What happens to doctors when their lives fall apart?

Medical Benevolent Societies help doctors in their darkest hour. So how come their services aren’t used more?

Dr Julie Kidd had plenty on her mind the day a tumour blew up inside her brain.

Until that moment, the Sydney GP had lived under the assumption she would always be comfortably off — even rich — just like the rest of her profession. But the haemorrhage snatched away her earning potential as quickly as it took her ability to speak, swallow or walk outside.

“It looked like I would never go back to work, and I was paying

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