Online resources

 

Resources for self-care and workplace wellbeing

Beyondblue’s National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students (2013) has identified age, gender, professional experience and stigma concerns as issues to acknowledge, while Safe Work Australia has reported that the health & community services sector is amongst the top 5 industry sectors for mental stress claims. To better manage work stress, compassion fatigue and burnout, one suggested approach is to adopt an 'ABC’s of Prevention' model - Awareness, Balance and Connections.

A number of organisations also produce publications that offer practical information and strategies for self care as an essential element of medical professional life.

A number of organisations have developed resources that enable self-assessment and management of burnout, and provide practical information and strategies for self-care.  Health professionals may also find support and resources through their Employee Assistance Program (if available), their professional college or association.

  • The Provider Resilience mobile phone application, produced by the US Department of Defense, gives providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • The Black Dog Institute, provides information and resources for workplace wellbeing.
  • The ProQOL Tool is a self-assessment tool for health professionals, specifically focussing on both the negative and positive effects of helping others experiencing suffering and trauma.  Sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue directly assess these issues for health care providers.  The tool can assist individuals to monitor their own levels of distress and progress over time.
  • Heads Up is developed by beyondblue and contains a range of resources for managers, staff and businesses to enable positive workplace mental health.
  • Workplace Wellbeing Factsheet: Printable factsheet produced by the Black Dog Institute.
  • RACGP – Keeping the doctor alive: This low cost guidebook provides all medical practitioners with information and resources on strategies for self care as an essential element of their professional life.
  • Tackling Depression at Work: This low cost practical guide for employees and managers is published by Black Dog Books.

Specialist clearinghouse

Multimedia resources

Professional guidelines

Research

  • DVA Evidence Compass: a website whereby research literature is organised, reviewed, synthesised and disseminated on questions of high importance to DVA.
  • Phoenix Australia Annual literature reviews: Annual overviews of research, conducted by Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, on topics related to military mental health and traumatic stress such as PTSD prevalence, risk factors and treatment advances.
  • Phoenix Australia Integrated Literature Reviews 2002-2012 : Developed by Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, this review summarises 10 years of research on specific topics relevant to veterans.
  • PILOTS database: Database of over 30,000 trauma-related article citations maintained by the US National Center for PTSD.
  • Journal of traumatic stress abstracts: provides access to citations and abstracts for all articles published in this journal on trauma-related mental health issues.
  • Cochrane review database: systematic reviews that examines and compare interventions for the treatment of psychological and physical conditions.
  • Australia's Health 2016: Highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 15th biennial report on the nation’s health, Australia’s health 2016.
  • Beyond Blue's Doctor's Mental Health Program: A survey of doctors and medical students that attempts to better understand mental health issues associated in that group.

Professional bodies

These professional bodies provide their paying members with access to online resources, training opportunities, professional advocacy and professional networks:

Other organisations

These societies provide their members with access to online resources, training opportunities and professional networks: