Personal Health & Wellness


Health & Wellness

In addition to negotiating the Collective Agreement and improving working conditions, PARNL also works to improve the well-being of its members. One area of major focus for PARNL is physician wellness.

Every year PARNL develops a wellness strategy to promote resident wellness issues. One of the primary areas that PARNL is focusing its attention on is ensuring that Residents are not overworked.

Because Residents are very busy and often aren’t able to participate in community events outside of work hours, PARNL also plans social and family events to help Residents unwind and get to know one another.

To help you stay active, PARNL members have access to The Works on MUN campus, which includes the Aquarena, Field House and MUN Recreational Facilities. You are also included in a group gym membership for the YMCA in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. Please show your MUN ID for access.

PARNL is also available to help Residents who are experiencing personal or academic difficulties and in the past have sought legal and professional advice for individual Residents.

inConfidence Employee and Family Assistance Program

As members of the NLMA, Residents can also access the inConfidence Employee and Family Assistance Program, a confidential service available to physicians to deal with personal problems that may require assistance or intervention. Referrals may be self-referrals, from concerned colleagues or from family members.

The program provides skilled and highly-trained counsellors available to members and their immediate family.

Bilingual services are available toll-free 24 hours a day.

To learn more about services available and/or access services, please call 1-877-418-2181 or go online at

Common problems may include: • Emotional well-being • Burnout • Financial problems • Marital or family difficulties • Depression • Inappropriate use of alcohol or other drugs

National Resident Awareness Day

Resident Awareness Day is an annual event that is coordinated nationally among housestaff organizations in almost every province across Canada. Each year, more than 10,000 Canadian medical residents and approximately 270 from Memorial University, celebrate National Resident Awareness Day, which honours the complex role that residents play in the delivery of health care as students, educators and clinicians.