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Medical Benevolent Association of NSW

MBANSW Appeal


MBANSW ~ BY DOCTORS FOR DOCTORS AND THEIR FAMILIES  ~ SUPPORTING SINCE 1896 

HELP US SUPPORT YOUR RURAL AND REGIONAL COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED LOSS AS A RESULT OF THE NSW FLOODS

In the past 2 years MBANSW has experienced a 54% increase in the demand for our services. This increase has occurred for many reasons, including a number of natural disasters and the additional stress placed on doctors by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some of our rural and regional doctors have experienced total loss as flood waters or bushfires destroyed both homes and livelihoods. In the Northern Rivers alone, over 100 GP Practices have been impacted with more than 50 currently closed down. Many doctors have lost their homes as well and most were uninsured due to the prohibitive cost of flood insurance. In the cities, many practices have also experienced a severe drop in patient attendance rates with many workplaces yet to return to their offices due to COVID-19. Many specialists have seen their income reduced due to elective surgery ceasing a number of times over the many lockdown periods. These issues, coupled with a general trend of increasing rates of workplace stress, domestic violence and mental health conditions, as well as the reduction in our own investment income, has seen MBANSW only able to assist approximately 65% of doctors who requested financial assistance. Recent published research on the pandemic’s impact on doctors’ mental health shows that 30.9% of doctors are experiencing high levels of distress and 15.1% are experiencing very high levels*. * The mental health of Australian medical practitioners during Covid-19 by Michelle Anne Adams, Matthew Brazel, Richard Thomson   

                                      So we NEED YOUR HELP more than ever!

If every doctor in NSW and the ACT could provide a single, tax-deductible gift of $50 today, MBANSW would be able to assist 100% of your peers, colleagues and their family members who are in the midst of a crisis and need counselling and financial assistance to be able to get through their difficulty and return to independence. At present less than 6% of doctors actually donate to us.

Could we count on you to donate today so that we can help your colleagues recover from their adversity and return to their profession, wherever possible?

Doctors dedicate their lives to helping others, but they are certainly not immune to serious illness, family tragedy, accidents, loss of income or mental illness. MBANSW is here to support doctors and their families through a crisis and get them back to their vocation, whenever possible.

MBANSW provides a holistic, confidential, non-judgemental avenue of support and care for doctors in need. 

The MBANSW is very fortunate to have 14 esteemed Medical Professionals on the Council who volunteer their time and expertise for this cause. The Council reviews every request for support and takes great care to ensure that the funds given so generously, are used carefully. We also have added Financial Counselling and encourage all doctors requesting financial support to work with the Financial Counsellor to ensure a more robust future financial position.

Thank you for making a difference with your donation!

Dr Chris Dalton, President

 

All donations made for MBANSW via GiveNow are safe and secure. You will instantly receive your tax receipt via email and, in turn, your help to reduce our administration costs so that we can help more doctors in need.

Read more about what we do, and how we can help you, your family or your colleagues here https://mbansw.org.au/ or phone our Social Worker on (02) 9987 0504.

 

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Contact Details

PO Box 365
GLADESVILLE NSW, 1675

(02) 9987 0504

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