I have done lots of different things including work as a therapist, a manager in a not for profit community welfare organisation and as a facilitator of leadership and mindfulness programs. I also coach Corporate Executives, small business owners and other health professionals. Coaching Doctors is where the rubber really hits the road for me. There are two things that have drawn me to coaching Doctors.
1. I believe that prevention is better than a cure.
Doctors are essential to most people’s wellbeing. We all need Doctors to maintain our health. Doctors by the nature of their work are under enormous pressure leading to higher rates than the general community of suicide, depression, substance abuse and burnout (per BeyondBlue’s National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students). I am best able to support Doctors by working with them to stay well. Coaching can empower and energise people. Coaching is a process that supports, empowers and clarifies our thinking. I work as a Coach with Doctors to help them proactively respond to their work and their lives so that Doctors can be inspired and well people.
2. There is a knock on effect to patient health outcomes
Doctors do their best work when they are well. They are more patient, more present and more kind. Research has shown that health outcomes are better for patients when doctors are well and engaged in their work. Coaching helps the doctor clarify their own meaning and to take action for their future, their own health and their patients’ health. When doctors are well the health outcomes are better for everyone.
Why coach doctors? Coaching is a proactive, preventative process that allows for self discovery and effective action. Coaching can encourage personal awareness and insight, enhance skills and prevent burnout.
People are always asking me how I came to coach doctors. Here’s a more long winded explanation!The Long Winded Version