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Coaching for Doctor wellbeing

Coaching for Doctor Wellbeing Many more doctors are now seeking coaching in Australia. COVID has made it more acceptable to talk about the needs of our healthcare providers. The number of doctors contacting me has steadily increased during 2020. Coaching is relatively new for healthcare professionals in Australia and not yet well understood. Coaching is […]

Teach the missing psychological skills and reduce burnout in healthcare

Doctors and nurses hold unique positions in our community; they witness the best and the worst of human experience every day at work. They bear witness to our arrival into the world and for many of us, our exit. In between, they are present almost every time our physical wellbeing is seriously threatened and often […]

Improving Medico Leadership Skills Can Reduce Doctor Burnout

Leadership and sustained attention from the highest level of the organisation are the keys to any doctor’s well-being according to Prof. Tait Shanafelt, the world’s first Chief Wellness Officer in health, and his Mayo Clinic colleague John Noseworthy. They published their paper in 2017 offering nine organisational strategies to promote physician engagement and reduce burnout. Here I will focus […]

Doctor Wellbeing Needs To Be A Priority!

Doctor Wellbeing Needs to Be a Priority This webinar will explore the state of play for doctor health. Benefits of good health at work and otherwise The way through COVID-19 to the other side Beyond exercise, nutrition, sleep and a holiday, what else is there? Be a workplace of choice Understanding the impact of internal […]

Self Compassion: An Antidote for Uncertainty

It’s a difficult time to be a medical professional, there’s so much uncertainty. And while the experience of uncertainty is unified, it’s not the same uncertainty for all. Some health carers are in a sort of suspended animation. The planning is done, everything is adjusted for physical distancing, you are ready, but where are the […]

What difference does trust make to doctor wellbeing?

“There is a difference between a group of people who work together and a group of people who trust each other”. – Simon Sinek Working together can largely be transactional, possibly polite and friendly, guarded and not necessarily requiring emotional connection. Many of us can work together without ever sharing much of ourselves. Health care […]

Do you need to rewrite the equations which you currently live by?

This question was asked by Joshua Rothman in his article The Art of Decision Making published in The New Yorker in January this year. I have only read it now in December as I am reflecting on the year past and planning for the one to come, 2020. As a coach of doctors I am […]

I feel fierce – how the story we tell ourselves makes a difference

At Coaching for Doctors we are intrigued by language. In our Recalibrate program we spend a lot of time in retreat understanding the story through our use of language. What does the story mean? What does the story help you to do or be, what does it hinder? The narrative we hold can help us […]

Transformational learning for doctors, so much more than a training program

Profound experience happens in Our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program groups that changes the way doctors practice medicine and personally experience their work. I am totally humbled by the trust placed in my cofacilitator Dr Elisabeth Wearne (Liz) and me, by the experience of witnessing our doctor participants’ deep learning. When Liz and I first […]

Making change requires effort in the face of resistance and effort requires clear purpose

Why do we seek change? Something inside us suggests there is something better, we seek change essentially to stop suffering, or in the pursuit of happiness (peace, contentment, wellness). So we set out to make a change, start a new habit, stop an old habit, learn more, revise an old idea, plan a different behaviour […]

Are you a doctor? Are you well?

Doctors and medical students experience more anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol misuse and suicide, at greater rates than the general population. What are we doing to turn this around?