Doctors' health and wellbeing

Healthy doctors ensure a sustainable workforce that provides best patient care. Find out what we're doing to support our doctors' health and wellbeing, and the services and resources available to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates and immediate family members.

Here are just some of the actions we’re already delivering, based on our DHWB framework that underpins our work:

24/7 support when you need it

The ANZCA Doctors’ Support Program is a confidential and independent counselling and coaching service that is now available to all fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) and immediate family members via the helpline, online live chat, the app and face to face meetings. This service is offered confidentially and at no charge, to support our members for a variety of work-related and personal problems that may be affecting work or home life. The helpline is available 24/7.

Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG)

To protect the personal and psychological wellbeing of our fellows and trainees, we continue to encourage you to access the range of resources through the Wellbeing SIG.

Library resources

The introduction of library guides through the ANZCA Library has a valuable section on doctors’ welfare that holds resource materials and articles to support and guide fellows and trainees. This guide is updated regularly.

Lifelong support

Through the member satisfaction surveys, we continue to collect information from our members on their satisfaction with college services, as well as their  working conditions and environment.

For the first time, in 2018 we asked fellows to provide information on their experience with bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. Results from this survey have informed work under the doctors health and wellbeing initiative.

We recognise priorities change over time, and that experiences differ throughout your career span. With this in mind, new initiatives are assessed against the doctors’ health and wellbeing framework to ensure we are delivering the right solutions at the right time.

Expanding resources for trainees

The Operating with Respect online module, which was generously shared by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was launched at the beginning of December 2017, and is available on Networks for trainees, fellows and SIMGs.

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program, are eligible to claim CPD credits upon completion of this module.

Promoting good practice and managing poor performance guidelines

We have prepared a series of guidelines for anaesthesia and pain medicine managers, leaders, mentors and colleagues that support excellent professional standards and assist in identifying and managing practitioners who may be performing below an acceptable professional standard.

Welfare advocates

Welfare advocates are recommended for all ANZCA and FPM-accredited hospitals.

Welfare advocates must have knowledge and an interest in welfare and have the ability to perform a guidance role and offer support to those in need in a confidential manner.

Their role is to offer "welfare first aid" in the first instance and should then refer trainees or colleagues to relevant professional personnel for further advice or assistance if required. If you would like to register as a welfare advocate please contact Membership Services.

ANZCA Doctors' Support Program

As part of our ongoing support for our fellows, trainees and specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs), ANZCA has engaged the professional services of Converge International – a confidential and independent counselling and coaching program.

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Doctors’ health advisory services

We have developed a directory of doctors' health advisory services and helplines in Australia and New Zealand.

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Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces

This toolkit is a resource to support anaesthesia departments and individual anaesthetists to operationalise a framework they can put into action.

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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.

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Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework

The ANZCA doctors health and wellbeing framework informs our strategic and operational efforts in the wellbeing space..

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Trainee Wellbeing Project Group

ANZCA is committed to supporting trainees and fellows through a number of initiatives and activities related to and informed by its Doctors Health and Wellbeing Framework. One such initiative is the Trainee Welfare Project Group (TWPG).

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Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG)

The aim of the Wellbeing SIG is to promote the personal and psychological wellbeing and to heighten awareness of wellbeing issues in anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists.

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Last updated 11:32 22.10.2020