Mindfulness for Doctors in Training & JMOs
This Covid19 era is a challenging time for everyone, especially for trainees, RMOs and interns still learning the trade, having on call shifts and perhaps also preparing for exams. Without good self-care strategies, we can find it hard to cope adaptively with the intense work pressures that now exist.
Mindfulness approaches teach us how to look after ourselves wisely and kindly so that we can cope with all the extra challenges that are part of this pandemic. And there is growing evidence that when health professionals practice mindfulness, there are beneficial effects not just for them, but for the patients under their care (Grepmair et al, 2007; Annelrving et al, 2009).
With the support of DHSA and a range of LHN wellbeing and education committees, these introductory mindfulness courses are being made available to trainees and JMOs who wish to learn mindfulness skills for use in their personal and professional lives. Participants are asked to practice meditation for 15 minutes on a daily basis in order to test out the potential benefits for themselves. Practicing the meditations at home for at least 15 minutes daily enhances the benefits over the duration of the course and beyond.
Details: every Wednesday for 6 weeks
Dates: 3rd June – 8th July 2020 Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm
Venue: Online using Zoom at this time (free download via https://zoom.us/)
Cost: $200 (cost includes course booklet and guided meditations). Payment plans can be organised.
CPD certificates are available at the end of the course on request.
Course Facilitator: Dr Shailaja Nair FRACP
Course facilitators are healthcare professionals who are also experienced mindfulness teachers and who adhere to the internal good practice guidelines for mindfulness teaching
Course Developer: Dr Maura Kenny, MBChB, MRCPsych, FRANZCP
Dr Maura Kenny is a Psychiatrist and Coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression, CALHN. She is also an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University. She has extensive experience of providing mindfulness courses to doctors and other health professionals. Her 6 week course has now been taken up in health settings interstate and overseas with outcome data showing reductions in stress and increases in self-compassion.