism for health: croakey.org/the-empathy-museum-addressing-compassion-fatigue-in-the-caring-professions/
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Doctors' health is not just about mental health. Doctors' health encompasses all that affects our biopsychosocial wellbeing.

Read Dr Simon Menelaws' beautifully written blog about being a family during Simon's wife's diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer…and its recurrence. They are currently travelling around Australia.

thebreastdaysofourlife.wordpress.com/2019/10 /21/38-and-impermanent/Doctors' health is not just about mental health. Doctors' health encompasses all that affects our biopsychosocial wellbeing.

Read Dr Simon Menelaws' beautifully written blog about being a family during Simon's wife's diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer...and its recurrence. They are currently travelling around Australia.

thebreastdaysofourlife.wordpress.com/2019/10 /21/38-and-impermanent/
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"Between July 2017 and June 2019, over 650 calls were received by the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme for acute and chronic stress, mental and physical health issues, severe fatigue, and bullying. Over 50% of calls in the last year were from junior doctors."

If you would like to speak to someone about difficulties that you are facing call us on 07 3833 4352. Medical students and doctors in other states can find contact details for their local doctors' health advisory service here: www.drs4drs.com.au/

Read Drs Emily Shao, Kate Engelke and Margaret Kay's article in the The Medical Journal of Australia here:

insightplus.mja.com.au/2019/41/mental-health-of-doctors-in-training-a-reflection/
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Check out the fantastic video by James Kable of The Hype Project of our art exhibition opening night event! Great memories. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

The following podcasts feature doctors talking about their own experiences with mental ill health. They speak out to inspire us all to #SeeBeyondTheStigma.

In this Lifeline "Holding on to Hope" podcast, Dr Kieran Allen, himself a psychiatry registrar, speaks openly about his own struggles with mental illness and how he uses his experience to help others: www.lifeline.org.au/podcast

Cardiologist and founder of #CrazySocks4Docs Day, Dr Geoff Toogood speaks on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons "Post Op" podcast podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/combating-the-rise-of-mental-illness/id1125227899?i=1000451974166

Doctors and medical students in QLD can seek confidential 24/7 support from the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme on 07 3833 4352. For support in other states and territories go to: www.drs4drs.com.au/

For suicide crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 any time.

If life is in danger call 000.

#WorldMentalHealthDay #MentalHealthPromise #MakeMentalHealthMoreVisible
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October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

What's your #MentalHealthPromise ?

How can you commit to supporting your own mental health and that of your friends and colleagues? What steps can you take to help break down stigma around mental illness? What changes can your workplace make to support employees mental health? How can you make sure the language you use enables others to seek help?

If you are a QLD based doctor or medical student and need confidential support please call the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme 24/7 helpline on 07 3833 4352.

Not in QLD? To find your local doctors' health advisory service go to: www.drs4drs.com.au/

For crisis support please call: Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If it is an emergency call 000.

To find out more about World Mental Health Day go to: Mental Health Australia
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2 months ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

Townsville doctors! Don't miss out on this Creative Careers in Medicine and TMSS (Townsville Medical Staff Society) event on 17th October. Get your tickets here: bit.ly/31VqpUDTownsville are you ready! CCIM is on the road- our first stop is up north.
Over a wonderful dinner hear from a great panel and CCIM Founder, Dr Amandeep Hansra.
It's the perfect opportunity to network and see what some amazing humans are doing in the medical sphere (and maybe pick up some inspiration for your own path).
An evening like this would not be possible without the support of the Townsville Medical Staff Society and the brilliant Ashe Coxon of Medical Career Planning. Lock in your seat by registering - link in the comments.
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"Connecting with compassion" read our latest article in the Spring edition of AMA Queensland's Doctor Q magazine.

"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity." Pema Chödrön.
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Interested in doctors' health? Register now for the 2019 Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 22-23rd November in Fremantle WA: bit.ly/2Yqc5ow

This year's theme is "Creating a Healthy Workplace" and the program is looking awesome! Great job organising Doctors' Health Advisory Service Western Australia!
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3rd year UQ Medicine med student E-Hong's stunning bird linoprints sold out super fast on the opening night of the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Art Exhibition! If you missed out, head on over to E-Hong's brand new facebook page: Sialaheh ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme

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We are delighted to announce the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Connectedness Art Exhibition People's Choice Award winner is Dr David Bleakley's ceramic sculpture: Dugongs - Adult and Juvenile. Congratulations David! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tell your colleagues about the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme. Download your free infographic poster here: dhasq.org.au/resources/ ... See MoreSee Less

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