Monash Doctors Wellbeing Officer – Rosemary McKemmish

Monash Health has not only recognised that doctors need particular support, but that they have endorsed it by creating this new role which is part of Monash Care – the Monash Doctors Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy which was launched on 22/10/2014.

The Monash Doctors Wellbeing Officer acts as an advocate for our junior medical staff and is an important contact for those JMS who may be experiencing workplace or other stressors. The Wellbeing Officer will also raise the profile of the importance of mental health and wellbeing for all Monash Doctors by working closely with those JMS who need support to:

  • Provide confidential support to the JMS as much as possible, without stepping into an area of counselling the Doctor
  • Facilitate time off if required, and arrange cover
  • Liaise with Units/Departments about vacancy
  • Act as a referral service for the Doctor to internal & external support services
  • Notify the DCT, MEO & DMS who can provide additional support
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Rosemary McKemmish | 03 9594 2750 | 0427 409 310
rosemary.mckemmish@monashhealth.org or medsupport@monashhealth.org

The Monash Care Doctors’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy grew out of the National Mental Health Survey of Doctors & Medical Students conducted by beyondblue which found that:
• Doctors reported substantially higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide compared to both the Australian population and other professionals
• Young doctors and female doctors appeared to have higher levels of general & specific mental health problems and reported greater levels of work stress
• The general work experience for Australian doctors is stressful & demanding
• Stigmatising attitudes regarding the performance of doctors with mental health conditions persist

Monash Health is aware that the work experience of doctors and medical students can be stressful and demanding and that seeking help throughout such periods can be difficult.
The MonashCare Doctors’ Health & Wellbeing Strategy is a framework to raise awareness. It aims to reduce workplace stress and create avenues to encourage doctors to seek help by creating a workplace that is encouraging and caring so that no Monash Doctor has to struggle in silence.

Monash Health is committed to providing a safe & supportive workplace for all Monash Doctors that enables a quality training & career experience by ensuring:

• A widespread awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing
• Preventing workplace stress & psychological distress
• Supporting doctors with identified mental illness
• Building strategic partnerships to achieve workplace wellbeing
• Supporting research to improve our understanding of workplace wellbeing

Confidential External & Internal Supports
• Monash Health People Assist Program – Converge International – Ph. 1300 687 327
VDHP – Ph.(03) 9495 6011
PANDA (for postnatal depression) Ph. 1300 726 306
• beyondblue – Ph. 1300 224 636
AMA Victoria Peer Support Service – Ph. 1300 853 338
• Director, Medical Services – Dr Anjali Dhulia – Ph. 9594 2180
• Medical Education Officers – Alana Gilbee or Liz Pryor for Interns & HMOs – Ph. 9594 3743
• Monash Doctors Wellbeing Officer – Rosemary McKemmish – Ph. 0427 409 310