Resilience on the Run program

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Program background

In response to the alarming findings identified in the 2013 Beyondblue National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students, in 2015 AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training researched and developed a Resilience on the Run pilot program. The pilot program aimed to provide young doctors with the resilience and coping skills needed to survive and thrive in medicine and was successfully delivered for Interns at Rockhampton Base Hospital in October 2015.

Dr Malcolm Forbes from the Resilience on the Run research project group explains “the transition from university to workplace and an increase in professional responsibilities is inherently challenging. The reality of being personally responsible for the lives of patients can induce stress and burnout. Building the resilience of interns will allow them to cope with the stress of internship, resulting in healthier doctors and healthier patients.”

Presented by resilience expert Dr Ira van der Steenstraten, the Resilience on the Run program focuses on developing techniques for resilience and mindfulness, better managing interpersonal relationships, navigating difficult scenarios on the job and practical steps for asking for help. Following delivery of the pilot program in 2016, Metro South Health engaged AMA Queensland to deliver the program for 140 interns across Princess Alexandra, Logan and Redlands Hospitals with overwhelmingly positive feedback received, and the program is set to roll at again at Rockhampton Hospital in October 2016.

Program format and delivery mode

The program can be delivered as a customisable, face-to-face, two-part or three-part workshop series. Each session is 1.5 hours in length and topics include:

  • An introduction to Mindfulness and how it can improve well-being and resilience for doctors in training; 
  • Developing mindful communication techniques for more effective engagement with others;
  • Strategies for dealing with Burnout and Compassion Fatigue;
  • Skills for managing challenging scenarios in the workplace e.g. caring for the dying patient or dealing with adverse feedback from a supervisor;
  • Practical tips on getting help.

For all Resilience on the Run program enquiries and to obtain a quote on delivering the program at your Hospital, any interested Doctors in Training, Medical Education Officers and Directors of Clinical Training can contact Holly Bretherton, General Manager – Member Relations & Communications, AMA Queensland on (07) 3872 2248 or email

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