Opening Plenary

Dr Tait Shanafelt, MD, Director of the Stanford WellMD Center, Chief Wellness Officer for Stanford Medicine, Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine, California – view more about Dr Shanafelt here.

Dr Margaret Kay, AM, MBBS (Hons) PhD, FRACGP, DipRACOG, GAICD 

Day 1 - Morning Streams

Chair, Dr Hilton Koppe, GP, Educator & Author

Presentations by:

  • Dr Isabella White MBBS – “Strength through connections: Australian General Practice Registrars’ Experiences of Training, Wellbeing & Support During COVID19” 
  • Dr Shan Richards, Program Manager MDOK, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney – “Art in Medicine: Covid, Connection & Your Creative Brain”
  • Dr Maria Gardiner, MPsych (Clinical) PhD Co-Director, ThinkWell – “A positive approach to retaining rural GPs – The Rural Retreats”
  • Dr Sarah Michael, MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Adult Psych, MHM MPH; Dr Andrew Coulshed, BMed MD – “Who’s your GP? A user-lead intervention to increase the proportion of doctors in training with a regular GP”

Chair, Dr Tash Bullock, Board Member, Doctors’ Health SA

Presentations by:

  • Dr Maura Kenny, MBCHB, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Director Staff Wellbeing, Central Adelaide Local Health Service (CALHN) – “Staff Wellbeing Committees – the importance of partnerships”
  • Dr Bethan Richards, Appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer, Head of Department of Rheumatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney – “MDOK 2.0 – A successful framework for addressing medical staff wellbeing in a large Australian public healthcare organisation”
  • Dr Sandhya Limaye, MBBS (Hons), PhD FRACP, FRCPA, Staff Specialist Immunologist, Concord Hospital, Director of Wellbeing, MDOK team, Sydney Local Health District – “Lessons learned from introducing a wellbeing program from one district tertiary hospital to another
  • Dr Cheryl Martin, MBChB BSc Med Sci (Sports Medicine), FACEM – “How to establish a CWO (Chief Wellness Officer) role in Australia”

Chair, Dr Jill Benson, AM, GP for doctors, Doctors’ Health SA & NT

Presentations by:

  • Mr Shaun Prentice, BPsychSc (Hons) Assoc MAPS Research focuses on burnout and wellbeing in doctors; Mrs Kiara Cannizzaro, DBBM, Program Manager, Doctors’ Health SA & NT – “Physical & Mental Health Assessments for Trainee Doctors”
  • Doctors’ Health Services around Australia – “Overcoming Barriers, Changing Lives”
  • Panel discussion with each Medical Director from every State and Territory – supporting doctors and medical students health and wellbeing

Day 1 - Afternoon Streams

Chair, Dr Roger Sexton, Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

“Regulation in Need of Therapy: Qualitative analysis of the experience of unwell doctors subject to medical board sanctions”


“Naming, Blaming & Shaming: Balancing open justice with the rehabilitation of impaired medical practitioners”

Presentation by - Dr Owen Bradfield, MBBS(Hon), BMedSc(Hons), LLB, MBA, FRACGP, University of Melbourne and Chief Medical Officer, MIPS

“Medical Board changes – helping or hindering doctors’ health”

Presentation by - Cheryl McDonald, National Manager, Legal Services, MIGA

“Understanding and reducing distress in doctors involved in a regulatory process with Ahpra”

Presentation by – Dr Anne Tonkin, Chair, Medical Board of Australia & Ms Susan Biggar, National Manager, Regulatory Experience and Engagement, Medical Board of Australia

Chair, Dr Patrick Johnson, Medical Director, Victorian Doctors Health Program

Presentations by:

  • Dr Emer Ryan, MB ChB, BAO, MPH, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Fellow, Auckland City Hospital – “The relationship process between physician burnout and depression, anxiety, suicidality and substance abuse: mixed methods systemic review”
  • Dr Kathryn Hutt, MBBS, BSc(Med), MPH, MA (Applied Ethics), Medical Director, Doctors’ Health NSW for Dr Myles Gutkin, FRANZCP MPsych, MB BCh, BAO – “Reflective groups for the reduction of burnout in junior doctors”
  • Ms Sharee Johnson, MAPS, BBSc Grad Dip App Psych Grad Dip HR – “The impact of personal development work on a doctor’s professional capacity”
  • Dr Hilton Koppe, Author ‘One Curious Doctor’, Medical Educator – “Healing with Words”
  • Dr Les Koopowitz, Psychiatrist – “Culling a private practice: Patient responses to being ‘retired’”

Chair, Dr Michelle Atchison, President AMA(SA)

Presentations by:

  • Dr Moneisha McKenzie, Director of Physical Wellbeing for the WellMD Centre, Sydney Local Health District – “Fuelling performance – a multi-faceted organisational approach to improving nutrition & hydration in medical staff”
  • Dr Roseanna Hunter, BBMED, MD – “The workplace and psychosocial experiences of Australian Junior doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Dr Amy Pascoe, PhD – “Differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health symptoms and working conditions for senior and junior doctors in Australian hospitals”
  • Dr Belinda Lunnay, Post-doctoral Social and Health Sciences Researcher, Torrens University Australia – “Workplace impacts on Australian doctors’ mental health”

Miss Jasmine Davis, B(Biomedicine), President Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), at the time of presentation studying Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health, University of Melbourne – “Humanising mental illness in medical school”

  • Dr Cian Tuohy, former Wellbeing Officer & incoming President, Association of Psychiatry Trainees, SA – “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trainees in South Australia and trainee-led initiatives to maintain wellbeing”

Chair, Dr Alexandra Muthu, Interim Clinical Lead Te What Ora; Occupational & Environmental Physician

Presentations by:

  • Miss Britt Suann, Medical Student, University of Western Australia & Associate Professor Helen Wilcox, MBBS(Hons), MClinRes, FRACGP, Medical Director Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Western Australia – “Social Factors: Using social media strategies to increase awareness of doctors’ health services”
  • Dr Fiona Moir, MBChB, MRCGP, PhD Senior Lecturer, Auckland Medical Programme; Director, Connect Communications – “Hotspots: Outcomes & lessons after 3 years of an initiative to identify & act on bullying, harassment & discrimination in the Auckland Medical Programme”
  • Dr Ira Van Der Steenstratten, MD & Life Coach CReC – “Lessons learnt from an innovative wellbeing program from Queensland interns”
  • Dr Prue McEvoy, MBBS, FRANZCP Dip Psychotherapy – “Driving the wellbeing agenda: Turning words into action”
  • Dr Phoebe Holdenson Kimura, GP, Medical Educator, Lecturer, Black Dog Institute & Dr Jan Orman, GP Services Consultant, Black Dog Institute – “Exploring TEN: The essential network for health professionals”
  • Mr Shaun Prentice, BPsychSc (Hons) Assoc MAPS Research focuses on burnout and wellbeing in doctors – “Finding meaning through diversity – A national survey of Australian General Practitioners”

Day 1 - Closing Plenary

Chair, Dr Roger Sexton, Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

“The role of open access online resources for promoting junior doctor wellbeing; experience from” 

  • Presented by Dr Eloise Sobels, MD(Sydney), BMSc (Hons), Social Media Director for 

“Health Care worker experiences of peer support during COVID-19  - Peer Support for Health Workers Hand’n’Hand”

  • Presented by Dr Erica Musgrove, BBMED, MD, junior doctor at Western Health Melbourne

“You Can’t Do It All”

  • Mr Hugh Kearns, Educator/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist; Co-Director, Thinkwell which specialises in working with high performing individuals such as researchers, academics and doctors

Chair, Dr Roger Sexton, Australasian Doctors’ Health Network

Keynote – Dr Helen Garr, Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health (UK) – presentation on the national doctors’ health services in the UK.