Our ‘Live Well Work Well’ Junior Doctor Retreat took place at the picturesque Spicers Hidden Valley in South East Queensland in April 2018 just prior to our emerging doctor Members embarking on their next career milestone, internship.

Our objective was to host some of our junior doctor Members to a calm and relaxing weekend interspersed with learning life-long skills and strategies to manage the challenges of a medical career. From medico-legal matters to mindfulness, we hosted speakers who had already ‘tread the path’ and shared open and invaluable insights and tools.

Young doctors are at high risk of mental health issues. MDA National’s Charity of Choice, beyondblue, highlighted several barriers as to why doctors avoid seeking help for their own mental health in the 2013/14 National Mental Health Survey of Doctors Medical Students. MDA National has long supported doctors and medical students with peer support, as well as Live Well Study Well and Live Well Work Well initiatives.

Our inaugural Junior Doctor health and wellness retreat is just one of the many ways we continue to support doctors health and wellbeing, and actively assist the profession in breaking down the stigma of mental health, and the barriers to doctors seeking help to protect their wellness.

Our Members say

This was so needed…

MDA National are way ahead of the game offering such support for their younger Members…no one else is offering this…