Supporting your mental health and wellbeing

Whether you're a medical student or Doctor in training, life can be stressful and even overwhelming. MDA National is here to not only protect your career and reputation, but also to support your health and wellbeing along the way.

As part of our continued support for students and doctors in training, we have partnered with AccessEAP to provide you with a complimentary series of health and wellbeing webinars and facilitated group sessions, focusing on mental health and wellbeing peer support.

We are kicking off our complimentary Health and Wellbeing program for our Members with a live webinar on Mindfulness on Monday 8th August 2022 at 7pm (AEST).


There is a growing body of evidence to support the application of mindfulness in the workplace. Some of the benefits include improved memory and concentration; calmer decision making; increased clarity of thought; deeper expression of compassion and empathy towards colleagues.

This session aims to provide participants with an understanding of the basic concept and underpinning principles of mindfulness, summarises the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practice into daily life, and takes you through some practical mindfulness exercises to apply at home and at work on a daily basis.

  • What do we mean by mindfulness?
  • Understanding the stress vs relaxation circuit
  • Key elements and principles of mindfulness
  • The benefits of mindfulness at work
  • Overcoming barriers to mindful living
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • How to access further support
Date Topic Time Register
Mon 08 Aug 2022 Mindfulness - Live Webinar 7:00 -8:30pm AEST  Register
Wed 17 Aug 2022 Facilitated group session (Limited places)  6:00 -7:00pm AEST  Register

Dr Stephen Malloch

A counsellor, workshop designer and facilitator, and career coach with over 15 years’ experience. Currently Senior Clinical Consultant at AccessEAP, Stephen also works in private practice, and as a research academic holding an honorary role at Sydney University in the Westmead Psychotherapy Program. His model of human communication, called Communicative Musicality, informs his therapeutic practice, and is explored in the book of the same name (published by Oxford University Press).

Positive Psychology: Learn How to Flourish

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive.

This topic is based around the PERMAH Model of positive psychology. Based on the famous work of Martin Seligman, this session is designed to help people learn how to flourish and identify their own strengths and development areas. Learners will be challenged to create a personal action plan and take a positive approach to their mental health and wellbeing.

Suitable for anyone who wants to seize opportunities to flourish and take away practical hints, tips and guidance that will make a genuine difference.

  • You will gain a deeper understanding of positive psychology and the PERMAH Model.
  • You will have an opportunity to identify and understand your strengths and ways to apply and reinforce those strengths.
  • You will learn the importance of taking a positive psychology approach to your wellbeing and use the PERMAH Model to create a Wellbeing Action Plan.
Date Topic Time Register
Mon 05 Sep 2022 Positive psychology - Live Webinar 7:00 -8:30pm AEST  Coming Soon
Wed 14 Sep 2022 Facilitated group session (Limited places)  6:00 -7:00pm AEST  Coming Soon

Self-Care to Prevent Burnout & Fatigue

This topic helps learners better understand the spectrum of stress and the importance of applying consistent self-care strategies to prevent burnout and fatigue through stressful times. Taking care of yourself, in context of your personal and professional life, is the most important part of managing your mental health and wellbeing. It is the key to help you get through challenging times and it is something within your control.

'Self-care to Prevent Burnout & Fatigue’ is for anyone keen to identify ways to thrive even when feeling overwhelmed and fatigued owing to their high-pressure role and also for anyone who wants to improve aspects of their self-care and learn practical hints, tips and guidance that will make a genuine difference to their wellbeing.

  • Understand the stress spectrum and identify your optimal stress zone.
  • Understand the definition and signs of burnout and fatigue.
  • Understand the benefits of committing to self-care routines to prevent burnout and fatigue.
  • Identify self-care activities and practices that you can apply on a regular basis that support a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Date Topic Time Register
Mon 10 Oct 2022 Self Care - Live Webinar TBC  Coming Soon
Thu 20 Oct 2022 Facilitated group session (Limited places) TBC  Coming Soon

What attendees said

On average, 89% of employees who attend our training would recommend us to a colleague, 85% feel they learn something new, and 87% feel confident utilising the learning in their job. This is what they have to say:

“Great topic, very helpful and informative.”

“I loved the session, great job.”

“I never had knowledge of this topic before, so found this session extremely valuable.”

“Excellent session and the mentor was great. She built good rapport with us and was open to everyone."

“It was a well-run session with a lot of good information that is useful in the workplace."