Talk to someone

The RANZCP has a directory of private psychiatrists working in Australia. Some psychiatrists you can just call up and book a private appointment (with no medicare rebate) – but many will want you to talk to your GP about getting a referral (which will qualify you for a medicare rebate): 


Steps from the RANZCP for getting help:


Lifeline has an online crisis-chat service available from 7:00pm – 4.00am (Syd time) 7 days a week:

Assess your mental health


‘Are you ok?’ is a website designed and made by junior doctors to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors! Contains self assessment tools, vignettes, and ideas to help reduce stress.


The greater good science centre at Berkley university with numerous self assessment quizzes such as emotional intelligence, stress 7 anxiety and mindfulness.


This Way Up has the K-10 and other assessment tools, information sheets and online courses


The Pursuit of Happiness has a strengths-based happiness quiz and lots of resources on the ‘science of happiness’


Mindtools has heaps of resources and self-assessments, including the burnout self-test


Authentic happiness has heaps of questionnaires, videos and resources about positive psychology


CALM (Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind) is a website with resources about resilience, relationship and meaning; and heaps of mindfulness resources! Developed by the University of Auckland Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Learn about your mind


Dr Dan Siegel is a renowned American psychiatrist – he coined the term ‘Mindsight’ and the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology. He has free resources on his websites, and lots of bestselling books!


Dr Russ Harris (author of ‘The Happiness Trap’ and Australian ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ guru) has a youtube channel with heaps of short and insightful videos about how your mind works! view his channel here


Dr Kristen Neff is a world leader in the research on self-compassion! You can assess your level of self compassion here. She has also provided a number of useful free resources (including free meditations) on her website:



A directory of mindfulness resources is available at


Smiling Mind – A free mindfulness app 


Tara Brach is practitioner of insight meditation (a type of Buddhist meditation) – she has heaps of free talks and meditations available online:


Medicine-related blogs & articles


The wellbeing of physician relationships Western Journal of Medicine


The painful truth: physicians are not invincible Medscape


Emotional survival skills for physicians in training American Psychological Association


The comics revealing medical school’s hidden flaws and hard lessons The Atlantic


Insights on residency training NEJM Journal Watch (need to create an account to access)


Reading novels at medical school blog at 



Prompts for reflection

TED talks – no doubt you’ve heard about TED! They have heaps of interesting and thoughtful videos!


The School of Life has lots of ‘tools for a thoughtful life’ – free youtube videos and blogs, and well-priced books!


Dumbo Feather ‘conversations with extraordinary people’ is a website with interesting blogs, videos and podcasts


Sounds true is a nexus of ‘spiritual guidance’ with lots of resources on mindfulness, buddhist teachings, and relationship advice

General resources was specifically designed for students – it does require registration, but it has heaps of tools and educational modules! is geared towards creating a mentally healthy workplace, with lots of great resources for organization leaders and health professionals


R-Cubed (real resilience resources) aims to provide GP registrars, med students and young doctors with real strategies to build resilence during busy times