#166 Financial assistance for Victorian doctors and their families


20 May 2020

The Victorian Medical Benevolent Association (VMBA) continues to be available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to assist with financial support and information for doctors. VMBA is a not-for-profit organisation which has existed since 1865 to assist Victorian medical practitioners and their families, including retired doctors and medical students.

COVID-19 will have financial implications for everyone. VMBA may be able to assist Victorian doctors who are experiencing a financial impact, such as loss of income or increased expenses. VMBA can be contacted by email on DianaC@vmba.org.au

To learn more about the Victorian Medical Benevolent Association, watch this short video with VMBA President, Dr Dominic Barbaro.

The Victorian Medical Benevolent Association from AMA Victoria on Vimeo.

The VMBA is not a service provider, but works alongside the Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) and AMA Victoria’s portfolio of services, including the Peer Support Service, the Peer Visitor Program, the Mentoring Program and the Medical Career Service.

Over the previous 155 years, the VMBA has helped many hundreds of distressed practitioners and their families, with the number of refusals over the years negligible. However, the recipients are still a very small percentage of the Victorian medical population – there were 812 registered doctors in 1892, and 22,000 in 2010, and there have never been more than a handful of recipients at any given time. 

Requests for assistance can be made by direct contact with the VMBA, or through a family member, a medical colleague, the VDHP or AMA Victoria. All requests for assistance should be made to the VMBA's Client Manager Diana Cooper on DianaC@vmba.org.au  

The Client Manager will ascertain if the assistance is within the VMBA's constitution. Before a request proceeds, the client will be asked to complete an application form which includes assets, income and expenditure.

All requests for assistance are discussed at a committee meeting and outcomes are confidential. The VMBA does not provide urgent or emergency assistance.  

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