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27/10/20 - Please note that there is a new Health Pathway available for GPs assessing medical practitioners as patients:

https://actsnsw.communityhealthpathways.org/130566.htm

User name: together      Password: forhealth

 

Other resources 

The Medical Journal of Australia regularly publishes research and commentary related to self-care issues for doctors. Go to http://www.mja.com.au/ & search using "Doctors' health".

The following articles are of interest and can be accessed directly via these links:

The "Impaired Registrant" program of the Medical Council of NSW is described on their website (https://www.mcnsw.org.au).  If you want to know more about the Council's approach to impaired doctors and medical students, click on "Doctors health" and then on "Policies and information".

The Ontario "Physician Health Program" has relevant articles on http://php.oma.org/. Click on "Articles".

Australian Dental Association (NSW) http://www.adansw.com.au/ 

Suicide
Although rare, suicide is of course, the outcome that we dread the most. Although the medical training system in Australia is less stressful and costly than in the United States, the following article is a reminder of the importance of caring for those around us, especially at times of stress (high stakes specialty training exams being a good example).
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/physician-suicide-101-secrets-lies-solutions?GUID=B78E18D7-7182-4FA2-BD88-2A5FB0C5EFE8&rememberme=1&ts=08112014

Why doctors hide their own illnesses
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/16/why-doctors-hide-their-own-illnesses

Medscape Psysician lifestyle Report 2015
http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/lifestyle/2015/public/overview#1

How doctors treat doctors may be medicine's secret shame
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/06/how-doctors-treat-doctors-may-be-medicines-secret-shame

Suicide of doctors while under fitness to practise investigations
Dr Suicide.pdf