A healthy focus on self-care is an essential component of good, enjoyable and sustainable clinical practice.
Led by Dr Caroline West (GP) and A/Prof John Stevens (RN), the immersive Border to Bay eduventure will explore the Lifestyle Medicine needed to ensure you are best equipped to care for others. Take part in this interactive and informative workshop to gain new tools for sustainable self-care, all while taking in the stunning sights of eastern Australia.
Specifically, participation in this program will equip you with new ways of thinking, behaving and responding to the demands of a busy life, strategies for sustainable self-care, tools to maintain an effective support network, and much more! Participants will walk approximately 65kms over three relaxing days, from the New South Wales border to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Relevance to General Practice
Addressing issues around Health Professional Wellbeing has never been more timely. A 2013 Beyond Blue survey of 14,000 Australian doctors and medical students has shown they suffer with greater levels of psychological distress, burnout and even suicidal thoughts than the general population.
In theory doctors and health professionals should be amongst the healthiest people on the planet. After all they have access to the latest medical information and wisdom and are experts at providing health advice to others .While it is true that many health professionals have better than average physical health ( with lower smoking rates for example ) they do not always fare so well on the mental health front. Many report high levels of stress, burnout and emotional difficulties. This not only affects their own quality of life, but it also has a profound knock on effect in terms of their personal and professional lives.
- Identify the factors that contribute to, and alleviate burnout, and recognise when burnout is present.
- Develop strategies for self care that include options of where to turn to if help with burnout or mental health is needed.
- Implement lifestyle frameworks to support work/life balance and avoid burn out.
- Create a systems-based task and time management matrix to reduce fatigue related error and improve patient safety.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Doctor's health
- Psychological health