We’ve reached May in a year that will certainly go down in history!

It’s been a tough year to be a GP in Australia with many challenges indeed!

How are you coping? How are you looking after yourself?

This month, 2 of our RVTS registrars, Leigh-Anne Bingham and Jeni Davila Mendez, discuss self care. Leigh-Ann and Jeni give some specific advice on how to do this during a pandemic. 

These include:

  • Acknowledge that anxiety and fear in the current situation are perfectly normal.
  • Take some control of the inflow of information. 
  • Maintain social contact.  
  • Make time to relax.
  • Stay active.
  • Practice mindfulness with deep breathing and grounding exercises
  • Ask for help if you need to

Listen to the recording here: (7 min 23 sec)

The resources below are recommended for further review.

Please – Take care.


  1. RACGP – Psychological Support for GPs and Patients
  2. ACRRM – Health and wellness for RGs
  3. Phoenix Australia – Coronavirus Resources
  4. Reachout – Tools and Apps (various useful apps) and 5 Apps for beating exam stress (useful for all stress) 
  5. Calm App
  6. IMReasoning Podcast – Compassion