DHASWA provides a confidential, anonymous 24/7advice line and referral system for doctors and medical students seeking assistance with health or personal problems. DHASWA can be utilised by individuals, or by a concerned family member, friend, colleague or staff member. Calls are taken by a panel of experienced male and female GPs, with a psychiatrist advisor available. Callers will receive a response from a DHASWA Doctor within 4 hours of a call.
Calls are exempt from the mandatory reporting requirements of the Medical Board of Australia.
Problems dealt with include stress, depression, suicidal thought, substance use disorders, grief or concerns about illness. Sometimes the contact can be about impaired performance in a colleague. The panel GPs usually discuss the options available to callers when they are faced with a dilemma, or advise the caller on the most appropriate referral services. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
It is recommended all medical students and Doctors have their own GP. If you do not know any GPs then it may be helpful to ask family or friends for a recommendation. If you are new to a suburb then the local pharmacist will know who the GPs in the area are. If you are having difficulty finding a GP or have special health needs then you can ring DHASWA for a recommendation.
The DHASWA website contains a list of GPs, Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists with an interest in Doctors health who are willing to prioritise appointments for Doctors and medical Students.
A national not for profit organisation dedicated to improving Doctors health. Provides a comprehensive website and a Confidential Telehealth Service for Doctors and medical students.
Most hospitals and health services have a range of resources to help support their medical staff who are feeling stressed or have physical or mental health problems. Contact your hospital’s Medical Education unit for details. Their staff are also available if you want to have a confidential chat about a range of issues, both professional and personal (this is available to junior and senior doctors). Doctors may also contact their Occupational Health department for assistance.
Most health services also offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to their employees. The EAP is intended to help you deal with personal or work-related problems that might be having a negative effect on your health, well-being or work performance. WA health service employees may access five sessions with an external counsellor for free. This professional, independent and confidential service is available 24/7. The employing organisation is not informed of who uses the program. For WA Country Health Service (WACHS) employees see the WACHS website for details of your site EAP provider.
Employee Assistance Programs for metropolitan WA health service employees
JMO Health is a website developed by the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service of NSW to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors and contains many useful resources including self-assessment tools and tips to reduce stress.
The Postgraduate Medical Council of WA (PMCWA) has produced some support guides for junior doctors that are available on their website.
TEN is a mobile app. developed by health professionals in association with the Black Dog Institute, Lifeline and College of Psychiatrists. It provides easy access to evidence-based tools, resources, programs and referral pathways to assist in self-assessment, self-management and treatment for symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood.
Beyond Blue is a 24/7 service that assists people who are experiencing anxiety, depression or any other issues. A trained mental health professional will take your call, listen to you, offer support and point you in the right direction.
The Alcohol and Drug Support Line is a confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.
THIS WAY UP is run by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers, and web technicians based at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) – a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales. THIS WAY UP has created over 15 tailored courses for a range of mental health conditions. Online courses are available instantly without a need for an assessment or a referral, to make it easier for you to access quality mental health self-help.
THIS WAY UP also gives GP’s, psychologists, and other mental health professionals access to the their platform so they can use courses to treat their patients.
The Frontline Families Program is a self-study online course that contains video tutorials which aim to assist first responders, their partners and their families, to safely, happily and confidently navigate the challenges that can come with frontline services life.
The Doctors’ Health Advisory Service in WA (DHASWA) has compiled this list. For queries about the paper, or to add resource information to this list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of DHASWA are also available to give talks to medical groups on Doctors health. Edition: November 2021