How to become a doctor for doctors
If you are a GP, psychiatrist or clinical psychologist with an interest in doctors’ health and you are able to prioritise appointments for NSW doctors and medical students, we would like to hear from you. By becoming a doctor for doctors, your details will be added to our contact lists for doctors and medical students to find specialised help when they need it.
If you decide to join our lists, your details will be available publicly on or via the Doctors’ Health NSW website.
It's easy to become a doctor for NSW doctors and medical students, start by submitting an expression of interest.
Australasian Doctors' Health Network
The Australasian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN) is an independent network of doctors' health services across Australia and New Zealand raising awareness about the importance of doctors’ health and wellbeing. The website is designed to bring together doctors and medical students who share an interest in the health and wellbeing of their colleagues. The site provides news and resources for promoting doctors' health, for helping your colleagues and for your own self-care, which is an essential prerequisite for competent medical practice.
Medical Benevolent Association of NSW
The Medical Benevolent Association of NSW (MBANSW)
provides confidential counselling and
short-term financial assistance to support doctors through times of crisis,
illness, accident, impairment, loss of income or grief. We assist practicing,
non-practising, retired and suspended doctors as well as final year medical
students and doctor’s families. Our financial assistance is aimed at helping
with basis living costs, through the crisis, and is normally limited to a period
of two to four months. Our counselling and social work services extend for as
long as needed. We can also refer doctors to other specialist services
including Financial Counselling, Addiction, Domestic Violence, Grief
Counselling as well as Pro-Bono Legal and Medical Insurance services. Our
services are free, confidential and independent of any regulatory body and no
referral is necessary.
Requests for assistance for
yourself or a colleague or family member, can be made by contacting our Senior
Social Workers by phone or email as indicated below.
Phone: 02 9987 0504 (ext 1)
The Essential Network for Health Professionals
Browse the resources below to find more information about health and wellbeing for medical professionals.
Drs4Drs is an online service that coordinates health programs and education materials for doctors and medical students.
Drs4Drs offers an online modular education course to help doctors who are interested in learning to care for other doctors and medical students. Register via their website to complete the training.
Drs4Drs can also provide doctors and medical students with up to three counselling sessions of one hour each.
Call Dr4Drs on 1300 374 377 (1300 Dr4Drs) 24/7, 365 days a year.
Drs4Drs telephone counselling service is provided by Converge International. Counsellors are based in Australia and are registered psychologists (AHPRA), qualified social workers (AASW) or qualified counsellors (ACA; PACFA). Calls are received by a person who will triage the call and explain the support options available. If the call is assessed as urgent, the caller can choose to be referred for a confidential telehealth consultation by one of the counsellors who is available at the time. If the call is not urgent, a later counselling appointment will be made.