The Doctors’ Health Advisory Service is here to help you

The Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (DHAS) gives support and advice to doctors and medical students in NSW.

DHAS offers confidential and independent advice and operates independently of all medical professional organisations, including registration boards.

Doctors can call the DHAS helpline at any time if you think they can help you or a colleague. Some calls to DHAS relate to mental health conditions, workplace stress, substance misuse and career concerns. Experienced on-call doctors are non-judgmental, empathetic and understand the many challenges faced by doctors and medical students.

When you phone the DHAS helpline, your call initially goes to an answering service and your phone number is relayed to the DHAS. The DHAS doctor on call will phone you as soon as possible, usually within a couple of hours. You do not need to leave your name, just a phone number to enable the return call. Depending on the nature of your concern, the DHAS doctor may help you to access other relevant services and/or resources.

If you are a North Coast GP who is happy to see doctors as patients, please contact DHAS at [email protected] to discuss this.

The DHAS helpline is not a crisis or emergency service – in case of emergency, callers are advised to phone 000.

Phone the DHAS helpline on (02) 9437 6552.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.