As a clinical radiology or radiation oncology specialist international medical graduate, we understand the importance you place on providing high quality care to your patients.
However, in order to be able to provide this standard of care, you must also prioritise caring for your own health and wellbeing.
Issues relating to wellbeing, work-life balance and burnout are a real concern for our members – as they are for the medical profession in general. This page provides practical information and useful resources to support your health and wellbeing and signposts to how you can seek help, and how you can help a colleague.
Looking after yourself during COVID-19Seeking help with problems in your pathway to FellowshipStarting a conversationPractising self-careAccessing support in a rural and remote setting
During this unprecedented and trying time it has never been more important to take particular care of your physical, mental, emotional and social health, and seek help when you need it. We reflected on this in our June 2020 Inside News feature, Maintaining Your Wellbeing in Public Health Crises.
In addition to the resources and support listed in the subsequent sections of this page, the following information, specific to maintaining your wellbeing during the pandemic, may be helpful:
Watch Prof Brett McDermott from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists deliver an informative webinar with fascinating research, practical advice and a dose of good humour.
TEN: The Essential Network for Health Professionals, is a mobile app developed by health professionals, for health professionals. It provides you with evidence-based practical tools to help you assess and manage your mental health during the pandemic.
Find out more and download
A wealth of practical strategies and information created specifically for health professionals, covering topics including addressing financial stress, parenting, managing anxiety, and self-care planning.
This movement was created by Australian clinicians to support health professionals during the pandemic, with a curated bank of evidence-based resources.
Find out more
Our COVID-19 Updates pages contain advice in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on College activities, as well as useful information and resources.
View RANZCR COVID-19 Updates
Specifically for trainees and IMGs, we have developed a set of overarching priorities, principles and strategies to guide decision-making on training, accreditation, assessments, examinations and other training activities during the pandemic, and in its aftermath. Frequently Asked Questions are also available.
We understand that your journey to Fellowship can place you under significant stress. If you are experiencing difficulties, there are a number of actions you can take:
The College is committed to the prevention of bullying, discrimination and harassment. If you feel like you are being mistreated by your colleagues or supervisors, take a look at our Grievance Policy for advice on how to raise a grievance.
If you need support or are concerned about a colleague there are many ways you can reach out.
If you work in a hospital in Australia or New Zealand, you will have access to an employee assistance program that offers free, confidential advice to employees. An EAP will also be available in many private practices. Information should be available in your induction pack or staff noticeboard.
Australasian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN) The ADHN is designed for all doctors and medical students in Australia and New Zealand (and their families and colleagues). ADHN operates 24 hour helplines in every Australian state and New Zealand, providing localised support and advice.
Find your local ADHN support line
Drs4Drs is a network of doctors’ health advisory and referral services, offering an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. Each state has a 24/7 helpline staffed by senior GPs and experienced counsellors trained in doctors’ health.
Find your local Drs4Drs support line
The HeadsUp website contains practical advice to help you start a conversation with a colleague who you think may be struggling, whether they are a peer or one of your employees.
Visit the HeadsUp website
Drs4Drs have developed a series of practical guides on topics that matter to doctors the most, including balancing parenthood and medicine, exams and burnout.
Access five minute guides
THIS WAY UP is an evidence-based initiative run by the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). They offer clinically proven online courses for a range of mental health conditions, pain management, and general wellbeing.
Visit THIS WAY UP website
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) offers some useful practical resources for all doctors, including tools for fatigue risk management and evaluating the safety of your roster.
It also links to a number of resources specifically geared towards registrars and junior doctors, including resilience resources and self-assessment tools.
Access AMA support and resources
As a clinical radiologist or radiation oncologist, having good visual health is essential. However, the use of computers and screens is known to be related to symptoms of eye strain and eye fatigue.
The College recommends that all members undergo regular eye examinations (particularly visual acuity testing) to protect themselves and their patients. This is particularly important towards the latter part of your career.
Find out more about visual acuity tests
We understand that IMGs who are working in more remote settings face unique challenges, and there are several options available to help you access targeted support and connect with others in a similar position.
Bush Support Services is a free, anonymous 24-hour telephone counselling line for Australian rural and remote health professionals and their families. It is staffed by psychologists experienced in the remote sector.
Access Bush Support Services
The RDAA has branches in each state of Australia and offers significant support and networking for doctors working in rural and remote settings. Membership fees apply.
Find your local Rural Doctors’ Association