Peer support for doctors treating veterans and ADF personnel
Members and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) often present with serious injuries and challenging stories about their experiences. This can be very distressing for the treating practitioner and some doctors placed in this position may feel the need to access peer support services.
The ADF has advised the AMA that doctors who serve in the ADF and need peer or professional support are encouraged to contact their regional medical advisor or a trusted senior uniformed colleague. They can also visit http://www.defence.gov.au/health/healthportal/ for more information on available support.
For civilian doctors, or those ADF doctors that do not want to use ADF services, existing Doctors’ Health Advisory Services (DHAS) can provide confidential support and advice.
Contact details for DHAS’ can be accessed at http://www.adhn.org.au/