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Peer Support, caring for our carers and supporting a Healthy Medical Profession with Dr Kym Jenkins and Dr Tahnee Bridson

Peer Support, caring for our carers and supporting a Healthy Medical Profession with Dr Kym Jenkins and Dr Tahnee Bridson

Update: 2020-11-20
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            In this episode I am delighted to speak to Psychiatrists Dr Kym Jenkins  FRANZCP MBChB MPH MEd  and Dr Tahnee Bridson MBBS BMedSci(Hons) about the Peer Support Initiative Hand-n-Hand they have introduced for all Health Care Workers in Australia and New Zealand this year. 
                 Dr Jenkins is a consultant Psychiatrist and recent past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has spent over a decade as Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Programme. Dr Bridson is a Psychiatrist in training with the RANZCP and founder of  Hand-n-Hand ( Helping Australian and New Zealand Doctors and Nurses).  Both are passionate advocates and actively working to support and improve the mental, physical and emotional health of Healthcare Professionals.
               In this episode we discuss Peer Support, what it is, what it isn't, how it works in practice and its role as a pre-clinical and thus preventative health intervention. The conversation progresses to a discussion of the challenges and stigma Medical Professionals face and the systemic and cultural conditions which can serve as barriers to accessing healthcare themselves.  We reference the stark statistics of the incidence and prevalence of mental illness in doctors and medical students but also the great work that is being done by Drs Jenkins, Bridson and their colleagues.  The COVID19 pandemic has given a spotlight to the challenges we face and it is my hope that this will continue to serve as an impetus to effect tangible and lasting change.
            If you have been personally affected by any of the content in this episode or know of a colleague who could benefit from any of the resources we discuss and reference please access the links below. I  would finally like to encourage you access the very valuable Hand-n-Hand website.


HandnHand Peer Support for  All Health Care Workers

 https://handnhand.org.au

 https://m.facebook.com/HandnHandAU/

 https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ten/

 For Doctors and Medical Students

 https://drs4drs.com.au/getting-help/

 In Victoria and Tasmania 

https://vdhp.org.au/home/links

 In Crisis Call 1300 374 377 ( 24/7 help line) 

 If you are not a Dr or Medical Student 

Call Life line 13 11 14 

https://www.lifeline.org.au

 Other resources:

 Beyond Blue

https://beyondblue.org.au

 R U OK

https://www.ruok.org.au

Disclaimer: The content in this podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care professional.

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Peer Support, caring for our carers and supporting a Healthy Medical Profession with Dr Kym Jenkins and Dr Tahnee Bridson

Peer Support, caring for our carers and supporting a Healthy Medical Profession with Dr Kym Jenkins and Dr Tahnee Bridson