As we all know so well, Med School is an incredibly exciting time of your life but can also be extremely stressful. Yes, getting the grades is important but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your wellbeing. Be sure to look after yourself and support your colleagues as we become the kinds of doctors who take care of our own health as well as our patients’. Here are some resources that will help you if you are struggling.
About half of us in Australia are likely to experience a mental health problem in our lives - and that’s just the general population. Studying medicine puts increased pressure on us so it’s important to know where we can go for help and advice when it starts to get too much.
Flinders University offers its own counselling service, and you may find some useful tips on their "Feeling Stressed" page. Meanwhile, FMC runs regular free meditation sessions for staff and medical students.
In FMSS we have a Health, Wellbeing & Anti-Discrimination Director and Officer who are available to listen to your concerns and refer you on to the right people if needed.
Mental Health in Medicine event
Held annually around May, this is one of the most moving events of the year. Hear from the experts about mental health issues and techniques to manage them, but also hear from some brave fellow students who are willing to share their stories and show you that you are not alone in whatever you are going through.
Lifeline - 24-hour support 13 11 14 (if life is in danger call 000)
Beyond Blue - depression, anxiety and related mental health issues
Headspace - youth mental health
It Gets Brighter - student mental health, co-founded by Flinders graduate
Mensline - men's mental health
Relationships Australia - relationship support and counselling
Sane Australia - national mental health charity
Doctors Health SA is a GP service exclusively for doctors and medical students. They understand the unique set of challenges we are facing (med student syndrome is real!) and have undertaken extra training in treating medical students and practitioners. Their services include acute care, comprehensive check ups, and ongoing care:
After-hours clinical appointments in the Adelaide CBD
24-hour confidential phone advice
A network of GPs state-wide
Flinders has an on-campus Health Service on main campus next to the Sports Centre, offering confidential GP services to staff and students at the University. Please see their website for a full list of services and how to book an appointment.
To keep your health in tip-top condition while you study, Flinders One Fitness provides a range of classes, equipment and training spaces on campus at extremely good prices.
SHINE SA provide sexual health clinics, counselling, and helplines with a focus on LGBTI, rural and remote SA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and other specific communities. They bulk-bill appointments if you are under 30 or have a Health Care card.
**FREE HPV Vaccine** Get vaccinated as part of your sexual health screen. Your GP and sexual health clinics including Clinic 275 and SHINE SA are offering free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for gay men and men who have sex with men 20 to 26 years of age, through to 31 July 2019.
One day we will be earning the big bucks as doctors but for now we have to live on student budgets, and times can get tough.
If you need a little help to get through the week, FMSS can provide Emergency Vouchers for food, petrol, public transport, and pharmacy. For help paying the bigger expenses, you can apply for an FMSS Hardship Grant.
If you find that the FMSS grants aren’t enough or you need ongoing support, here are some other places you can go to for help:
Flinders University Student Association
• Grants and loans
• Financial counselling and help with applications
• Advocacy with creditors
Wright Evans Partners - financial advice
BOQ Specialist - medical student accounts, loans, cards
Centrelink - advance payments of Family Tax Benefits or Social Security Entitlements
No Interest Loans (NILs)