Resilience on the Run program

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Program background

Did you know that junior doctors experience significantly higher rates of burnout, depression and anxiety than the general population?

As a profession, it’s our responsibility to ensure doctors have the appropriate support, throughout their careers, to deal with the challenges of the medical profession. It is with this in mind that AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training researched and developed Resilience on the Run – a first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at equipping young doctors with the resilience and coping skills needed to survive and thrive in medicine.

Resilience on the Run was piloted at Rockhampton Base Hospital in October 2015 and received considerable positive feedback. Hospital administration and interns found the program so helpful that they asked for it to be rolled out again.

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 to overwhelmingly positive feedback. By August 2017, close to 370 interns had completed the program including delivery at Gold Coast University, Ipswich and Mackay Hospitals.

In 2017, Queensland Health announced that funding had been allocated in the State Budget to deliver programs to support mental health, increase resilience and promote wellbeing amongst the medical workforce.  The first phase of funding has been allocated to engage AMA Queensland to deliver Resilience on the Run to all medical interns from 2017-2019.

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 enquiries, contact Lisa O'Donnell or Jennifer Burgess at AMA Queensland on 07 3872 2222 or e:

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