As a clinical radiology or radiation oncology specialist-in-training, 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 information about action the College is taking in this area, as well as links to useful resources to support your health and wellbeing and signposts to where you can seek help.
The College recognises that it has a role to play in promoting the importance of health and wellbeing among our members, and we are developing and implementing a number of activities to support you in this regard:
We will continue to explore and develop new resources and programs to further support members and promote self-care, and are also committed to addressing these issues at a systemic level, in addition to supporting you directly.
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
The Australasian Doctors’ Health Network (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. Their website also contains useful information and resources relating to common difficulties faced by doctors, and how to help others in need.
Access ADHN support and resources
doctorportal is owned and operated by the AMA and provides a centralised location for information, news and resources for medical professionals.
The portal includes a comprehensive resource index with links to information from several well-respected organisations including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Black Dog Institute, beyondblue and the American Medical Association, addressing issues such as mood disorders, sleep disorders and stress management.
Access doctorportal resources list
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 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