How to become a doctor for doctors

If you are a GP, psychiatrist or clinical psychologist with an interest in doctors’ health and you are able to prioritise appointments for NSW doctors and medical students, we would like to hear from you. By becoming a doctor for doctors, your details will be added to our contact lists for doctors and medical students to find specialised help when they need it. 

If you decide to join our lists, your details will be available publicly on or via the Doctors’ Health NSW website. 

It's easy to become a doctor for NSW doctors and medical students, start by submitting an expression of interest.

Australasian Doctors' Health Network

The Australasian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN) is an independent network of doctors' health services across Australia and New Zealand raising awareness about the importance of doctors’ health and wellbeing. The website is designed to bring together doctors and medical students who share an interest in the health and wellbeing of their colleagues. The site provides news and resources for promoting doctors' health, for helping your colleagues and for your own self-care, which is an essential prerequisite for competent medical practice.

Drs4Drs

Drs4Drs is an online service that coordinates health programs and education materials for doctors and medical students. 

Training

Drs4Drs offers an online modular education course to help doctors who are interested in learning to care for other doctors and medical students. Register via their website to complete the training.

Free counselling

Drs4Drs can also provide doctors and medical students with up to three counselling sessions of one hour each.

Call Dr4Drs on 1300 374 377 (1300 Dr4Drs) 24/7, 365 days a year.

Drs4Drs telephone counselling service is provided by Converge International. Counsellors are based in Australia and are registered psychologists (AHPRA), qualified social workers (AASW) or qualified counsellors (ACA; PACFA). Calls are received by a person who will triage the call and explain the support options available. If the call is assessed as urgent, the caller can choose to be referred for a confidential telehealth consultation by one of the counsellors who is available at the time. If the call is not urgent, a later counselling appointment will be made.

Essential Network for Health Professionals

Browse the resources below to find more information about health and wellbeing for medical professionals.

Medical Benevolent Association of NSW

Medical Benevolent Association of NSW (MBA NSW) is able to provide social and financial assistance to doctors who are impaired or unwell and to the families of deceased doctors and others. MBA NSW is a free and confidential service available to registered medical practitioners and their families in NSW & ACT.

Requests for assistance and referrals are made to the MBANSW Social Worker.

Phone: 0423 487 122

Email: support@mbansw.org.au

Other State and Territory Services

Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511

The Mental Health Line is available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staffed by mental health professionals who will ask questions to determine if you or, the person you are concerned about, needs ongoing mental health care and how urgently it is needed.

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Crisis support 24/7.

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467

Free 24/7 phone and online counselling for people at risk of or affected by suicide.

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 46 36

24/7 trained mental health professionals. Calls are confidential.

Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800

Counselling support line for children and young people aged 5 to 25.

This Way Up

Online courses that teach clinically-proven strategies to help you improve the way you feel.

Hand-n-Hand

Free confidential peer support for health professionals in Australia and NZ.