Practitioner health and well-being is an integral component of a safe and respectful workplace. 

All that is great about rural practice can also bring personal pressures. Providing a clinically complex and varied scope of practice comes professional challenge. With the adventure of taking up work ‘off the beaten track’ can come distance from extended social support networks. And with the rewards of providing greatly valued services, being highly visible and viewed as a community leader, comes heightened personal responsibility.

ACRRM encourages all members to not lose sight of what they love about their job, and at the same time, to take regular steps to maintain their own mental well-being and general health. 

Proactive self-care is good medical practice, as is being mindful of the needs of colleagues. We also ask our members to check on their colleagues and friends who may be under stress.

Some positive steps might be:

  • Review your needs and those of your colleagues as part of your daily routine and practice.
  • Making sure you know where help is available to you and your colleagues.
  • Adopting a healthier lifestyle, ensuring you have daily sun and exercise, and time-out when you need it.
  • Strengthening your personal support base, making time for your friendships and support networks, finding a mentor, or planning regular networking opportunities with your peers.

24/7 Wellbeing Support

Members experiencing workplace, training, exam, or other stresses or issues impacting your personal wellbeing can call ACRRM's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for free. Call 1800 818 728 to receive immediate and confidential phone counselling support 24/7 in Australia and overseas.

Resources

Respectful Workplaces Committee

The College’s ‘Respectful Workplaces’ initiative aims to support safe workplaces for all its members, while also reviewing our own internal structures, policies and procedures to foster and uphold a workplace culture where diversity is celebrated and both staff and members are empowered to flourish and reach their full potential.