Building Resilience in Medicine (BRIM)

This new and unique one-day program is being hosted by Doctors' Health SA throughout 2018.

The program is delivering six evidence-based workshops targeting medical students and doctors at key 'transition' stages of their medical careers.

Building a skill-set to withstand, recover and grow from the stress derived from these high-pressure careers is vital to reduce the psychological distress that can be experienced.

The BRIM program aims to effect positive and enduring changes in participant's personal and professional lives.The workshops will provide resources, tools and supports in relation to mindfulness, time management and positive psychology.

BRIM is being comprehensively and independently evaluated to determine the key benefits doctors and medical students gain from the program, and to provide feedback to guide future programs at Doctors' Health SA.

Doctors' Health SA has engaged three extremely experienced presenters to deliver the program.
Research has identified the most stressful and challenging career transition stages of medicine - these are medical school entry, final undergrad examinations, the intern year, entering specialist training, new Fellows, commencing rural practice, mid-life, pre & post-retirement (MABEL Study -
Dr Maura Kenny

Maura is a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression in Adelaide. She specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in the areas of Stress, Mood and Anxiety disorders, has conducted research in these areas, and has used these approaches in clinical, organisational and workplace settings.

Maura has a special interest in the wellbeing of medical staff and has developed an Introduction to Mindfulness course for Healthcare Professionals.

Maura is also the Convenor of the Mindfulness Research Group at the University of Adelaide, Director of Mindful Self Care Programs, and an Associate Teacher-Trainer at the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre.

Mr Hugh Kearns

Hugh’s areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. Hugh's consultancy, ThinkWell, is based in Adelaide. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia.

Hugh is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups.

Associate Professor Jill Benson, AM

Jill has been a GP for over 30 years. Currently working at Adelaide City General Practice, and she has worked at Doctors’ Health SA since 2000. Jill also works at Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal health service in Mt Gambier and is the founding Medical Director of Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance. She is a Medical Educator at GPEx, and is a researcher in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, recently completing her PhD in refugee health.

Jill has extensive experience in mental health and has presented to medical audiences nationally and internationally about taking care of their mental wellbeing.

TO REGISTER FOR THE BRIM PROGRAM: Contact DHSA Program Officer, Kiara Cannizzaro at or phone 08 82321250

The 2018 BRIM Workshops will target the following groups:

  • 1st & 2nd year Medical Students
  • Interns and Final Year Medical Students
  • Female Doctors In Training
  • New Fellows
  • Mid Life Docs
  • Rural Docs - now opened to all busy doctors!

The one-day workshop for each target group will held on a Saturday - 8.00am Registration, 8.30am to 4.00pm.


To register your interest to attend one of these workshops, email Program Manager, Kiara Cannizzaro or phone DHSA on 08 8232 1250.

Doctors In Training