The wellbeing of our GP trainees is very important to us, particularly in this time of uncertainty and stress. General practice training can be very stressful, moving to a new working environment, completely different from your hospital experience, moving away from family and friends, studying for exams, this all mounts up. Please keep in mind that there is no mandatory reporting or effect on your training if you need to seek help.

We encourage you to look after yourselves and offer a range of help and support information and resources below.

Wellbeing tips

Some simple tips to start with are:

  • Talk to someone if feeling isolated or down – family, friends, peers, mentors, training advisor, supervisor can all help
  • Keep in touch with your family and friends – Zoom/Facetime or phone if you are living/practicing in a new area
  • Get involved in your community – make new friends if you are new to the area
  • Meet up or talk with other GPs in training to share experiences – in person or virtually
  • Have your own GP – preferably not from your current practice – if there are limited options in your area ask your supervisor for a recommendation
  • Look after yourself – diet, exercise, social gatherings, sleep, downtime, interests/hobbies
  • Ask for help – don’t be afraid to ask for help at home, or at work to help relieve overall stress and time constraints
  • Take a day off if you need to – be kind to yourself
  • Look at strategies to manage work stress – speak to your supervisor or training advisor – don’t take your patients’ problems home
  • Keep an eye on your peers and they should do the same for you.

Signs of burnout

  • Exhaustion – feeling abnormally tired
  • Desensitisation – finding it hard to be empathetic towards your patients or connect with family and friends
  • Lack of meaning –  doubt over the value or purpose of your career
  • Preoccupation with work – not making time for friends, family, hobbies or your social life
  • Making mistakes – making more mistakes than you normally would.

How can I get help?

There are many resources and options available, some of which we have detailed on this page but a good place to start is with:

  • Your training advisor – reach out to them for help or advice
  • Your supervisor or practice manager – good local knowledge and practical experience
  • Your RLO – a registrar who works for MCCC but can chat confidentially about your concerns
  • PALS Registrar Assistance Program –  a confidential service offering psychology sessions to GP trainees
  • Employee assistance program, with MCCC or RACGP – free, confidential advice

Our registrar self-care guidance document has more great tips and resources for GP trainees, as well as our registrar wellbeing policy and the RACGP’s self care and mental health resources for GPs.

These and more options are explored below in more detail.

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PALS Registrar Assistance Program

We will fund up to five psychology sessions for GP trainees who require additional support during their time in the program. All we need to know is that you have a difficulty that could affect your GP training.

If you decide you need to use this service, please contact the ME in charge of PALS (Pastoral and Learning Support) Dr Hilda Jessop hilda.jessop@mccc.com.au. Hilda is based in Melbourne and will be able to maintain your confidentiality, by asking the psychologist to forward anonymised invoices. No one else in MCCC will be aware that you have used this service and it will not affect your training in any way. In some circumstances, additional sessions may be funded.

Employee Assistance Program

Our GP trainees can access help from our Employee Assistance Program with D’Accord. They provide confidential, professional, free counselling and support 24/7, with up to five free sessions per year. RACGP also offer a similar program.

Registrar Liaison Officers

Registrar Liaison Officers (RLOs) provide care, help, support and information to our GP trainees. Their job is to ensure that you have support and a way to provide feedback to the organisation. You can also contact the senior RLO if you have questions relating to training, employment, contract, the workplace and more.

Your regional contacts are:

Senior RLO:              Dr Amanda Cohn

North east RLO:      Dr Amanda Cohn

South west RLO:     Dr Amy Harper

North west RLO:     Dr Charles Aitken

Metro west RLO:    Dr Mardi Beck

General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)

Visit their wellbeing support page for personal insights and highly-relatable information or read more about GPRA here.

Dr JuMP GP mentoring

Having a mentor can assist you with your career and in managing your work-life balance. They provide a friendly ear to help and support you. See the flyer here for a quick snapshot, or for more information see here.

Support services

A range of related support services which may also help are listed below:

Self-help resources

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