Your Wellbeing

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.

How the College Supports Trainees’ Health and Wellbeing

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 conduct surveys to identify the issues and challenges most prevalent amongst our members and ensure that we can target support and information most effectively.
  • Our Trainee Liaison Project Officer provides an additional line of support for trainees in both specialties and regularly visits trainees at their training sites. Contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a confidential discussion if you have issues with your training program.
  • Our Interrupted and Part-time Training Policy offers flexible arrangements for trainees whose circumstances have changed and/or who need to take a break from the training program. View the joint clinical radiology and radiation oncology policy and then contact the specialty training team to discuss further.
  • All Australian and New Zealand hospitals have an employee assistance program (EAP) that offers free, confidential consultations to employees. Look for the details in your induction pack or staff common area. Otherwise, your hospital’s human resources department can provide them to you.
  • Check The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) resources for self-care strategies and working in virtual environments.

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.

COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the College encourages all trainees to take particular care of your physical, mental, emotional and social health and seek support if required. The College has 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 (FAQs) are also developed for trainees’ reference.

The Australian Government’s digital mental health portal is a useful reference for information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Australian Medical Association has developed useful resources, and AMACDT has developed an information sheet - AMA advocacy to support doctors in training during the COVID-19 response - which outlines AMA advocacy priorities to support doctors in training during this critical time.

The College has identified a suite of COVID-19 resources and services that will be helpful. They are available here.

We encourage you to contact your Director of Training or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at RANZCR if you need any support during this challenging period.

Australian Medical Association

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

Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

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

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

Visual Acuity Testing for Radiologists

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