Whole Life Health; Evidence-based wellbeing for doctors

Whole Life Health; Evidence-based wellbeing for doctors
A self-care workshop for GPs, hosted as a pre-conference event for GP17.

A recent study in New Zealand by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists showed that over 50% of doctors are right now experiencing symptoms of burnout and more than half would not choose medicine as a career again.

But that’s not even the worst of it.

Studies show that stress causes depersonalisation, emotional disconnection with our patients, and depersonalisation leads to increases in major medical errors.

Despite ‘first, do no harm’ underpinning who we are as doctors, the way we are being as doctors is harming our patients.

On July 27 in Dunedin, The RNZCGP, in conjunction with MedWorld, will be running a one-day workshop focussed on helping GPs manage their well-being over the course of their career.

‘Whole Life Health’ is designed to shift the paradigm of what doctors think it means to ‘put their patients first’ by prioritising their own health.

The program introduces evidence-based methods that will help attendees master the core areas of their lives so they free up their bandwidth to allow them to get on with what they do best, be exceptional doctors.

This feeds into an on-going program that will allow each doctor to track their progress beyond the conference.

Please register online.

Dunedin Centre 1 Harrop Street Dunedin, Otago

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