Your Health and Wellbeing
Why is your health and wellbeing important? Don’t we already have enough on our minds without burdening ourselves with more things to do or worry about?
Your health and wellbeing matters. You are worth taking care of. We have been trained to put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own, even to do without food, drink, rest, toilet breaks and sleep in the interests of our patients. But this is not a sustainable way to live, and sooner or later, living and working in this way may lead to health problems of our own – anxiety, depression, burnout, alcohol and other drug use, even suicidal ideation and physical health problems such as heart disease.
Your health and wellbeing matters. Not just to you, but to your family, friends, colleagues, patients and the wider community in which we all live. Make your health a matter of priority. If you are looking after yourself, not only will you be a better doctor, you will be a happier and healthier person.
We are all in this together. The RANZCO Health and Wellbeing Committee was established in March 2020 and encourages all members to consider their health and wellbeing in a proactive manner. We have compiled resources and support to help you throughout your training and specialist career.
In this section of the website, you will find a variety of resources and methods that we have compiled that may appeal to look after yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. After all, the most precious resource you have is yourself.
If you need help or support, reach out via the College’s EAP service (1300 687 327 in Australia and 0800 666 367 in New Zealand). This is a confidential service provided by RANZCO for any staff member, Fellow or trainee to use.
Do not suffer alone and do not downplay your fears, anxieties and worries. It is far too easy to assume that, as doctors, we are immune to the pressures of the world around us. President A/Prof Heather Mack wrote an article in Eye2Eye about burnout. Now more than ever, we face the possibility of burnout from new areas and stressors.
The Health and Wellbeing is working hard to develop resources for you. These will be available on the College LMS and are open to all members. If you would like to contribute, please contact the College via email with your thoughts and feedback.
Last updated: July 31, 2020