Australian bushfires

MIGA support for doctor members

9 January 2020

We are shocked and saddened by the devastating bushfires that have caused so much loss of human life, livestock, pets, bushland, wildlife and property across Australia.

We recognise the huge disruption and loss they are creating in people’s lives, to their wellbeing and livelihood and to our communities, particularly in close-knit rural areas where the effects will be felt well into the future.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost homes and businesses, and particularly with those who have lost loved ones or who are injured.  We acknowledge the bravery of the fire and emergency services fighting the fires in horrendous conditions, and the tireless work of volunteers, communities and the defence forces in providing shelter and relief work to those impacted.

To our members who are providing healthcare services to support your patients and the relief effort at this exceptional time, we recognise and admire the critical role you are playing and will continue to play in your community’s care and recovery over the coming months.

We understand this can come at a significant personal and professional cost and that, at times, you may feel overwhelmed by the burden of events and the emotion that accompanies them. 
 
Cover and support from MIGA
As a member of MIGA, please remember we are here to support and help you.  If you have any questions or concerns about your practice and how to respond in these uncertain and difficult times, please do not hesitate to call us.

We have received calls from doctors who are looking to provide volunteer services and others who want clarification of their cover. 

We confirm claims and inquiries that result from services provided to patients and communities in unforeseen emergencies such as this one are covered by MIGA’s policy, subject to the terms and conditions of your cover with us. If you need any clarification in relation to your cover, please call our Client Services team on 1800 777 156.
 
Other help and support
Your own health may be affected by the burden of these events and we encourage you to seek the broad support of friends, family and colleagues and to make use of the Doctors Health Service in your home state should the need arise.

The following services are ready to help. Each of these has a 24/7 helpline staffed by senior GPs and experienced counsellors trained in doctors’ health.
  
Doctors' Health Services
 
NSW & ACT 02 9437 6552
VIC 03 9280 8712
TAS 1800 991 997
SA & NT 08 8366 0250
QLD 07 3833 4352
WA 08 9321 3098
 
Other resources are available at drs4drs - Getting Help.

Please call MIGA on 1800 777 156 if we can help in any way. We are here to support and advise you, including for emergencies at any time.
 
With our heartfelt thanks and best wishes.

Dr Andrew Pesce                            
Chairman

Dr Roger Sexton              
Deputy Chairman

Ms Mandy Anderson
CEO & Managing Director
 

Insurance policies are issued by Medical Insurance Australia Pty Ltd.  MIGA has not taken into account your personal objectives or situation.  Before you make any decisions about our policies, please review the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (which can be found here) and consider your own needs.