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Type: Webinar
3 Feb, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (AEDT)


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Rural Health Webinar Series - Walking the Walk: Reducing Burnout and Improving Wellbeing for Rural GPs

Webinar 3 Feb, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (AEDT)

Burnout is described as experiencing feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, cynicism related to one's job and reduced professional efficacy. It occurs when there is a mismatch between the workload and the resources needed to do the work in a meaningful way. Over 32% of GPs and almost 40% of doctors working in rural and remote areas experience high levels of emotional exhaustion.

In this instalment we will consider the systems issues that underpin this phenomenon, but there are things we can do individuals and as workplace teams to care for ourselves and each other. As GPs we talk to patients about strategies to manage stress and improve wellbeing every day. Yet instituting these strategies in our own lives is much more difficult. In this webinar we will explore the barriers to instituting healthy work and life habits in the context of GP enculturation and workload. We consider opportunities and resources to help us overcome these barriers and improve our wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify risk factors and signs of burnout in self and others
  2. Apply strategies to reduce burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance
  3. Develop a plan to improve resilience
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of Rural Health Webinar Series. Events in this series are:


Dr Jenni Parsons
Rural GP

Jenni Parsons has worked as a rural GP for most of her professional life and has a longstanding passion for doctors’ health and wellbeing. Her other professional interests are in mental health, medical education and medical writing. She has managed to maintain her enthusiasm for the challenges, rewards and delights of general practice by implementing diversity in her professional life, ensuring restorative time in the natural environment and with friends and family, finding time for non-medical interests and seeking out opportunities for peer support.

Emily Gillmartin
Mental Health Social Worker

Emily Gillmartin brings energy and infectious enthusiasm to the pursuit of wellbeing for health professionals. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a passion for supervision, and theory in practice. Whilst she balances a successful private practice, and EAP work, Emily has developed a Wellbeing Supervision program, blending work from Craig Hassed’s Essence of Health, and structured Critical Reflective Practice to support general practitioners face the many challenges they find in their work, and in remaining well themselves. She also delivers group based Critical Reflective Practice and individual Wellbeing Supervision to practitioners in her region. “Emily’s group work provides a unique opportunity for our clinical team to come together in a non-judgmental and safe space to reflect on the challenges of our work, and the meaning behind our struggles. Her incisive guidance provides a decompression and structured exploration of common difficulties and triumphs.” Dr Ami Thies and Dr Campbell McKellar, Middle Island Medical Clinic



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