Support for rural and remote psychiatrists

Listed here are specialised support services for psychiatrists working in rural and remote settings.

Help with health or personal issues

RANZCP Member Welfare Support Line


1800 941 002 (AUS) or 0800 220 728 (NZ)

Confidential advice is available to all members of the RANZCP through the member welfare support line. Call for support on any issue that affects your physical or mental wellbeing.
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Doctors’ health advisory service helplines

For any personal or health concern, a good first step is to call your local doctors’ health advisory service helpline. Visit the DRS4DRS website for local contacts in your state or territory within Australia, or call 0800 471 2654 in New Zealand.

Bush Support Services (Australia)

1800 805 391, Bush Support Services website

A 24-hour telephone support line that provides free, anonymous telephone counselling service to Australian rural and remote area health professionals and their families. It is staffed by psychologists experienced in the rural and remote sector.

Telehealth Provider Directory (Australia)

If you need to consult with a medical professional, but would prefer to see someone outside the area you live in, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine hosts the Telehealth Provider Directory. This directory of GPs, specialists and allied health practitioners who offer consultations remotely, using video-conferencing software.

Peer support

To establish a peer support network of people facing similar challenges, join the RANZCP's Section of Rural Psychiatry or your local rural doctor's association

Online self-care resources

RANZCP self-care e-learning modules

This course comprises three 20-minute modules:

  • Lifestyle assessment
  • Self-care techniques
  • Dealing with barriers and challenges in rural and remote locations.

This course is endorsed for CPD credits when all three modules are completed:

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New to working in a rural or remote area?

Be sure to look over these resources especially designed to orient you to your new environment.

Rural psychiatry

Practising psychiatry in rural areas 
The practicalities of working as a psychiatrist in a rural area.

Mental health in rural areas
What makes the rural mental health context distinctive.

Delivering mental health care in rural areas
How mental health services are structured, and the roles of health-care workers.

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