A note from Thrive Symposium organiser, Dr Amy Imms
In my work, I see people struggling every day with high demands, the uncertainty and isolation of COVID, supervising kids learning from home, responding to workplace bullying, and a plethora of other pressures. I see people feeling overwhelmed and not coping, hesitant to reach out for help and unsure what they can actually do about it. And I want to do something to help.
I've been a doctor for 13 years, and working with burnout for 5 years. In that time, I have met so many amazing people with valuable expertise and contributions when it comes to preventing and managing burnout. With burnout on the rise since COVID began, I wanted to gather together this wealth of experience and wisdom and share it with those who need it most.
I hope Thrive Symposium is a time of self-discovery, clarity, learning, hope. I hope it is a turning point, prompting personal action and encouraging people to seek any support they may need moving forward.
I look forward to seeing you throughout the symposium!
2021 presentation topics to support your journey of preventing, acknowledging, or recovering from burnout…
*Note this is a draft schedule and is subject to change
Founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, National R U OK? Day Ambassador.
As the founder of Tasmanian based organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, Mitch’s journey to raise awareness of suicide prevention and reduce the stigma around mental health began after his younger brother Ty took his own life in 2013. Mitch, the 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year and National R U OK? Day Ambassador has had a remarkable journey transitioning from an everyday tradie into a well respected and purpose-driven public speaker. Mitch leads with an extraordinary vision for change, courageously harnessing his lived experience of loss to encourage our community to speak up about their mental health and take action. All through the important message of sparking conversations. mitchmcpherson.com.au
Dr Polly McGee
Breathwork Facilitator, certified Dare To Lead Facilitator, Principal Therapist, Anima Mundi Therapy, and author of ‘The Good Hustle: Creating a Happy, Healthy Business with Heart’
Dr Polly McGee is an author, leadership facilitator and all-purpose human being. One of only 400 people selected globally to be trained by Dr Brené Brown for her Dare to Lead certified program, Polly delivers trauma-informed leadership and therapy at the intersection of neuroscience, transpersonal psychology and personal narrative. Polly has a PhD in gender, narrative and identity and is completing a Masters in Counselling, focussing on trauma. pollymcgee.com
Dr Emily Amos
Dr Emily Amos is a GP and Board Certified Lactation Consultant who knows first hand what burn out feels like. Despite “doing everything right” and even teaching mindfulness herself, she still faced her own journey through burn out in 2019. Now a qualified yoga and meditation teacher, she loves weaving together not only her training in western medicine but also yoga and breath work into her own teaching around authentic & holistic self care, to help others to not only master mindfulness but to live a more mindful life. You can find out more via her website www.dremilyamos.com
Founder of Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd
Penny Terry helps people see and share their impact through storytelling. She knows good stories are the quickest and most effective way to make people care about who you are, what you do and why it’s important. She’s spent more than a decade as an ABC radio presenter, broadcasting upwards of 20,000 stories from diverse perspectives and knows what makes people pay attention, listen and act. Penny has a real knack for helping people feel heard, allowing them to confidently share their perspectives, stories and experiences in a way that makes others take notice. In 2016, Penny co-founded ‘for- purpose’ business Healthy Tasmania with her sister Lucy Byrne and together they work with a range of partners to solve community-based problems. Penny spends her time helping people and organisations share their impact in ways that will be heard, remembered and retold; creating a willing tribe of advocates as they go. healthytasmania.com.au
Dr Kate Gregorevic
Geriatrician, internal medicine physician, author of ‘Staying Alive’.
Kate is a geriatrician and internal medicine physician, and a Mum of 3. She works in hospital medicine and community settings, and also has a PhD looking at the impact of positive psychosocial factors in the development of frailty in older adults. Lifestyle medicine is a core feature of Kate’s clinical practice, and nutrition, exercise and sleep are integral to developing plans to optimise her patients’ health. Her approach goes beyond physical, to working with people to identify their own priorities and values. In 2020 Kate published her first book titled “Staying Alive” that explores the science of living healthier, happier, and longer. https://www.drkategregorevic.com/
Dr Mat Daniel
MMEd PhD MAC FRCS
Mat is a consultant Children’s Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon in the NHS, a medical educator, and a coach specialising in helping doctors have successful and thriving careers. His healthcare career spans 28 years. He has a PhD, a Masters in Medical Education, and is a qualified coach. He has been a Training Programme Director and assessor at national selection, and is currently a clinical supervisor, appraiser, and the undergraduate ENT lead at his local University. He undertakes research, collaborates with private sector, and edits for a medical journal. He has been awarded research grants, won prizes, and been nominated in recognition of his leadership. His clinical practice is devoted to the care of children with ENT problems, whilst his non-clinical work is a series of small steps aligned with a life-mission to make the world a better place.
Dr Ashe Coxon
General Practitioner, career counsellor, founder of Medical Career Planning.
Ashe started to develop an interest in career development for doctors whilst attempting to construct her career pathway in her early postgraduate training. On completion of her General Practice training she began her Masters of Clinical Education and worked in medical education with GP registrars. Her passion for career development in doctors grew and she completed her career development degree with the aim of assisting doctors with their personal career journey.
Ashe has been career counselling, planning and coaching doctors for over 5 years and loves helping doctors and medical students find their ‘why’ and assisting them to create a fulfilling career. medicalcareerplanning.com.au
Dr Jocelyn Lowinger
Medical doctor, coach with masters in coaching psychology.
Jocelyn has been a doctor for more than 25 years and spent most of that time exploring counter-culture ways to be a doctor and has successfully undergone several career transitions extending from clinical work in hospitals and general practice to the non-clinical worlds of research, writing and communications, consulting and coaching.
Jocelyn’s medical background, diverse working history and extensive study of coaching psychology gives her great depth as a coach and she is uniquely placed to bring behavioural science to the unique challenges professionals face in complex clinical environments. coachgp.com.au
Dr Lucy Burns
Dr Lucy Burns is a GP and Lifestyle Medicine Physician.
Dr Olivia Ong
Physician, Author, Speaker, Founder of The Heart-Centred Doctor, author of ‘The Heart-Centredness of Medicine’
Known as the Heart-Centered Doctor, Dr Olivia Ong, is a resilience leadership consultant, life and business coach for doctors, keynote speaker, published author and established pain physician with a thriving medical practice in Melbourne, Australia. After a severe car accident in 2008 when she was told she would never walk again as a paraplegic, she began walking 2 years later, is about to write her 2nd book and runs programs helping doctors transform their lives from burnout to brilliance. www.drolivialeeong.com
Dr Jenny Brockis
Medical doctor, Lifestyle Medicine Physician, founder of Brain Fit, speaker, author of ‘Thriving Mind: how to cultivate a good life’
As a kid, my favourite tale was Kipling’s story of ‘How The Elephant Got His Trunk’. Like the
elephant, I was insatiably curious about the world. It also got me into a bit of trouble, like the
time I set the kitchen on fire during a chemistry experiment.
My curiosity led me to ask, why does our body and mind sometimes let us down?
That curiosity led to a career in medicine as a GP and Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine
Physician but I only discovered my true calling after burning out. Today as an international
speaker, best-selling author and workplace health consultant my mission is to make work, work
better by making mental wellbeing the norm and burnout redundant. Tired of seeing too many
hard-working people struggling to stay at the top of their game my goal is to educate and
inspire great places to work so we can all truly thrive. My fourth book Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life (Wiley) was published in August 2020 and when not at work you’ll find me either cuddled up with a book, hiking in nature, or experimenting in the kitchen. drjennybrockis.com
Dr Amy Imms
Founder of The Burnout Project, medical doctor, Burnout counsellor, Expressive Arts Facilitator, speaker, author of ‘Burnout: your first ten steps’
Dr Amy Imms knows all too much about burnout, being a mother of 5 and managing a busy medical career. Amy experienced burnout as a GP, and faced many challenges as she tried to access good support to recover. This experience inspired her to shift her work to focus on helping others to manage burnout so they can enjoy life and have sustainable and fulfilling careers. Amy works with individuals through counselling, programs and workshops, as well as working with workplaces and organisations to create systems and processes that prevent and manage burnout.
Life@Work National Manager with City Bible Forum
Andrew Laird is the national manager of Life@Work, an initiative of City Bible Forum, which explores how faith and work intersect. He regularly speaks with workers about burnout based on his own experience of it. He has a background in radio journalism, with degrees in media, theology, and a Master’s degree in ethics. He is the author of two books about work, including Under Pressure: How the Gospel helps us handle the pressures of work. He lives in Melbourne, is married to Carly, and has three primary school aged children. He loves road cycling (both doing it himself, and watching it).
Dr Nicole Guevara
Medical doctor, Master of science in health informatics, Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences
Nicole Guevara is the author of Breakaway: The International Medical Graduate’s Guide to Alternative Careers, a thoroughly researched, comprehensive book that will give you an edge and guide you to a fulfilling career. Nicole is an experienced health professional with over 12 years of hands-on management experience including operational, technological, and clinical aspects of health care.
Nicole believes in the power of optimism grounded in actionable strategies. At 30 years old, she broke away from her medical path and shifted through multiple career paths. At 35 years old, she had her breakthrough career moment when she joined the largest FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in Florida, USA as Director of Performance Outcomes for 15 health centers and over 80 multi-specialty clinicians. Currently, she works as a Senior Healthcare Consultant serving large scale healthcare organizations globally.
Dr Josephine Braid
Medical Career Coach, Rehabilitation Physician, Senior Lecturer at CSU Medical School.
Dr Tim Dewhurst
MBBS (Uni Melb), FACRRM, MMH (Psychotherapy)
Dr Dewhurst graduated in the 1970’s and trained as a rural doc, working around Victoria for 10 years and spent a year in Aboriginal Health in Tennant Creek. He then spent 5 years training in specialist psychiatry before spending nearly 20 years in Cairns where he completed a Master of Mental Health in Psychotherapy. In 2018, he spent 2 years as MD of the Victorian Doctors Health Program. Since Covid began, he has worked as a rural locum in Victoria as well as Telehealth support when home. He remains passionate about supporting doctors and working with mental health support in the community.
Dr Lachlan Fieldhouse
GP, medical educator, special interest in mental health
Dr Lachlan Fieldhouse is a specialist General Practitioner who has worked in Australian and New Zealand contexts in remote, rural and urban settings. He has also had a career in Medical Education involving GP Supervision, RTO Director of Training responsibilities, RACGP National Clinical Lead (Transition/Innovation/
Dr Anthony Llewellyn
Medical Doctor, Management Consultant, Coach and Educator, Managing director and co-founder of AdvanceMed
Anthony is the Managing Director and the face of AdvanceMed and the Career Doctor YouTube Channel. A Consultant Psychiatrist with extensive medical education and medical human resources experience, Anthony has served over 12 years in various Managerial and Directorial roles, including 4 years as the Medical Director of the Health Education & Training Institute Anthony is an expert in Medical HR. He has reviewed numerous CVs, chaired and conducted over a thousand job interviews and provided advice to a number of employers and Colleges about selection processes. Each year Anthony helps over 1,000 doctors with various medical career challenges, including clocking up over 700 coaching hours per year. Anthony is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine. advancemed.com.au
Now, more than ever we need support with our ability to cope. To deal with the constant Cognitive Fog and the feeling of Groundhog Day that we kept getting told is the new ‘norm’. The Stress Science team are here to let you know this is not acceptable and we need to build up a higher set of skills to battle the risk of burnout. Using the latest in monitoring technology the Stress Science deliverables are built around gold standard research and non-invasive markers to map the stress state of you, your team and your organisation. Using a blend of quantitative and qualitative measures and our Accelerated Stress Mastery program we can unlock the missing piece from the puzzle so you can delivery your best self and your best work.
Dr Robyn Miller
Medical doctor, Director of The Mental Load Project
Robyn Miller is an Australian medical doctor working in Northern Australia. Upon returning to work after maternity leave, Robyn, like many women, experienced the struggles of the “mental load”. When she couldn’t find any strategies to effectively “off-load” half of this invisible labour to her partner, Robyn drew upon her own skills and experience in neuroscience and organizational management to develop her own, unique approach. In 2019, she founded The Mental Load Project to help other women to recognize and rebalance the mental load in their relationships. She has since taught her strategy to dozens of women internationally. If you’re curious about finding out more, sign up to her free masterclass at mentalloadproject.com/masterclass
Dr Katya Miles
GP and Occupational Health Doctor turned Wellbeing Trainer, Careers and Executive Coach.
Katya is a GP and Occupational Health Doctor turned Wellbeing Trainer, Careers and Executive Coach. Having journeyed through Burnout, she resolved to empower GPs and Caring Professionals to Thrive in Work They Love. This passion drove her to set up The Working Well Doctor where she uses her clinical and academic expertise, along with her personal experience, to deliver inspiring coaching and training programmes for Overstretched Professionals Who Juggle. She has worked at the Mayo Clinic, USA & in the UK as a GP for both civilians & the Armed Forces; as well as in Occupational Health. She currently works across several roles alongside the Working Well Doctor. She is Head of Training at Joyful Doctor and a Shapes Toolkit Facilitator. She loves a good natter on a podcast & writes for the BMJ & Medic Footprints and is often found sharing ideas in her regular Thrive Well emails.
Dr Louise Stone
GP with special interest in mental health, clinical Associate Professor at ANU
Louise Stone is a Canberra GP with clinical, research, teaching and policy expertise in mental health. She is currently conducting research into how young people, particularly marginalised young people, travel around the complex and fragmented mental health system in the ACT. She also teaches medical students in the Social Foundations of Medicine unit at the ANU medical school, and runs courses in the Masters of Culture Health and Medicine degree at ANU. In the past, she has led Masters degrees in mental health for GPs and psychiatrists and led GP training as its Senior Medical Advisor for 8 years. Louise is leading the editorial team in a book on the international experience of sexual harms of doctors by doctors and has a long-standing interest in doctors’ health. She has a ludicrous list of degrees, and is always happy to chat about the value of Masters degrees, including the fact that she has three of her own, and is slightly bemused as to why. Her clinical practice is focussed on complex mental health, and she also works in a youth health service. She has three daughters and a very spoiled therapy cat.
Dr Hilton Koppe
General Practitioner, Creative writing workshop facilitator
Hilton is a general practitioner/family physician in Lennox Head, a small village in the NSW Northern Rivers region on Australia’s east coast.
He has been a country doctor since 1988, and have combined medical practice with teaching medical students, doctors-in-training and experienced clinicians.
In recent years, he has developed creative writing programs that bridge the gap between cold science and the lived human experience. These workshops have helped patients coming to terms with medical issues, and medical professionals struggling to re-find the human at their centre.
Dr Zewlan Moor
General Practitioner, Founder of Byron Bibliotherapy
I started Byron Bibliotherapy after feedback from patients who found it helpful when I recommended specific fiction works to them. This practice came out of my background as a GP with multiple interests, mainly related to literature, literacy and reading. Like many of you, I’ve found solace in books during difficult periods of my life. And as a GP, I’ve found reading to be useful for many of my patients as well. I really believe that for many people, the right book at the right time can provide guidance, advice and support. It’s been an interesting path to get here. During my Medical degree at the University of New South Wales, I also decided to study literature. I am still a passionate reader and writer – and I love to share the comfort and joy of reading with others. I have shared it with friends and book club, and while volunteering at the Byron Writers’ Festival. And now I can share it with my clients through Byron Bibliotherapy. byronbibliotherapy.com