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The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) has been established to ensure that a full time dedicated service is available to meet the needs of sick and impaired doctors and medical students. It is a fully independent legal entity, and operates independently from any other organisation.
The program provides prompt advice to doctors and medical students who feel at risk, or who think that they may have a problem. Advice is also provided to anyone who is concerned about a doctor or medical student. This includes family, friends, professional colleagues, and hospital and clinical staff.
The practice of medicine confers no protection from illness, including substance abuse and dependence, and mental health problems. In fact, heavy workloads and a stressful environment often make doctors and medical students more susceptible to health issues. More information can be found at the Victorian Doctors Health Program website.
MDA National is a medical defence organisation which supports medical students in Australia in various throughout their studies, to graduation, internship and beyond.
In 2005, MDA National developed and launched Live Well Study Well, a program specifically designed to give relevant and practical information, produced by healthcare professionals, that can be delivered with the flexibility to meet the needs of various medical schools, societies, rural clubs and health groups as required.
You can contact MDA National via their website to host an event at a student function.
AMSA has launched the Get a GP campaign to get students thinking about their own health so they can be well equipped to be looking after the health of others. As well as advocating for all medical students to find their own GP, AMSA’s Get a GP campaign also offers you a list of GPs in your area who are willing to bulk bill medical students. More information at the AMSA website.