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Medical Board of Australia backs the Victorian Doctors' Health Program

11 April 2014

AMA Victoria welcomes the Medical Board’s announcement that it will continue to fund the Victorian Doctors’ Health Program (VDHP).

The VDHP is a vital support service for Victoria’s medical workforce. Each year, around 200 Victorian doctors approach the VDHP for the first time, and others rely on it for ongoing support. A 2013 beyondblue survey found that doctors and medical students reported substantially higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide compared to both the Australian population and other Australian professionals.

The VDHP was previously funded completely by the now defunct Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. Of the medical registration fees, $25 per medical practitioner was allocated towards the VDHP. Under the national registration scheme that is AHPRA, the continued funding of the VDHP was uncertain until yesterday’s announcement.

“The VDHP works extremely well in Victoria and we are pleased that there will be ongoing funding for this program. Implementing these services at a national level will beneficial to all doctors throughout Australia,” AMA Victoria President, Dr Stephen Parnis, said. 

Media contact
Felicity Ryan
Australian Medical Association Victoria
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Telephone: (03) 9280 8753

(Updated 11 April 2014)

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