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Operated
independently

Originally, health programs for doctors were operated on the goodwill of committed volunteers in each state.

In 2014 the Medical Board of Australia saw the need to invest in these independent programs. They therefore partnered with the Australian Medical Association to establish an independent national program called “Doctors Health Services”, now known as DRS4DRS.

MBA recognises that DRS4DRS needs to operate separately from regulatory bodies, so that we can confidentially support doctors without fear of reporting. We are therefore a subsidary of AMA and operate independently.

Frequently asked questions

Let us clear up some common questions about doctors health so that you can access the support you need.

01

What do DRS4DRS do?

Each state in Australia has its own helplines and referral services. As the national coordinator, we’re here to help you navigate these services.

02

Is the service confidential?

Absolutely. While we do receive funding from the Medical Board of Australia, we operate independently from regulatory bodies.

03

What happens when I call the helpline?

The helplines are staffed by senior GPs and counsellors with experience in Doctors’ Health. When you call a helpline you’ll speak to someone at the paging service who will then ask you for a name and contact number. This is not an emergency or crisis line, but a first point of contact.

04

Can you help me find a good GP?

Yes. Some states have clinics specifically for doctors, while others have a directory of GPs trained to treat doctors. We can help you contact the State Service you want and help will be provided to assist you to find a GP who treats medical colleagues.

05

What can I talk to you about?

You can call us to get advice on your physical and mental wellbeing. We’re a listening ear to provide you with perspective.

06

Who is running the show?

DRS4DRS and the state services are currently run by dedicated doctors who have a vision to see improved wellbeing in the medical profession.

Our leadership

Board

Mr David Brennan

Chair

Member of Expert Advisory Council

Ms Liesel Wett

Director

Dr Caitlin Weston

Director

Dr Roger Sexton

Director

Dr Antonio Di Dio

Director

Dr Martin Laverty

CEO and company secretary

Ms Christine Brill

Executive officer

Our Panel of doctors’ health experts

The Board is advised and supported by its Expert Advisory Council. The members of the EAC are a dedicated group of doctors who are experienced in practitioner health:

Dr Choong-Siew Yong

Chair

Doctors’ Health Advisory Service New South Wales

Assoc Professor Jill Benson, AM

Member

Doctors’ Health South Australia

Dr Nicola Campbell

Member

AMA Council of Doctors in Training nominee

Dr Bronwyn Carson

Member

NT nominee

Dr Marjorie Cross

Member

ACT nominee

Dr Kathryn Hutt

Doctors’ Health Advisory Service New South Wales

Dr Patrick Johnson

Member

Victorian Doctors Health Program

Ms Sophie Keen

Member

Australian Medical Students’ Association nominee

Dr Sarah Newman

Member

Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Western Australia

Dr Bill Pring

Member

Australian Medical Association nominee

Dr Jennifer Schafer

Member

Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme

Dr Liz Webber

Member

Tasmanian nominee

Dr Edwin Whiteside

Member

Doctors’ Health Advisory Service New Zealand

Ms Christine Brill

Program Coordinator

Drs4Drs Pty Ltd

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You can help support the medical community by becoming a doctor for doctors.

Find out how

Doctors’ health explained

An introduction to the support and services available to doctors across Australia.

Getting help