The Doctors' Health Advisory Service in NSW operates a telephone Help Line to provide personal advice to practitioners and students facing difficulties. Anyone who is concerned about their own health, the health of a colleague, or the health of a family members who is a doctor or a medical student can call the Help Line.
Most of our callers seek advice in relation to stress and mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, or personal and financial difficulties. No problem is too trivial or too serious. We provide follow up by an experienced psychiatrist and a social worker as required, as well as being able to refer to general practitiones, psychiatrists and drug & alcohol specialists with an interest in doctors' health.
We believe that all practitioners and students should have their own general practitioner, should pay appropriate attention to their health, and should consult their doctor if they are unwell. We encourage everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We also provide health promotion and educational information through our website and we lecture to interested groups.
The DHAS acknowledges the support of the Medical Board of Australia in carrying out this important work.