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.
TEN (The Essential Network for Health Professionals) have a range of resources on their website.
Drs4Drs has been developed by the medical profession for the medical profession. It promotes the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Australia and offers an independent,
safe, supportive and confidential services.
The Australian Doctors Health Network includes general information and links to the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service in each state and territory. The DHAS provides advice relating to
stress and mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, personal and financial difficulties. It also operates a telephone helpline to provide personal advice to doctors and medical students. Some state Advisory Services also provide health promotion
programs and educational information through their website and presentations to interested groups.
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.