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Congratulations new QLD interns! We have enjoyed meeting so many of you throughout orientation week. The next few weeks can be a real rollercoaster while you adjust to your new job (and title - Imposter syndrome is very very normal!) Please give us a call if you'd like to talk to someone confidentially or if you'd like some guidance on finding a good GP for yourself. We are here 24/7 on 07 3833 4352. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome to all new QLD interns! Time to get used to introducing yourself as "Dr ..." 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️

Starting work as an intern can be every shade of exciting, terrifying and overwhelming! We are here to support you.

The Queensland Doctors' Health Programme is here if you need to talk on 07 3833 4352.
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Do you have an interest in doctors' health? Don't miss out on your opportunity to present at the upcoming International Conference on Physician Health in London, 14 - 16 September 2020. The call for abstracts closes on 31st January.

www.bma.org.uk/events/2020/september/international-conference-on-physician-health-2020
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Happy New Year from all of us at the Queensland Doctors' Health Programme! ... See MoreSee Less

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The QDHP office will be closed over the holiday period from 25th December reopening on the 2nd January.

The helpline will remain open 24/7 throughout the festive season on 07 3833 4352.
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Doctors have expressed their creativity through writing for centuries.

Here are a just a few of the QDHP team's favourites.

Who is your favourite doctor author? Or are you a doctor with hidden writing talents yourself?
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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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2 months 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?

#drshealthperth19

ruralhealthwest.eventsair.com/2019-adhc/
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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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3 months 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/
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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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