About Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme
QDHP was established as the service arm of the Doctors’ Health in Queensland. DHQ is an organisation developed by doctors, led by doctors.
Our organisation receives support from dedicated volunteer doctors who answer our helpline and provide assistance to colleagues in need.
We recognise that medical practitioners may find it challenging accepting the role as a patient and many fail to seek help in a timely manner. Yet doctors experience the same wide range of health-related issues as others in the community, as well as conditions specifically related to the stresses of professional practice. We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students in Queensland, understanding that this work benefits the community as a whole – improving the delivery of quality care and encouraging others to focus on positive health maintenance behaviours.
Help is only a call away
Call 07 3833 4352
For doctors and medical students only – Independent and Confidential advice
THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY SERVICE
FOR ANY EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000
The QDHP Board
The DHQ/QDHP Team
Dr. Margaret Kay, MBBS(Hons) PhD FRACGP DipRACOG MAICD, is Medical Director of Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme (QDHP). She has been working with the Doctors’ Health in Queensland (formerly DHAS(Q)) for over 15 years, taking on the role of Medical Director when QDHP was established as the service arm of DHQ.
She graduated from The University of Queensland in 1983, with Honors in Medicine and holds an Academic Title as Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine, UQ. In 2013, she completed her PhD in Physician Health. Her thesis focussed on understanding how doctors access health care for themselves. Her successful application for the internationally competitive membership of the International Primary Health Care Leadership Program in Oxford has supported her leadership expertise and, in 2019, she completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Graduate Certificate.
Dr Kay is actively involved in training doctors and medical students to better understand their health and wellbeing, including how doctors can deliver quality care to doctors. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications, many in the area of doctors’ health and regularly presents at national and international conferences on doctors’ health issues with a focus on enabling transformative change within the complexity of the health care environment. She is a member of the Australasian Doctors’ Health Network and a member of AMA Queensland.
Dr Kay continues to work part-time in General Practice and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She also has clinical and research expertise in refugee health and is the Clinical Lead in Multicultural Health with the Brisbane South Primary Health Network.
Ms Vicky Dawes, MBChB MCouns, is DHQ’s Education Officer and counsellor. Vicky provides counselling support during office hours for callers to the QDHP helpline and supports our panel of on call doctors who generously volunteer their time and expertise to assist callers to our helpline. Vicky also develops and presents education sessions for doctors and medical students across a wide breadth of doctors’ health issues. Vicky previously worked as a doctor, where she practiced as an advanced trainee in emergency medicine, and subsequently as a student counsellor for the University of Queensland where she cared for many medical students. She also led the development of the University of Queensland’s Mental Health Strategy.
Ms Naomi Newton (BSc Dip Medical Practice Management) joined DHQ in 2018 as Office Manager. Naomi provides support for the GP On Call Panel and attends to the general administrative duties required for the organisation. She is a trained microbiology scientist, has expertise in medical administration, understands health issues and is comfortable communicating with doctors and medical students. She helps promote the organisation, attending promotional events and maintaining the website.
DHQ currently has three employees who work together to enable the delivery of services. From left: Naomi Newton, Dr Margaret Kay and Vicky Dawes.