Date published: 
14 September 2020
Type: 
Webinar
Audience: 
General public
Webinar date : 
Wednesday, September 16 2020 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm AEST
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Presenters

  • Dr Nick Coatsworth, Department of Health

  • Dr Kym Jenkins (RANZCP), Chair, Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges

  • Dr Sean Black-Tiong

  • Dr Rebecca Wood, Deputy Co-Chair, AMACDT

Question and answer

Question: With the majority of psychiatry trainees failing the exam and the long duration to getting the exam results, has the RANZCP consider the impact of delay in marking attaining fellowship?

Answer: This is an unsettling time and there have been many changes and impacts to the way we live, work and study. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is best placed to respond to your concerns. We suggest you reach out and see what measures they are putting in place to support trainees.  

Question: I live in Melbourne and am finding it increasingly hard to remain motivated and keep up with study and work commitments. What support or options do I have?

Answer: This is an unsettling time and routines have been disrupted, especially when it comes to study and work. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is extremely important. We would encourage you to:

  • Talk to your General Practitioner or mental health professional. This can be done either face to face or via telehealth;
  • Access the free 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service available via phone on 1800 512 348 or at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au;
  • Visit Head to Health (headtohealth.gov.au) for access to free and low cost phone, and online mental health services and supports;
  • In Victoria you also have access to HeadtoHelp clinics which provide additional mental health support for all Victorians. For more information go to www.headtohelp.org.au or by calling
    1800 595 212;
  • Headspace digital work and study service which provide a comprehensive digital support service for all Australians aged 12-25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness. For more information go to headspace.org.au
  • Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) online support for medical students to ensure they can recognise and respond to the extra stresses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will also remind medical students to monitor their own mental health and wellbeing. For more information go to www.mhfa.com.au.

Also, please reach out to your training provider who may support you with access to other information and options. Please stay well and look after your mental health.

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