Live Well Study Well Program
The wellbeing of medical students has long been important to MDA National.
Initially as a way to do something practical to improve the wellbeing of medical students and with the aim to reach as many students as possible, MDA National supported AMSA’s 2004 Wellbeing Campaign through the sponsorship of specific website articles and events.
To take our commitment further, in 2005, MDA National developed and launched Live Well Study Well, a program specifically designed to give relevant and practical information, produced by healthcare professionals, that can be delivered with the flexibility to meet the needs of various medical schools, societies, rural clubs and health groups as required.
Live Well Study Well – what’s it all about?
Live Well Study Well is activity based and can be tailored to suit the type of event you are hosting e.g. 3 minute massages at your next med soc wellbeing event.
How do I organise a Live Well Study Well event?
If you would like MDA National to host a Live Well Study Well event at your next function, please contact your State Relationship Manager.
I will survive – a handful of tips that may be of help
Common stressors for medical students are heavy academic workloads, financial concerns, unrealistic expectations of self and sleep deprivation to name a few. Some common signs of stress include anxiety, depression, increased difficulty in concentration, hostility or irritability.
If you are feeling stressed, some useful tips might be:
- Be aware of your signs of stress and seek to counter act them.
- Know your limits – it is o.k. to say “no”.
- Be your own first patient – eat well and drink well.
- Get active – try walking, running, yoga, swimming, cycling, meditation…
- Avoid self medication – it is habit forming and will only cause more problems.
- Share your stress and debrief – talk to someone you can trust.
- Develop good time management skills.
- Accept you are not perfect and will make mistakes; life is much easier once your accept this.
- Talk to your GP – if you don’t have one, find one.
- Call your MDO at any time.
- Medical school is the best time to set up habits for life – these will help you to be a better and happier doctor.
Remember you are not alone! Seek help from your university counselling/support service. These websites may also be of some help:
This information is a guide only and should not be taken as medical, legal or clinical advice.