Doctors welfare

Many personal and professional issues can adversely affect the wellbeing of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists at all stages of their careers.


Free Doctors' Support Program now available

Sometimes we’re confronted with issues that test our ability to cope. As part of our ongoing support of our Fellows, trainees and specialist international medical graduates, ANZCA has engaged the professional services of Converge International – a confidential and independent counselling and coaching service. 

The ANZCA Doctors' Support Program is free for all ANZCA Fellows, trainees, SIMGs and immediate family members.


Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG

To protect the personal and psychological wellbeing of its Fellows and trainees, ANZCA offers a range of resources through the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group.

The resources are available here.


To learn more about the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG or to contact its members please click here.


Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment

ANZCA considers bullying, discrimination and harassment unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Fellows and trainees acting as College representatives are responsible for ensuring an environment free of this behaviour. 

In 2015, the College established a Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Working Group chaired by ANZCA President, Associate Professor David A Scott. Their report can be found here.

Other resources
Following are relevant resources for Fellows and trainees:

How to make a complaint or raise a concern
While responsibility for bullying, discrimination and harassment are normally the responsibility of employers, Fellows and trainees acting as College representatives are reminded that they must ensure an environment free of these behaviours.  

If you have experienced or observed inappropriate behaviour by a College representative please bring it to our attention by calling ANZCA CEO John Ilott on +61 3 9510 6299 or emailing Complaints or concerns in New Zealand can be directed to General Manager, New Zealand Heather Ann Moodie on +64 4 499 1213 who will ensure they are dealt with appropriately.

A copy of the ANZCA complaints and concerns policy can be found here.

Doctors’ health advisory services


New Zealand Doctors’ Health Advisory Service

New Zealand help line: 0800 471 2654 (24-hour service, New Zealand only)


NSW Doctors Health Advisory Service (also for Northern Territory doctors)

NSW help line: +61 2 9437 6552 (24-hour service)

Click here to visit the website.


ACT help line: +61 407 265 414 (24-hour service) 


Queensland Doctors Health Program (QDHP)

Click here to visit the website.

Queensland help line: +61 7 3833 4352 (24-hour service)


Doctors’ Health South Australia

Click here to visit the website.

South Australian help line: +61 8 8366 0250 (24-hour service)


Victorian Doctors Health Program (also for Tasmanian doctors)

Click here to visit the website.

Victorian help line: +61 3 9495 6011 (24-hour service)
AMA Victoria Peer Support Service: 1300 853 338 (8am to 10pm, Australia only)


Doctors’ Health Advisory Service of WA

Western Australian help line "Colleague of First Contact": +61 8 9321 3098 (24-hour service)


Bush Support Services

This service provides support to remote health workers.

1800 805 391 (24 hours) 

Click here to visit the website.

Early indicator checklists and introduction


A series of checklists has been developed for supervisors of training (SOTs) that need to initiate management to assist a struggling trainee.


The checklists provide a guide to addressing an issue raised about a trainee or by the trainee themselves, as well as a directory of resources available to you.

The checklists are available here.

Promoting good practice and managing poor performance in anaesthesia and pain medicine

Guidelines that promote good practice and manage poor performance have been prepared for anaesthesia and pain medicine managers, leaders, mentors and colleagues. They promote an environment that supports excellent professional standards and assist in identifying and managing practitioners who may be performing below an acceptable professional standard. The guidelines can be accessed here.


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