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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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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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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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Last 2 days of the exhibition!Happen to pick up the Westside News today?

You might have noticed the fabulous mention of our latest exhibition, ‘Connectedness’, run by the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme!

On show until this Saturday 21st September.
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More from judge Leigh Shoenheimer:

"I have been impressed by both the quality of artwork on exhibit (not entirely unexpected from a group of high-achieving professionals) as well as the diversity of media, skills and approaches evident. It takes some courage to put one’s work into the public domain, but the life cycle of an artwork isn’t entirely complete until it’s presented to an audience for consideration, so congratulations to all of you.

Making a single choice was as difficult as I’d anticipated… so please know that I looked carefully at all of your work and prevaricated for some time, before making my decision.

Special mentions go to:

Paul Thomas’s glorious panorama of the iconic Jacarandas at New Farm Park – the light, colour and format are stunning

Lauren Squires intriguing and humorous (not humerus) illustrations – a lovely blend of anatomy and fantasy, demonstrating impressive rendering techniques ( See more at Almost Anatomical)

Peter Kennedy’s Psychotherapy landscape which along with his Mt Maroon reflect an impressive mastery of colour harmonies, brushwork and aerial perspective (…it’s not easy to paint convincingly fluffy clouds – and these are beautiful!!!)

E-Hong Seah’s lino prints which utilise such strong graphic qualities and cutting technique to represent the liveliness of each of his bird subjects

Jackson Moody’s, moody photographs, which exhibit such well considered compositions as a means of suggesting underlying narratives.

*Don't miss your chance to see the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Art Exhibition at Aspire Gallery and vote for one well deserving artist to win the $300 People's Choice award.*2019 QDHP Art Exhibition "Connectedness"
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A few photos from the QDHP Art Exhibition Opening night event! A great evening was had by all.Thank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural art exhibition opening night event. Congratulations to all our wonderful exhibiting artists! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural art exhibition opening night event. Congratulations to all our wonderful exhibiting artists! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to everyone who came to the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme's Connectedness Opening Night event. We hope you found it to be a night of creativity, connections and inspiration!

We are so happy to announce that the AMA Queensland sponsored First Prize of $500 was awarded to Dr Gael E Phillips for her piece "Special
Places".

Judge Leigh Schoenheimer commented: "I was drawn into Gael’s work by the tiny scale and sheer number of images, all of which demand an intimate relationship with the viewer. The watercolour renderings reflect both technical skill and a delicate sensibility.

Each landscape suggests an emotional vulnerability through its size but also through a looseness of mark and lightness of touch. By presenting images of so many places that are separated from each other by physical distance, it is the artist (the recorder of these sites) who becomes the agent of ‘connection’ in the work. Thus, this work tells us something about the artist, as much as it does the places represented."

For more on Leigh's work go to: www.leighdesigns.com.au/

Don't miss out on your opportunity to see the exhibition at Aspire Gallery before it closes. Opening hours 10.30am - 4.30pm Weds - Sat. Final day this Saturday 21st September!
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We are so happy to announce retired anaesthetist Dr Diana Khursandi as speaker at the Opening Night Event QDHP Art Exhibition: Connectedness. Until recently, Di was Deputy Director of Clinical Training at Caboolture Hospital.

Di has had a long interest in doctors’ health, being co-founder of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group (now known as the Wellbeing SIG) with Dr Genevieve Goulding. (See more at: youtu.be/OxEwKqexN8A). She is also a long serving member of the Management Committee of the Queensland Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, and a Board member of QDHP.

QDHP Education Officer Vicky Dawes caught up with Di to discuss the importance of maintaining creative interests whilst pursuing a career in medicine and how ‘connectedness’ is an important part of wellbeing.

Vicky – Di, you’ve had a long involvement with doctors’ wellbeing. Can you tell us a little bit about the importance of “connectedness” to you in your medical career?

Di – In the course of my 30 year interest in Doctors’ Health, I have met many wonderful people working in the field, and have made so many really good friends, many of whom have sustained me; I have also been able to help a few of those in distress. My work with junior doctors from 2002 -2015 was a special highlight.

Vicky – We know you’ve got your own creative interests – quilting and glass bead making. How have you managed to juggle this in amongst your many commitments?

Di – The early years of child care, combined with part time, and later full time, work were very stressful, but I did manage to find a few hours each week to pursue one or two hobbies – if only to try to keep my sanity!

Vicky - What advice would you have to other doctors starting out in medicine, or perhaps those who have not picked up a paintbrush since high school?

Di – Always find time for hobbies and physical fitness. You can start a hobby at any time in your life – it can be essential in maintaining psychological health. Hobbies will stay with you throughout your life, and interest in the creative and performing arts will reward and sustain you in retirement.

Thank you Di. We can’t wait to see your own artwork at the exhibition!
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Artist sneak preview!

This incredible artwork has been created by Dr Gael E Phillips and was created by laser etching on six acrylic sheets to form the 6 sides of a cube.

To see this and more come to the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme #Connectedness Art Exhibition at Aspire Gallery between 11th and 21st September. Free entry and open to the public between 10.30am and 4.30pm Weds to Sat.

All artwork on display has been created by doctors and medical students from across Queensland.

Thank you to our Opening Night event sponsor BDO Australia and our First Prize sponsor AMA Queensland

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The Opening Night Event is SOLD OUT!

The good news is the exhibition is open to all with free entry between 10.30am and 4.30pm Weds - Sat 11th - 21st September at Aspire Gallery.

Attend the exhibition to have your chance to vote for the people's choice award, which will be announced after the exhibition closes. One fabulous artist will win $300!

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Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Connectedness Art Exhibition: Artist sneak preview!

Our next preview is a piece from the Mad Hatters' Society, a creative professional development group for psychiatrists, paediatricians, a GP and other health tech innovators; in collaboration with Brisbane's own street art superhero Blu Art Xinja! Check out www.facebook.com/blu.artxinja

For more details on this amazing piece of art, come to Aspire Gallery 11-21 September. Opening hours Weds - Sat 10.30am-4.30pm. Free entry.

Opening night event tickets are available here: bit.ly/2KZmSgv Only a handful of tickets remaining - don't miss out!

***EDIT: Opening night event now SOLD OUT***

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Come and join us at Aspire Gallery on R U Ok? Day - Thursday Sept 12th for our Connectedness Art Exhibition Opening Night event.

This exhibition is not only to celebrate the creativity of Queensland’s doctors and medical students, but to promote the wellbeing benefits of engaging in creative activities, and to create a connected community where medics support each other and feel enabled to ask "R U Ok?"

Tickets available here: bit.ly/2KZmSgv
***EDIT: Opening night event now SOLD OUT***

General exhibition opening hours Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm 11-21 September.

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Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Connectedness Art Exhibition: Artist sneak preview!

Did you know - many of the artworks being exhibited are for sale!

We think final year medical student Marianna's cross stitch would be a wonderful whimsical addition to any home (or dare we say, consulting rooms... 😉)

Head over to her page for more - By The Pricking Of My Thumbs

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Queensland Doctors' Health Programme Connectedness Art Exhibition: Artist sneak preview!

We are delighted to announce that the lovely Lauren Squires of Almost Anatomical will be exhibiting at our upcoming art show at Aspire Gallery. Take a moment to head over to her Facebook page and check out her amazing work.

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