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The College values the wellbeing of Trainees. The below information is provided as a starting point for resources and contacts.

Wellbeing Officers

Caterina and Ashleigh are the College Wellbeing & Engagement Officers. They provide individual support and advocacy to trainees for a range of personal and professional matters. They also work closely with the Trainee Representative Committee (TRC) to address training matters. Caterina and Ashleigh are accredited as instructors of the Standard Mental Health First Aid course.

Please do not hesitate to contact your state’s Wellbeing & Engagement Officer if you have any concerns or queries. 

Caterina De Meneghi
0434 437 447
caterina@dermcoll.edu.au

Caterina is based in Melbourne and supports trainees in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Ashleigh Thomas
0432 047 606
ashleigh@dermcoll.edu.au

Ashleigh is based in Newcastle and supports trainees in New South Wales and Queensland. 

Policies and Forms

The following policies may be relevant to your circumstances. View these policies here.

Trainees are encouraged to talk to the Wellbeing & Engagement Officer to discuss concerns about their trainee and talk through suitable options.

Prior to submitting Variation of Training or Special Considerations, trainees should advise their Directors of Training of their intentions. Once they’ve advised the Director of Training, trainees can submit the relevant form to admin@dermcoll.edu.au

Wellbeing Resources

The below resources can be accessed by trainees and fellows. This is not an exhaustive list of wellbeing resources and supports available to doctors; however, it may provide you with a good start. Please click on each resource below to find out more. 

Converge International’s Employee Assistance Program is accessible for all trainees, Fellows and staff members of ACD. Converge offers counselling as well as other approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology.

Converge can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1300 687 327 or you can book an appointment online here

Drs4Drs is a service that was recently launched to support health professionals in need of mental health support. This service was established in response to the growing concern for doctors’ wellbeing. You can call 1300 374 377 or visit drs4drs.com.au

College endorses AHPRA’s Position Statement on Sexism, Sexual Harassment and Bullying.

 

Wellbeing Programs

If you are interested in the below programs, please get in contact with Caterina and Ashleigh.

The Wellbeing & Engagement Team are currently planning for the delivery of a Post-training Candidate and International Medical Graduate personal mentoring program. 

Caterina and Ashleigh will be in touch with PTCs and IMGs in the coming months to gain expressions of interest in this optional mentorship. 

The College Wellbeing & Engagement Officers, Caterina and Ashleigh, are trained as Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructors. College intends to train members who are engaged with trainees in supervisory and mentoring roles in Mental Health First Aid Training.

  • Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program which provides individuals with the ability to appropriately approach and provide support to individuals experiencing mental health challenges or crises.
  • Ashleigh and Caterina are accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors and run the course twice per year. The College endeavours to train members involved in training to ensure trainees are well supported.
  • The program consists of 12 hours of training, usually undertaken over two days, face-to-face.
  • In 2021, College has generously subsidised this course for participants.

Wellbeing Tips

Please find some general tips below that may assist with your wellbeing.