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. Your Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) is often your first point of call if you're a GP registrar— RLOs are employed by your RTO to provide peer-to-peer support and more. As they are also GP registrars, they can understand what you are going through. Find your RLO here.
  2. Your Regional Training Organisation (RTO) will also have staff members who act as a point of contact.
  3. Contact GPRA for issues relating to employment conditions and training. We provide confidential support and advice. Contact GPRA today.
  4. There are government-funded services available to support medical professionals. This includes free helplines and online resources.
  5. Your College may have a wellbeing assistance program.
  6. 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. 

 

Articles 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.