Mental Health Support

Last Updated: 23 March 2020

No matter what role you play in the practice the pandemic can create stress and impact on mental health and wellbeing. It is more important than ever that we are kind to ourselves and to each other.

The ADA is here to support you through COVID-19, including connecting you with a range of support services you can access if you need help or someone to talk to.

If you believe your life or the life of someone you know is at risk, please call 000 immediately.

If you would like to speak to someone immediately, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636.

For dental practitioners, we recommend:

1. Managing your exposure to media and social media and ensuring your information comes from trusted sources, including the ADA and Department of Health.

2. Being physically active, eating nutritious foods and maintaining your routines the best you can.

3. Being socially active with friends and family by phone or video.

4. Remaining "calm yet cautious" and seeking support if you need it (see contact details below)

5. Being kind to each other, and ourselves.

Support services

Australian Capital Territory
Helpline: 0407 265 414
Office: 02 6270 5410
24 Hour Phone Assistance “Colleague of First Contact”
PO Box 560
Curtin ACT 2605

New South Wales
Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW Helpline and Office: 02 9437 6552
24 Hour Phone Assistance
69 Christie Street
St Leonards NSW 2065

Northern Territory
Helpline: 02 9437 6552
Office: 0409 446 489
24 Hour Phone Assistance
PO Box 422
St Leonards NSW 1590

ADAQ Member Support and Advice Office: 07 3252 9866
[email protected]

South Australia
Doctors' Health SA Helpline: 08 8366 0250
Office: 08 8232 1250
24 hour phone advice
PO Box 7427
Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

AMA Tasmania Peer Support Service
Phone: 1300 853 338
Confidential peer support 8am–11pm

ADAVB Member Assistance Program (through Lifeworks)
Phone: 1300 361 008
Face-to-face, telephone or online counselling 24/7

Peer Support Service
Helpline: 1300 853 338
Office: 03 9280 8722
Phone advice service from 8am–11pm
PO Box 21, Parkville, Vic 3052

Victorian Doctors' Health Program
Phone: 03 9495 6011
Clinical services with some phone support
PO Box 8 (27 Victoria Parade)
Fitzroy Vic 3065

Western Australia
ADAWA/DPL member counselling through Optum
Phone 1800 021 448
Doctors' Health Advisory Services
Helpline: 08 9321 3098

Further Resources:

Lifeline have a dedicated Coronavirus support page available HERE.
As well as their 24/7 helpline on: 13 11 14 and online chat.

Beyond Blue have a dedicated Coronavirus support page available HERE

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