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'Healthy doctors, healthy patients' is a well-known maxim of the medical profession.

Doctors need to be well to provide high-quality health care to their patients and the community, and to experience medicine as a rewarding and satisfying career.

Doctors' Health Advisory and Referral Services

Doctors’ health advisory and referral services are available in each state and territory to help doctors and medical students facing difficulties and needing assistance.

Helplines and services for doctors and medical students are available at these websites:


Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

Fatigue Management

The AMA offers all doctors a unique web-based tool that enables you to evaluate the safety of your roster, and help make hospitals safer for patients and doctors. The AMA's fatigue risk assessment tool enables you to track your work, on-call, recreational and sleeping hours over a week, and determine whether your work arrangements are placing you at risk of serious fatigue. The assessment tool is available for you to use here.