The Australian Veterinary Association Ltd


Unit 40 6 Herbert StreetSt LeonardsNew South Wales2065Australia View Map


+61 2 9431 5000


+61 2 9437 9068


In early 1997 the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), NSW Division facilitated an arrangement with the Doctors' Health Advisory Service (NSW) Inc. to provide confidential, personal and health assistance to all members of the veterinary profession in NSW. The Board of Veterinary Surgeons (NSW) fully supports this service and is contributing towards the funding on behalf of the veterinary profession. The DHAS was formed in 1981 and is an independent and confidential service offering advice to doctors, dentists and veterinarians and to medical, dental and veterinary students in need of help. A dedicated telephone service is available 24 hours a day: (02) 9437 6552. Calls come from practitioners themselves, their families, staff and professional colleagues. Incoming calls are referred to one of the first call panel of senior medical practitioners, experienced in handling the health problems of colleagues and other health professionals. The caller might receive advice directly from this doctor or might be referred to one of our panel of specialists. Extreme care is taken to maintain confidentiality. Once the caller enters into a formal doctor/patient relationship, whether with a first call panel doctor, a member of our specialist panel, or another medical practitioner, then the advisory role of the DHAS is completed - we are not a treatment service. Calls generally relate to substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs), psychological or physical issues, financial difficulties, or a combination of these problems. Each caller's problems are unique. The DHAS (NSW) continues to be well-respected amongst professional colleagues and takes its rightful place as one of the leading health care advisory organisations in this state, if not Australia. We aim to assist veterinarians to maintain full personal, professional and social capability. If this is possible, alternatives can be explored which enable veterinarians, with appropriate support and dignity, to function in their profession.

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