Dr Bipin Ravindran is the Clinical Lead for this program, which provides consultation, support and training to the Hunter New England Local Health District. It includes a clinic providing assessments for persons from culturally diverse and refugee backgrounds and works in a collaborative model with local health and community services. The key aspects of the program and clinic are:
1. Flexible referral process aimed to improve barriers to access health services and facilitate inter-service partnerships.
2. Assessments done at home or the patient's preferred environments providing a whole of family approach to assessment and case formulation.
3. Collaborative assessment, formulation and care with refugee health and multicultural service and state based trauma service, STARTTS (NSW service for treatment and rehabilitation of torture and trauma survivors).
4. Collaboration with state based program, mental health community living supports for refugees and asylum seekers (CLSR).
5. Program has a clinical lead and collaborates with mental health specialities including child and adolescent psychiatry, Dual Diagnosis and liaison psychiatry in providing clinical assessments and ongoing support.
6. Teaching program covering domains of social and cultural psychiatry for psychiatry trainees. The program collaborates with local refugee and trauma services in providing training to health care providers in areas of cultural psychiatry and refugee mental health.
Psychiatry trainees wishing to undertake workplace based assessments for their cultural psychiatry training requirements can contact Dr Bipin Ravindran.
Watch this video about starting as a new doctor, your wellbeing and access to supports.
Your health and wellbeing is one of our highest priorities. The Australian Doctors Health Network is a great place to do some confidential self-checks and seek advice about helping your colleagues. Doctors are not always good patients and often play down symptoms, delay consulting a GP and are sometimes reluctant to take advice. If you have concerns about a physical symptom, don't try to assess it yourself. Consult a GP.
If you have any concerns about yourself or a colleague you can have a confidential conversation with one of the JMO support staff below. We are here to help. If you need to talk our door is open. You can always talk to your supervisor, your mentor, or your Specialist Coordinators of Training / Director of Training. If you prefer contact external to HNET, the supports below are available.
NSW Health JMO Support Line: 1300 JMO 321 (1300 566 321)
RANZCP Member Welfare Support Line: 1800 941 002, www.ranzcp.org/support
HNELHD Employee Assistance Program (EAP): (02) 4985 3289
Doctors Health Advisory Service: (02) 9437 6552
Are you OK? website: www.jmohealth.org.au
For emergencies dial 000
If you have concerns about your emotional wellbeing, you can use these online tools below to see whether you should be seeking further advice:
beyondblue has many resources to help people recognise symptoms of anxiety and depression, and to find about about available treatments. Common signs that you or a colleague might be struggling:
- Work or personal stress
- Alcohol and drugs use
- Making mistakes
- Disrupted sleep
- Compassion fatigue
- Withdrawing socially
NEW APP TO SUPPORT RESILIENCE
HETI's Building Individual Resilience App is a new resource designed to support staff to learn ways to 'bounce back' and respond positively and productively to challenge and change. Developed in collaboration with the subject matter experts from LHDs and the NSW Ministry of Health, the App allows users to explore how resilient they are, and ways to handle challenges positively. The app can now be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores:
* Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/building-individual-resilience/id1457648116