Mental health and wellbeing resources
During events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, additional pressures are placed on GPs and the practice team through increased patient attendance to the practice, responding to fear and anxiety amidst the community and staying up to date as the situation evolves.
It is important during such events that GPs and practice teams take time to care for themselves and take the opportunity to debrief with colleagues and connect with services when needed. If you require additional support, services are available for those who work in health settings, some of which are specifically developed for doctors.
Immediate 24/7 supports
Beyond Blue Support Service - 1300 22 4636
Lifeline Crisis Support - 13 11 14
The Essential Network (TEN) for frontline workers
This online e-mental health hub, developed by the Black Dog Institute, connects frontline healthcare workers with services to cope with the stress of the ongoing pandemic.
You can also access support via the DRS4DRS website and state/territory based helplines. DRS4DRS is an independent program providing confidential support and resources to doctors and medical students across Australia, by doctors. Confidential phone advice is available 24/7 for any doctor or medical student in Australia via each state/territory helpline and referral service.
Head to Health
If you are feeling impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in anyway, Head to Health provides information, tips and resources to support you and your loved ones’ mental health during this time.
RACGP GP Support Program
Should you need support, don't hesitate to contact the RACGP GP Support Program. This is a free and confidential psychological support service available to all members, delivered by LifeWorks Access the service by calling 1300 361 008 (24 hours/7 days).
Updated May 2022