Welfare of Anaesthetists
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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.
2016 Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG Meeting – Satellite meeting to the ASA NSC
September 16, 2016, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC. "Be your best self".
Registrations are now open. Please visit the meeting website for further information.
2016 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting
October 7-9, 2016, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW. "Building Resilience - Reflections, Culture and Changing Minds".
Registrations are now open for the meeting. Please click here to visit the meeting website
2015 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting
September 25-27, 2015, Noosa, QLD. 'Innovation - Leadership - Accountability'.
Please visit the website to view the presentation slides. If you have any questions, please contact the Events Team.
75th National Scientific Congress (NSC) of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)
The Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG will hold a session at the 75th National Scientific Congress (NSC) of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) on Sunday September 18 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Please see below the session time and titles.
11-1.00pm Gender Literacy: Where are you in the Conversation?
Gender literacy: what is it and why is it important? Speaker from ChalkCircle
Where are all the women? Dr Ruth Mitchell
Where are all the men?
Talking to our trainees and colleagues. Staying enlightened in the age of harassment and bullying, Speaker from MIGA
The biannual Welfare SIG Newsletter. Please see below the newsletters.
2014 Welfare AGM held September 14, 2014.
The resource documents developed by the Welfare SIG provide brief comment, give references, and identify strategies for use in dealing with the more common professional and personal stresses:
RD 01 Personal Health Strategies 2011
RD 02 Financial Issues 2011
RD 03 Depression and Anxiety 2011
RD 04 Retirement 2011
RD 05 Critical Incident Support 2011
RD 06 Training and Examinations 2011
RD 07 Sexual Misconduct 2011
RD 08 Mentors 2011
RD 09 Why don’t you have your own GP ? 2011
RD 10 Breaking Bad News 2011
RD 11 After a Major Mishap 2011
RD 12 The isolated anaesthetist - PILOT
RD 13 Impairment in a Colleague 2011
RD 14 Medico-legal issues 2011
RD 15 Training and Family Responsibilities 2011
RD 16 Welfare Issues in the Anaesthetic Department
RD 17 Infectious Diseases 2011
RD 18 Latex Allergy 2011
RD 19 Ergonomics 2011
RD 20 Substance Abuse 2013
RD 21 Organ Donation 2011
RD 22 Bullying and Harassment 2011
RD 23 Communication Consent 2011
RD 24 Mandatory Reporting 2011
RD 25 The Disruptive Anaesthetist 2011
RD 26 The role of the welfare officer - 2015
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
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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
Transition to retirement
Wellness: A professional obligation
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.
The executive of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG meets regularly, usually via teleconference to discuss matters related to the group's area of interest.
||Dr Marion Andrew
||Dr Prani Shrivastava
||Dr Diana Khursandi
||Dr Tim Porter
||Dr Catherine Purdy
||Dr Greg Downey
||Dr Robert Fry
||Dr Tracey Tay
|RANZCP representative (co opted)
||Dr Shirley Prager
||Dr Kushlani Stevenson
||Dr Jenny Plummer
||Dr Suzi Nou
|Member||Dr Anna Hallett ||QLD |
|Member ||Dr Monika Tecsy ||ACT|
||Dr Nirooshan Rooban
EXECUTIVE MEETINGS 2016
The Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG Executive will meet on the following dates in 2016:
Tuesday 1st March, 6pm - Teleconference
Monday 2nd May, 12pm NZ time - business meeting at the ANZCA ASM
Tuesday 5 July, 6pm Melbourne time - Teleconference
Sunday 9 October, 7.30am NSW time - AGM at the Combined Meeting
Tuesday 6th December, 6pm - Teleconference
For further information:Events, phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ANZCA website.
- 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.