As many of our Leaders are facing numerous challenges and increased workload, RACMA believes it is paramount to keep check of your wellbeing. You cannot continue to care for the community properly, if you do not ensure your own health and wellbeing and that of your colleagues and medical workforce. The College is collating a number of resources to support the health and wellbeing of all Medical Leaders and their teams.
> Drs4Drs Support Service – available for doctors and medical students around Australia to access free, confidential telehealth mental health services, every hour and day of the year. It has been established by Doctors’ Health Services Limited (DrHS), a subsidiary of the AMA.
> Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic – JAMA Network, University of Sydney Library
> The Role of Telehealth in Reducing the Mental Health Burden from COVID-19 – Telemedicine and e-Health April 2020, authors Xiaoyun Zhou, Centaine L. Snoswell, Louise E. Harding, Matthew Bambling, Sisira Edirippulige, Xuejun Bai, and Anthony C. Smith
> Converge International (Employee Assistance Program)
- Helpful fact sheets
- A helpful way of thinking about coronavirus
- Getting to grips with the coronavirus outbreak
> Prioritising Wellbeing for Medical Leaders – a podcast with FRACMA Dr Lynne McKinlay, Senior Medical Educator at the Cognitive Institute and the Medical Director of Learning and Development for Children’s Health Queensland
> Australian Psychological Society (APS)
- Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety
- Maintaining your mental health during social isolation
- Coronavirus anxiety and staying mentally healthy (for older adults)
> American Association for Physician Leadership
> Victorian Clinical Genetics Services – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – “Making Sense of What’s Happening” written by Soak Mun Lee and Professor Vicki Anderson
> UK Intensive Care Society “Advice for Sustaining Staff Well in critical care and beyond COVID-19″ written by Dr Julie Highfield, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff Critical Care