Wellbeing at Work

See below for event dates and locations

Program background

Did you know that junior doctors experience significantly higher rates of burnout, depression and anxiety than the general population?

As a profession, it’s our responsibility to ensure doctors have the appropriate support, throughout their careers, to deal with the challenges of the medical profession. It is with this in mind that AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training researched and developed Wellbeing at Work (formerly Resilience on the Run) – a first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at equipping young doctors with the resilience and coping skills needed to survive and thrive in medicine.

Resilience on the Run was piloted at Rockhampton Base Hospital in October 2015 and received considerable positive feedback. Hospital administration and interns found the program so helpful that they asked for it to be rolled out again.

Presented by wellbeing expert Dr Ira van der Steenstraten, the Wellbeing at Work program focuses on developing techniques for resilience and mindfulness, better managing interpersonal relationships, navigating difficult scenarios on the job and practical steps for asking for help. Following delivery of the pilot program in 2016, Metro South Health engaged AMA Queensland to deliver the program for 140 interns across Princess Alexandra, Logan and Redlands Hospitals to overwhelmingly positive feedback. By August 2017, close to 370 interns had completed the program including delivery at Gold Coast University, Ipswich and Mackay Hospitals.

In 2017, Queensland Health announced that funding had been allocated in the State Budget to deliver programs to support mental health, increase resilience and promote wellbeing amongst the medical workforce. The first phase of funding has been allocated to engage AMA Queensland to deliver Wellbeing at Work (formerly Resilience on the Run) to all medical interns from 2017-2019. Queensland Health has now extended the funding for AMA Queensland to deliver Wellbeing at Work to all Queensland medical interns from 2020 - 2021.

In 2018, AMA Queensland won the 2018 Best Public Health Initiative Award for the Resilience on the Run program delivered to all Queensland medical interns.

Program format and delivery mode

The program can be delivered as a customisable, face-to-face, two-part or three-part workshop series. Each session is 1.5 hours in length and topics include:

  • Strategies for personal empowerment;
  • Developing mindful communication techniques for more effective engagement with others;
  • Skills for managing challenging scenarios in the workplace;
  • An evidence based introduction of Mindfulness and how it can improve well-being in the workplace;
  • Strategies for dealing with Burnout and Compassion Fatigue; and
  • Practical tips on getting help.

For all Wellbeing at Work enquires, contact Lisa O'Donnell or Renee O’Brien at AMA Queensland on (07) 3872 2222 or email wellbeing@amaq.com.au

2021 Dates

June

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Toowoomba Wednesday 2 June 1pm – 2.30pm Group A, Session 1 Jeff Prebble Lecture Theatre
Cairns Thursday 3 June 12pm – 1pm Session 1 Auditorium Level 2 A Block
Toowoomba Wednesday 9 June 1pm – 2.30pm Group A, Session 2 Jeff Prebble Lecture Theatre
Cairns Thursday 10 June 12pm – 1pm Session 2 Auditorium Level 2 A Block
Logan Thursday 17 June 12pm – 1.30pm Group A, Session 2 Doctor’s Common Room (Adjacent to the Medical Education Unit)
Building 1, Level 2, Logan Hospital.

July

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mackay Tuesday 20 July 12.30pm – 2pm Session 1 K block ground floor, Brampton and Carlisle
Toowoomba Wednesday 21 July 1pm – 2.30pm Group B, Session 1 Jeff Prebble Lecture Theatre
Toowoomba Wednesday 28 July 1pm – 2.30pm Group B, Session 2 Jeff Prebble Lecture Theatre

August

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mackay Tuesday 3 August 12.30pm – 2pm Session 2 K Block Ground Floor, Keswick and St Bees
Logan Thursday 5 August  12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Conference Rooms 1A/B
Logan Thursday 19 August 12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Auditorium
Bundaberg Wednesday 25 August 12.15pm – 2pm Session 1 BRC-271 Meeting Room for Medical Education (Old Tourist Centre)

September

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Bundaberg Wednesday 1 September 12.15pm – 2pm Session 2 BRC-271 Meeting Room for Medical Education (Old Tourist Centre)
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 14 September 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group A, Session 1 Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 21 September 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group A, Session 2 Room 4L.2

October

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 5 October 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group B, Session 1 Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 12 October 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group B, Session 2 Room 4L.2
RBWH Thursday 14 October 12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Auditorium, Education Centre
Gold Coast Tuesday 19 October 12pm – 1.30pm Group A, Session 1 Small Lecture Theatre
RBWH Thursday 21 October 12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Auditorium, Education Centre
Gold Coast Tuesday 26 October 12pm – 1.30pm Group A, Session 2 Small Lecture Theatre

November

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Gold Coast Tuesday 9 November 12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Small Lecture Theatre
Gold Coast Tuesday 16 November 12pm – 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Small Lecture Theatre
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 23 November 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group C, Session 1 Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra Tuesday 30 November 12.15pm – 1.45pm Group C, Session 2 Room 4L.2