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Resources for General Practitioners

resources for general practitioners

Supporting the wellbeing of general practitioners

This is an excerpt taken from the RACGP webpage - GP Support Program for RACGP members: RACGP Support program

The GP Support Program is a free service offered by the RACGP in line with the college's commitment to foster a culture of self care amongst general practitioners. It is available to all Australian RACGP members who are registered medical practitioners, regardless of where you live or work. Members can access professional advice to help cope with life's stressors which may include personal and work related issues that can impact on their wellbeing, work performance, safety, workplace morale and psychological health.  
The GP Support Program can provide help to RACGP members with a range of issues, including:

  • handling work pressures
  • managing conflict
  • grief and loss
  • relationship issues
  • concerns about children
  • anxiety and depression
  • alcohol and drug issues
  • traumatic incidents.

Find out more about the GP Support Program - including information about confidentiality, eligibility and consultations - at: http://www.racgp.org.au/yourracgp/membership/offers/wellbeing/

Call 1300 366 789 to make an appointment for face-to-face or telephone counselling during business hours.

To access counselling for traumatic incidents or crisis situations call 1800 451 138. This service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.


Professional Peer Support Program

This is an excerpt taken from the RACGP webpage - RACGP Healthy doctor initiatives: http://www.racgp.org.au/peersupport

Did you know?

  • 53% of Australian General Practitioners have considered leaving general practice because of work stress
  • 20% of Australian Anaesthetists have high rates of emotional exhaustion
  • 12.8% of Australian metropolitan GPs had severe psychiatric disturbance, indicative of clinical depression, anxiety or other psychiatric conditions
  • Male medical practitioners may be twice as likely to suicide as other professional males in general, while some research suggests that female medical practitioners are four-six times more likely to suicide than other professional women.

The RACGP established the Professional Peer Support Program (PPSP) in 2004, in response to these concerning statistics.

The beyondblue / Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Medical workforce Initiative aimed to improve health and wellbeing through the development of a peer support network, and establishment of an e listing of medical practitioners willing to offer medical services to their peers and colleagues from other craft groups.

Publications

The Conspiracy of Silence - emotional health among Medical Practitioners” is a literature review of fifty years of research on doctor’s emotional health. It can be freely downloaded at: http://www.racgp.org.au/Content/NavigationMenu/PracticeSupport/peersupport/20060106conspiracy_of_silence.pdf

Keeping the Doctor Alive - A Self-care Guidebook for Medical Practitioners” provides medical practitioners with important information and resources on strategies to promote self-care. The guidebook can be ordered at: http://www.racgp.org.au/publications/tools#9