#147 Wellbeing and career support during COVID-19 pandemic
20 March 2020
Wellbeing support services
AMA Victoria’s Peer Support Service is available every day of the year from 8am to 10pm on 1300 853 338.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation which is creating stress and anxiety for the community and the health workforce. Doctors are on the frontline in this pandemic. AMA Victoria would like to remind all doctors and medical students to pay attention to your own wellbeing over the coming months.
Our Peer Support team is available to provide support over the phone for the times you need to debrief and talk about how you are feeling and what is going on. The principle of the Peer Support Service is doctors supporting doctors and the service is available to all doctors and medical students in Victoria and Tasmania. You can remain anonymous and your call is confidential – 1300 853 338.
The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) will continue to be available 24/7 to all medical students and doctors in Victoria and Tasmania throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call (03) 9280 8738. VDHP will be utilising teleconferencing and videoconferencing for all consultations during this time.
Careers support available online and by phone
Our career coaching and transition services will be open as usual to support doctors navigate their careers and their roles during this period of significant upheaval resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note all services will now be delivered either online, via webinar (zoom), or by telephone. We have delivered our service in a virtual format since its inception, successfully supporting doctors in regional and rural Victoria, as well as interstate.
As members of AMA Victoria you can access our ‘15-minute Career Call’ service via our website. This is a member-only service.
Our career coaching, transition and professional coaching programs can also be booked via our website.
MAKE A BOOKING
We will endeavour to make ourselves as available as possible to accommodate members over the coming months. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t book your preferred day or time. Also email us if you have any queries and we can call you directly.
As your professional association we aim to support you as much as we can professionally during this challenging time.
Financial assistance for Victorian doctors and their families
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