Wellbeing

Often, GP registrars and prevocational doctors spend so much time helping others that they neglect their own health.

Taking care of others means also taking care of yourself.

It is not unusual to feel stressed during medical training, or around exam time. 

Common issues causing stress include:

  • issues relating to employment (contract issues, employment conditions)
  • issues relating to your GP training, study or exams
  • issues relating to your wellbeing (work/life balance, physical or mental health concerns)
  • any other personal issues (for example family, friend or relationship concerns).

Who to talk to if you have wellbeing concerns:

  1. Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO)
    RLOs are often the first point of call for GP registrars— RLOs are employed by a Regional Training Organisation (RTO) to provide peer-to-peer support to GP registrars. RLOs are also a part of GPRA’s Advisory Council. RLOs are also GP registrars; they can understand what you are going through and provide a good sounding board for any of your concerns. Your RLO can help facilitate difficult conversations between you, your practice manager, your supervisor and other parties. Find your RLO here.
  2. GPRA
    We are independent from your practice, RTO and college. If you encounter issues with your training or employment GPRA can provide you with independent, confidential advice. Contact GPRA today.
  3. Your Regional Training Organisation (RTO)
    Your RTO will have staff members who can support you. Contact your RTO for more information. Find your RLO here.
  4. Government-funded services
    There are many services available to support medical professionals, including free helplines and online resources.
  5. Your GP College
    Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) may have a wellbeing assistance program. Contact your GP college for more information.
  6. Personal support networks
    Remember to have a close network of friends and family who you can talk to. We also recommend having your own GP.

If you're a prevocational doctor, your GP ambassador can provide peer-to-peer support. For serious wellbeing concerns, please a professional service — there are government funded services available.

These articles are written by GP registrars and prevocational doctors with helpful wellbeing advice.

Additional support services

See a list of support services If you have health concerns including stress, mental health issue, and substance abuse problems, the health advisory services for doctors can offer you confidential help and support.

Dr Daria Romanik talks about her journey to self-care, watch here.

Become a GPRA member — it's free and takes one minute to join.

Dr Kari Sims talks about finding your work-life balance as a GP, watch here.