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Health and Wellbeing

The College has moved quickly to establish a Health and Wellbeing Working Group. The group is working hard to provide members with support in this highly stressful and uncertain times.

Please, 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). 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. Recently, 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.

You can keep up-to-date with College announcements through the e-news and emails going out, visiting the website or by logging in to the COVID-19 resource page, the VTP home and the CPD home. All are being updated with learning materials to keep members engaged in meaningful education and work. If you’re not in a place to engage with these resources, that is okay as well.

The latest issue of Eye2Eye was about mindfulness. If you have not received your copy, please read it electronically on the College website. There are some great ideas that are very applicable now.

The Health and Wellbeing Working Group 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.

Though this may sound basic, please remember that if the news becomes distressing, take a break from it. We do not know when this situation will change or end. But we know it will.

Kia kaha – be strong.

 

Government Resources (please click on the links below):

Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital support to help everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic.

The New Zealand Ministry of Health provides information and tools to support your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 response.

 

Last updated: May 19, 2020

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