Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG

Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group

For welfare resources click here

OBJECTIVE

The Welfare of Anaesthetists Group has been meeting on a regular basis since August 1995. The group was formed to raise awareness of the many personal and professional issues which can adversely affect the physical and emotional well-being of anaesthetists and intensivists at all stages of their careers. In 1998 the group became an official special interest group (SIG), with ANZCA providing the secretariat. The group is an informative, educative and referral group; it has no therapeutic role.

 

AIMS OF THE SIG

The aims of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG is to promote the personal and psychological well-being of anaesthetists and pain medicine practitioners and to heighten awareness of welfare issues in anaesthetists.

 

It achieves these aims by:

  • Educating anaesthetists and trainees in the care of their personal and psychological health, and that of their colleagues, fostering a climate of care, openness and support.
  • Identifying issues causing stress in anaesthetists’ lives.
  • Establishing guidelines for management of welfare-related problems (see Resources).
  • Expanding continuing medical education activities to include education on issues such as lifestyle, mental health, relationships, stress management and personal development, by holding sessions at state and national meetings, one-day seminars, and regional seminars for trainees and trainers.
  • Developing support strategies within and outside the profession.
  • Establishing a website, a resource brochure, a resource network and a reading list.
  • Facilitating access to, and liaison with existing helping agencies (for example, Doctors' Health Advisory Services - DHAS).
  • Advertising welfare activities and support schemes (in ASA and NZSA newsletters, ANZCA Bulletin).
  • Liaising with ANZCA, ASA, NZSA and other organisations.
  • Researching and collecting data.

 

WOAG MISSION: OUR FUNCTION

The Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group was formed to promote the concept of physician health, both physical and mental. It is our intention to make physician health issues mainstream and regarded as integral to healthy doctor-patient, doctor-family and doctor-workplace relationships. Our activities include, (but are not limited to): Education (trainees as well as specialists), liaison with other professional bodies, guidance (but not direct treatment or referral) for appropriate management of physician health problems.

 

WOAG VISION: FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Research and data on welfare issues in Australian/New Zealand anaesthetists. Wide acceptance by professional bodies and health administrations of the importance of welfare issues. Development of workplace practices that support anaesthetists and keep them well.

 

WOAG GOALS: STRATEGIES TO FULFILL OUR MISSION AND VISION

Plenary sessions at major continuing medical education meetings.

Free-standing SIG meetings.

Annual state-based meetings on welfare and professional issues for trainees.

Health and welfare surveys.

 

EVENTS

2017 Meetings

2017 Combined Communication, Education, Leadership and Management, and Welfare SIG Meeting

October 27-29, 2017, Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
“Confident competence: Creating and maintaining our abilities”.

Registrations are now open. Please click here to visit the meeting website.

ACTIVITIES

The Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG will hold a session at the upcoming ASA NSC, on Monday October 9, 2017 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

10.45am-12.15pm

Welfare community members, colleagues and doctors;Our roles in mental health
Suicide prevention; i'm not a Psychiatrist- what can i do?
Returning to work after mental illness: Collegial obligations and assistance

A number of welfare related workshops will also be conducted. Please visit the NSC website for further information.

NEWSLETTER

The biannual Welfare SIG Newsletter.  Please see below:

July 2015

To view AGM Minutes please contact events@anzca.edu.au


RESOURCES 

Please visit the ANZCA Welfare SIG page to view the Welfare SIG Resource Documents

 

Resource Documents

If you would like to create or request a specific resource document, please click here to view the resource document submission guidelines.

 

Doctor's Health Advisory Service

If you are concerned about yourself or a colleague, contact the "hot-line" nearest to you

 

NSW/NT 
+61 2 9437 6552
ACT
+61 2 6288 6008
Qld 
+61 7 3833 4352
Vic
+61 3 9349 3504
WA
+61 8 9321 3098
Tas
+61 3 6223 2047
SA
+61 8 8273 4111
NZ
(04) 471 2654 (NZ only)
www.doctorshealth.org.au  

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

Welcome to the first ANZCA Welfare SIG ‘article of the “month”’. The topic of substance abuse amongst our colleagues has frequently and recently been discussed by the SIG.  This article sought to establish how common the problem is, who it affects and what is being done about it in our region.  The survey has recently been repeated and the results will be published soon.  Until then, let us review where we were in 2005.  Also keep a look out for our ‘article of the month’ in the ANZCA Bulletin.

 

Fry, RA. Substance Abuse by Anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand.  Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 2005; 33: 248-255

 

Recognising Warning Signs

Are you enthusiastic for long, difficult or complicated cases?  Do you volunteer to work extra shifts or to do extra or late cases on a list? Are you over-anxious to give breaks to your colleagues?  Did you know that these are some of the warning signs of drug abuse, according the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)? These attributes are also those which are generally valued by anaesthetists, which highlights how difficult it can be to recognise substance misuse amongst our colleagues.  

    

For more warning signs and for strategies on what to do when you suspect someone may have a substance abuse problem, I encourage you to read the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group resource document RD 20 Substance Abuse 2013.  This and other resource documents can be found on the ANZCA website here.

 

Recommendations for future articles of the month are welcome.  Please contact Events or Dr Suzi Nou (Suzi.Nou@nh.org.au).  

 

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF ANAESTHETISTS' ARTICLES

All articles below are "produced by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and reproduced with permission"

 

Caring for you
Returning to work after illness
Returning to work after maternity leave
The isolated anaesthetist
The role of the welfare officer
Trainee welfare
Transition to retirement
Wellness: A professional obligation

 

MEMBERSHIP

If you would like to join the Welfare SIG, please download an application form or contact the SIG Coordinator Events or phone +61 3 9510 6299.

 

EXECUTIVE

The executive of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG meets regularly, usually via teleconference to discuss matters related to the group's area of interest.

 

Position
Name
Region
Chair 
Dr Marion Andrew
SA
Member
Dr Greg Downey
NSW
Member
Dr Robert Fry
NZ
Member
Dr Anna Hallett
Qld
Member
Dr Jane McDonald
NSW
Member
Dr Suzi Nou
NT
Member
Dr Tim Porter
SA
Co-opted Member
Dr Catherine Purdy
NZ
Co-opted Member
Dr Prani Shrivastava
WA
Member
Dr Kushlani Stevenson
Vic
Member
Dr Tracey Tay
NSW
Member 
Dr Monika Tecsy
 ACT
 RANZCP representative (co-opted)Dr Shirley Prager   Vic
 Trainee representative   Dr Maryann Turner    Qld
 Trainee representativeDr Shanthi Pathirana Vic

 

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS 2017

The Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG Executive will meet on the following dates in 2017:

Saturday 28 October, 2017 - AGM at the Combined Meeting, Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

For further information: Events, phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ANZCA website.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Articles in ANZCA Bulletin, ASA newsletters and other publications.
  • Doctors’ health advisory services numbers in ANZCA Bulletin and ASA newsletter.
  • Liaison with ANZCA, ASA, NZSA, doctors health advisory services, regional medical boards.