Opening Plenary

Dr Stephen Parnis, Senior Emergency Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne; Director, MIGA Board

Dr Geoff Toogood, Cardiologist, Founder CrazySocks4Docs Foundation

Chair of Session – Dr Bronwyn Carson, GP & Medical Director, Doctor’ Health NT


  • Dr Chris Clohesy, Remote/Rural Generalist NT
  • Dr Rhys Harding, Remote/Rural Generalist NT and Antarctica
  • Dr Carrie Anne McKenzie, Remote/Rural Generalist NT/SA

Dr Carrie-Anne McKenzie’s presentation is not included at her request

Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner

Day 2 - Streams

Chair, A/Professor Helen Wilcox, Medical Director, Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, Western Australia

  • Dr Jasmina Kevric, Surgical trainee, researcher in infertility & pregnancy doctors - “Having it all? A survey of mothers in medicine and experiences of infertility, pregnancy and parenthood”
  • Mr Shaun Prentice, BPsychSc (Hons) Assoc MAPS Research focuses on burnout and wellbeing in doctors – “Understanding how to promote and sustain general practice supervisors wellbeing
  • Dr Fiona Moir, MBChB, MRCGP, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Auckland Medical Programme; Director, Connect Communications. Dr Renske van der Brink, MBChB, FRNZCGP DipCouns, PGDipMindBody Healthcare, Private Psychotherapist, Director Connect Communications – “Breaking out of the cycle of Anxiety and Self-Criticism”

Chair, Dr Edwin Whiteside, Occupational Physician & Doctors’ Health New Zealand Medical Director

  • Dr Amy Pascoe, PhD - “Mental health symptoms in Australian General Practitioners during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Dr Bethan Richards, Appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer, Head of Department of Rheumatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney – “Establishing routine measurement of medical officer wellbeing in a large healthcare organisation – the MDOK experience”
  • Dr Margaret Kay, AM, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FRACGP, Dip RACOG, GAICD & Dr Cathy Lee, MBBS, FRACGP, GradCertMedEd – “Exploring the teachings and learning of doctors’ health in Australian General Practice Training”
  • Dr Anand Rajan, Specialist Anaesthetist, Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Member of the RPAH Anaesthetic Wellbeing Team – “Practical Wellbeing in Hospitals – The #TheatreToastie Project”

Chair, Dr Anne Sved Williams, Psychiatrist & Board Member, Doctors’ Health SA

  • Dr Rachel Gibbons, MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych, M.Inst.Psychoanal Memb.Inst. GA – “My Fatal Mistake – Guilt blame and the role of clinician in patient suicide”
  • Dr Anne Sved Williams, on behalf Professor Marie Bismark, MBChB LLB MBHL MPH MPsych MD FAFPHM FAICD – “Thoughts Of Suicide Of Self-Harm Among Australian Healthcare Workers During The Covid-19 Pandemic”
  • Dr Maddison Cavaiuolo, Senior psychiatry registrar, advanced training in child & adolescent psychiatry, Women’s & Childrens’ Local Health Network – “The rate of burnout in Junior Doctors working in psychiatry the impact on self-compassion on this relationship”
  • Dr Rachel Gibbons, MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych, M.Inst.Psychoanal Memb.Inst. GA – “Confronting the ‘truth’ about suicide and challenging the myths”

Day 2 - Closing Plenary

Keynote – Ms Sharee Johnson, Psychologist and Executive Coach

Special Presentation – Winner of the Literary Prize Award – Doctors sharing personal experiences

Chair, Dr Anne Sved Williams

Presentation by Award Winner, Dr Claire Denness, MBChB (Hons), Leicester University; FRACGP; Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME) MBChB (Hons), Leicester University; FRACGP; Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME)