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Call for new Peer Support Service volunteers
Would you like to give something back to your profession by using your knowledge and experience to support your colleagues? We are now recruiting for new volunteers to provide peer support by phone. This is what some of our volunteers have said about their volunteer experience:
“Very satisfying to give back to my colleagues.”
“My experience is valued.”
“I find it very worthwhile.”
“Great group of doctors.”
The AMA Victoria Peer Support Service is a confidential, anonymous telephone service available to all doctors, regardless of experience or location, staffed by trained volunteer doctors. Peer support is available 365 days of the year, between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm, for the cost of a local call. Currently the service receives one or two calls a week from doctors, and is supported by 16 volunteers. To ensure that these volunteers do not become burnt out we are now calling for additional new volunteers to participate in training and get involved in the service.
If you are interested, all you need is to be a doctor who is willing to listen to and support your peers over the phone, who can give a bit of spare time to take calls and undertake some training. All doctors are welcome; no special skills or background are required. A dose of life experience is an advantage.
You will receive training in the Lifeline model of crisis counselling, and participate in a self-selected roster.
The next intake of volunteers will undergo training on Wednesday 27 July, 10 August and 24 August, during the day, at AMA House in Parkville.
Find out more about the Peer Support Service.
If you would like to find out more please contact Kay Dunkley by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on Wednesdays on (03) 9280 8738.
The Peer Support Service is supported by the Doctors Health Fund.