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Support for Frontline Medical Staff During COVID-19

Saturday 07, Mar 2020

Dear Present and Past ASPM Members,

In preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic, ASPM has been in discussion with other organisations that seek to support frontline medical staff during this time. As generalist mental health clinicians, ASPM members have a skillset to offer a key resource to the Australian medical community.

Here are some ways you could become involved in providing or seeking support at this time:

  1. Hand-n-HandAU is an initiative supported by ASPM members, which provides a national interdisciplinary peer support network for healthcare workers at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can express interest in being part of a Peer Support Group here or access their Online Peer Support Group here  Or you can express an interest in Facilitating Peer Support Groups through filling in their online form here.
  • Doctors Health Advisory Service – you can express an interest in Mentoring Facilitators of Peer Support groups.
    Please use the email address for your relevant local group to connect – not their phoneline as that is manned by doctors on call.
  • The Doctors Clinic - this initiative allows experienced GPs to offer their services to provide confidential support to fellow GPs (private billing, Medicare Telehealth or pro bono). 
  • Kindness Pandemic - a Facebook group to encourage the community to notice kindness at this time - it might also encourage you!

ASPM continues to seek experienced facilitators for our case consultation groups - let us know if you have an interest.


Johanna Lynch
Chair of the ASPM Education Committee on behalf of the ASPM Education Committee