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Burnout

Burnout is an issue much talked about today in the health professions and human services generally. It is not a considered disorder per se, but a set of symptoms associated with intolerable levels of work stress. In this webinar we will discuss what constitutes burnout. What causes burnout and what we can do to prevent and treat it.

In this webinar

This is the first of a set of two webinars focussing on work-related issues. This webinar will focus on the phenomonen of burnout, and the next will explore the subject of mental health in the workplace. They are linked issues but not quite the same.

Professor Gordon Parker will join us on video to talk about the academic background to the concept of burnout. His research assistant and PhD student psychologist Gabriela Tavella will be there to expand on Professor Parker’s remarks and translate them to our clinical context.

Also joining the panel from Melbourne will be former GP, medical writer and now career coach to health professionals Dr Jocelyn Lowinger.

Completing the panel will be  Dr Elizabeth Lennon, an organisational psychologist and executive coach who completed her PhD with Medicines Sans Frontiere’s field workers, who daily confront suffering, injustice and difficult work conditions.

We will discuss the phenomenon of burnout from all these points of view and consider what we can do to treat end prevent burnout in others and ourselves.

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The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

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