Welcome to the Victorian Doctors Health Program

The Victorian Doctors Health Program is a free, confidential service for all doctors and medical students who have concerns about their well being such as stress, mental health problems, substance use problems, or any other health issues.

Sensitive to the needs of doctors and medical students, we are a non-judgmental service dedicated to improving the health and well being of those within the profession.

What we do

VDHP provides assistance to doctors and medical students who have any of the following concerns:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Substance use problems
  • Mental or physical health concerns
  • Any other health issue
  • Help you find your own GP/Doctor

Advice is also provided to anyone who is concerned about a doctor or medical student. This includes family, friends, colleagues, university staff and clinical staff.

Since the commencement of VDHP, we have assisted doctors and medical students presenting with numerous issues ranging from those having a mild impact on quality of life to those threatening careers and lives.  VDHP deals with each individual case on its merits and offers a range of interventions.

VDHP develops individual management plans and co-ordinates treatment, including arranging appropriate referrals to external treatment providers. We conduct our service with the utmost discretion. Confidentiality is of utmost priority to VDHP.  However, like all health practitioners, we are required to remain in compliance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.

Education

VDHP regularly delivers educational presentations and workshops to doctors and medical students about:

  • Overviews of doctors’ health and well-being
  • Substance abuse among doctors
  • Stress and stress management for doctors
  • The work that VDHP does and how to access our services
  • How to be a ‘Doctor for a Doctor’
  • Work/life balance
  • Or any other topic related to doctors’ health

We can tailor our presentations according to specific needs – we can provide anything from a 15 min lecture-style presentation to an interactive workshop lasting half a day. 

A few examples of the groups to which we have presented are: medical students at universities, interns at hospitals, and GPs in rural Victoria via their local division of General Practice.  Our Senior Clinicians have also been keynote speakers at various medical conferences.

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Services

SIMILAR SERVICES IN OTHER STATES

NSWDoctors’ Health Advisory Service24 hrs/7 days02 9437 6552
QLDDoctors’ Health in Queensland24 hrs/7 days 07 3833 4352 
WADoctors’ Health Advisory Service WA24 hrs/7 days 08 9321 3098 
SA Doctors’ Health SA24 hrs/7 days 08 8366 0250
NT Doctors’ Health NT24 hrs/7 days08 8366 0250
ACT/ TASDoctors’ Health Advisory Service24 hrs/7 days1300 374 377
VICAMA Peer Support Line 8am-11pm/7days1300 853 338 

MORE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY AND SUPPORT FOR WHEN YOU ARE NOT

DRS4DRS (www.drs4drs.com.au) has been developed by the medical profession for the medical profession.  We are here for all the profession and our medical students.

This website of information and contacts complements the network of doctors’ health advisory and referral services, which offer an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. https://www.drs4drs.com.au/getting-help/

DRS4DRS promotes the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Australia. For information on how to stay well visit our website. https://www.drs4drs.com.au/staying-well/

We’re here to help you find the support you need – online resources, referral services and importantly for wellbeing, we’ll help you find a GP.

In addition to these, Doctors Health Services Pty Ltd (DrHS) is also making available a confidential and free telehealth service specifically for doctors and medical students who are struggling with their mental health.   Call 1300 374 377 (1300 Dr4Drs) for crisis and non-urgent mental health support.  Full details here.  (link to https://www.drs4drs.com.au/getting-help/#telemedicine)


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

DRS4DRS – 1300 374 377 (1300 Dr4Drs)
http://www.drs4drs.com.au

Beyond Blue – The National Depression Initiative
www.beyondblue.org.au

Lifeline
www.lifeline.org.au

SANE Australia
www.sane.org

Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)
www.adavic.org

Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria
www.eatingdisorders.org.au

Wellways
https://www.wellways.org/

DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES

Alcoholics Anonymous

www.aa.org.au

Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre
www.turningpoint.org.au

Counselling Online
www.counsellingonline.org.au

Reconnexion

www.reconnexion.org.au

Narcotics Anonymous Victoria Australia
http://www.navic.net.au

Family Drug Support Australia
www.fds.org.au

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS 

Medical Board of Australia
www.medicalboard.gov.au

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
www.ahpra.gov.au

AMA Victoria
www.amavic.com.au

Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
www.pmcv.com.au

Health Education Australia Limited
www.heal.org.au

Victorian Medical Benevolent Association
Ph: 9496 4205

Contact Us

Location

Ground Floor, 293 Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3052
Ph: 1300330543
Fax: 03 9280 8711
Email: vdhp@vdhp.org.au

Hours

Office opening hours are:

Monday – Friday   9am-5pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

If you require urgent assistance outside office hours, please phone us and our answering machine will provide you with details of how to contact the senior clinician on call who will be available to assist with issues requiring immediate attention.

Please be aware that VDHP is not staffed or equipped to provide emergency services. If you require emergency assistance please dial 000, or call LifeLine on 13 11 14.

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