What we do
We operate a 24/7 helpline to provide advice to medical practitioners and students facing difficulties. The advice is often in relation to stress and mental health difficulties, alcohol and substance problems, personal or financial crises.
We also provide health promotion and education about doctors’ health through our website with links to relevant resources.
Seminars and events are held throughout the year in conjunction with our partners; Australian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN) and Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ).
The QDHP is active in providing educational, support and advocacy activities. It supports research to improve the safety, security and well-being of health practitioners.
QDHP has six key aspects.
Our education sessions focus on a breadth of issues including maintaining our health and wellbeing, caring for the doctors as patients, understanding medicolegal and workplace stress and transforming workplaces to be healthy workplaces. We run regular educational seminars and events throughout the year, partnering with other organisations to broaden the impact of our work.
Advocacy, Promotion and Support
We actively promote our organisation to ensure that all doctors and students are aware of our services and provide advocacy around doctors’ health issues throughout the health services. We have recently been increasing our support for other organisations working in this area, by providing access to resources and evidence to support their work.
We are engaged in research with a number of universities and other health organisations to enhance the evidence-base that underpins our understanding of doctors’ health.
Our website provides links to relevant resources.
QDHP is a member of the Australian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN) enabling our service to proactively engage with other doctors’ health services across Australia and New Zealand to support our work in this field. We have worked with these organisations to convene the Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference every two years which alternates with the International Physician Health Conferences. The first two national doctors’ health conferences were held in Brisbane in 1999 and 2001.
Who do we help?
The QDHP provides support for doctors and medical students.
Medical practitioners, this specifically includes general practitioners, medical specialists, junior medical officers, rural practitioners, international medical graduates, doctors in training and medical students.
Family members of these practitioners may contact us with concerns.
Our service does not provide assistance to members of the public.
What We Don’t Do
We don’t provide a service for members of the general public. We encourage community members in difficulty to seek help via the methods below.