Wellbeing at Work (formally Resilience on the Run)

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 (formally 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 (formally Resilience on the Run) to all medical interns from 2017-2019.

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:

  • an introduction to mindfulness and how it can improve well-bring and resilience for doctors in training;
  • developing mindful communication techniques for more effective engagement with others;
  • strategies for dealing with burnout and compassion fatigue;
  • skills for managing challenging scenarios in the workplace e.g. caring for the dying patient or dealing with adverse feedback from a supervisor;
  • practical tips on getting help.

For all Wellbeing at Work enquires, contact Lisa O'Donnell or Jennifer Burgess at AMA Queensland on (07) 3872 2222 or email resilience@amaq.com.au

2019 Dates

Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Ipswich 7 February 11am - 12.30pm Group A, Session 1 Jubilee Building, Tutorial Rooms
Townsville 12 February 1pm - 2.30pm Group A, Session 1 TBC
Townsville 13 February 12.30pm - 2pm Group B, Session 1 TBC
Ipswich 14 February 11am - 12.30pm Group B, Session 1 Jubilee Building, Tutorial Rooms
Townsville 19 February 1pm - 2.30pm Group A, Session 2 TBC
Townsville 20 February 12.30pm - 2pm Group B, Session 2 TBC
Ipswich 21 February 11am - 12.30pm Group A, Session 2 Jubilee Building, Tutorial Rooms
Ipswich 28 February 11am - 12.30pm Group B, Session 2 Jubilee Building, Tutorial Rooms
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mount Isa 6 March 1pm - 2.30pm Session 1 MICRRH
Mount Isa 13 March 1pm - 2.30pm Session 2 MICRRH
Hervey Bay 19 March 1pm - 2.30pm Session 1 Medical Education Demountable
Mackay 26 March 1pm - 2.30pm Session 1 Brampton (ground floor, K Block - Education and Research Building
Toowoomba 27 March 1pm - 2.30pm Group A, Session 1 Freshney House, Suite 2
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mackay 2 April 1pm - 2:30pm Session 2 Brampton (Ground floor K block - Education and Research Building)
Toowoomba 3 April 1pm - 2.30pm Group A, Session 2 Freshney House, Suite 2
Redcliffe 16 April 12noon - 1.30pm Session 1 TBC
Hervey Bay 23 April 1pm - 2.30pm Session 2 Medical Education Demountable
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mater 2 May 12.30pm - 2pm Session 1 Mater Medical Study Space, Level 4, Duncombe Building
Redcliffe 7 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 2 Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre Seminar & Lecture Rooms
Cairns 9 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 1 Level 4, A block
Prince Charles 10 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 1 Education Centre, Room 6 & 7
Redland 14 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 1 Conference Room 2
Cairns 16 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 2 Room 10, Level 4, A block
Prince Charles 17 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 2 Education Centre, Rooms 6 & 7
Redland 21 May  12noon - 1.30pm Session 2 Conference room 2
Logan 24 May 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 1 Auditorium
Toowoomba 29 May 1pm - 2.30pm Group B, Session 1 Freshney House, Suite 2
Rockhampton 30 May 12noon - 1.30pm Session 1 Medical Education Unit, Tutorial Room 2
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Toowoomba 5 June 1pm - 2.30pm Group B, Session 2 Freshney House, Suite 2
Logan 7 June 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 2 Auditorium
Sunshine Coast 11 June 12noon - 3pm Group A, Sessions 1 & 2 SCHI Room TBC
Rockhampton 14 June 12noon - 1.30pm Session 2 Medical Education Unit, Tutorial Room 2
Mater 20 June 12.30pm - 2pm Session 2 Mater Medical Study Space, Level 4, Duncombe Building
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
RBWH 8 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 1 TBC
Caboolture 9 August 11.45am - 1.15pm Session 1 Education and Skills Centre
Bundaberg 14 August 12.30pm - 2pm Session 1 Medical Education Unit
RBHW 15 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 2 TBC
Logan 16 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Auditorium
Sunshine Coast 20 August 12noon - 3pm Group B, Sessions 1 & 2 SCHI Room TBC
Logan 23 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Auditorium
Caboolture 30 August 11.45pm - 1.15pm Session 2 Education and Skills Centre
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Bundaberg 4 September 12.30pm - 2pm Session 2 Medical Education Unit
Gold Coast Hospital 10 September 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 1 Education Building
Gold Coast Hospital 17 September 12noon - 1.30pm Group A, Session 2 Education Building
RBWH 19 September 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Location TBC
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
RBWH 3 October 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Location TBC
Gold Coast Hospital 8 October 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Education Building
Princess Alexandra 15 October 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group A, Session 1 Auditorium
Princess Alexandra 22 October 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group A, Session 2 Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra 29 October 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group B, Session 1 Room 4L.2
Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Princess Alexandra 5 November 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group B, Session 2 Room 4L.2
Gold Coast Hospital 12 November 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Education Building
Princess Alexandra 19 November 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group C, Session 1 Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra 26 November 12.45pm - 1.45pm Group C, Session 2 Room 4L.2