01 October 2023

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month encourages us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and to seek help from the many support services that are available.

National Mental Health Month 1 - 31 October 

National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness and promote better mental health for all. The National Mental Health Month 2023 Awareness Campaign is available here. The ADAVB has a number of services available to member to help support you and stay connected. Find out more below.

Free counselling from our LifeWorks program

Members can access confidential counselling on personal or work issues provided by our LifeWorks member assistance program. LifeWorks can help you with relationship and family issues, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, alcohol and drug issues, managing conflict and handling work pressures. Phone-counselling is available 24/7 and you can also access an interactive website with helpful tools by using your member login to access the LifeWorks page.

Dental Central podcasts

We have interviewed a wide range of fascinating guests, including members who have shared their experiences with finding strength, building connections, navigating burnout, prioritising their mental health to enrich their lives, personal triumphs and making a comeback. Listen for a variety of inspiring stories and how to seek help.

Listen now: adavb.org/news-media/dental-central-podcast

Dental Practitioner Support

The Dental Practitioner Support is a free 24/7 confidential national telephone service providing health support to dental practitioners across Australia. The service was initiated by the Dental Board of Australia, and is administered by Turning Point, a leader in the delivery of telehealth services. Dental practitioners who call the telephone service can talk to experienced counsellors who can help with a wide range of health and wellbeing related issues that may be affecting their practice. The service also provides support to students, educators, employers and concerned family members.

Call: 1800 377 700

Black Dog Institute

The Essential Network (TEN) is an e-health hub connecting healthcare professionals with critical mental health and wellbeing services including navigating the risk of burnout. Access one-on-one clinical care through TEN's clinic (up to five free clinical sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist) complete online self-assessments and programs and download resources.

Visit: blackdoginstitute.org.au/the-essential-network

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia.

Visit: beyondblue.org.au

Call: 1300 22 4636. 

Other professional services to support you

Connect with your peers

Stay connected with colleagues and discuss issues with local members at ADAVB Group meetings. Being a part of your local ADAVB Group is a great way to build communities and connections.

Connect with fellow ADA members via the ADA's community and networking platform, peer.org.au. You can also ask a question here on HR matters for the HR Advisory Service to answer. Build your network on Peer and be supported by your ADA community.

HR advice

Have a tricky work issue you're unsure about? The ADA HR Advisory service provides assistance to members on HR matters, resources and advice online at ada.org.au/Membership-Services/HR-Hub.

Free advice from our community relations officers and professional consultants

Receive advice from our professional consultants for non-insurance matters, and if you are insured with Guild Insurance, you can receive support and advice from our community relations officers (CRO) for insurance-related matters.

Our CROs are senior, experienced dentists working with the support of dento-legal experts, to provide you with exceptional, trusted support and advice when you need it. Learn more: adavb.org/community-relations-officers.

You can also obtain advice and resources from our Practice Plus consultants for assistance with practice management and infection control issues. Together with our CROs, our Practice Plus consultants are the highest rated service by our members. Learn more: adavb.org/training-events/consulting.

Legal advice

ADAVB members receive advice from Meridian Lawyers on general, corporate and commercial law (free for the first 20 minutes, plus an extra two hours per year for Guild-insured members).

Call: 1800 617 624

Find out more

Mental Health Month: https://www.mhfa.org.au/awareness

ADAVB member support services: adavb.org/membership/member-benefits

Not a member? Join your colleagues today. Belong and be supported.