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!
Presentation topics to support your journey of preventing, acknowledging, or recovering from burnout…
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Bambi Ward
Medical doctor, PhD in creative writing
Dr Bambi Ward is a senior medical education consultant with a background in general practice, oral history and a PhD in creative writing. She has special interests in Doctor’s health, Indigenous health and using journalling and creative writing to assist in the management of burnout and trauma. She also mentors writers who are working on their memoir or family history.
Dr Ashe Coxon
MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, MClinEd, Grad Cert Career Development, AFANZAHPE, General Practitioner, career counsellor, founder of Medical Career Planning.
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.
Dr Lucy Burns
Dr Lucy Burns is a GP and Lifestyle Medicine Physician.
Life@Work National Manager
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.
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. www.drjennybrockis.com
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.
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 Kate Gregoravic
Geriatrician, internal medicine physician, author of ‘Staying Alive’.
Dr Anthony Llewellyn
Doctor, Management Consultant, Coach and Educator, Board Member and Deputy Chair, Managing director and co-founder of AdvanceMed
Dr Tim Dewhurst
MBBS (Uni Melb), FACRRM, MMH (Psychotherapy)
Dr Louise Stone
GP with special interest in mental health, clinical Associate Professor at ANU