Dr Sam Prince has never had a straightforward medical career. While studying medicine, he worked in a Mexican restaurant and his experiences there inspired him to open his own. He opened the first Zambrero restaurant when he was just 21 years old and now has almost 200 restaurants across Australia and New Zealand.
He built philanthropy into his business model – for every burrito or bowl sold as part of Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative, a meal is donated to someone in the developing world. More than 14 million meals have been donated.
Sam returned his focus to medicine with One Disease, a non-profit organisation that aims to eliminate Crusted Scabies from remote Indigenous communities in Australia. In 2012, Sam was awarded Young Australian of the Year, Australian Capital Territory in recognition for his work at One Disease.
He’s also the founder of Next Practice, a healthcare service which brings together health advocacy, technology and education. Next Practice aims to be a revolution in primary healthcare, which puts the patient and their doctor at the centre, whilst stripping away the antiquated systems which can limit a doctor’s ability to practice medicine.
Find out more about Dr Prince’s medical career – listen to the podcast here, or read key points from the podcast in the Doctor Toolbox.Read more
Dr. Juviraj Arulanandarajah is a GP, blogger and advocate for doctor wellbeing. Juviraj completed his medical degree in Liverpool (UK) before moving to Australia in 2006. He worked in a few different areas (both medically and geographically) including Emergency in New South Wales and Queensland before settling down in Melbourne with his wife, young son and two dogs.
Like many in our profession, Juviraj has suffered from burnout. He took a novel approach to tackling the issue and started Serenity – a blog about his journey to become a happier, healthier person. The blog shares his personal findings and links, discussion points and insights into wellness specifically for medical professionals.
Introduction to Dr Matire Harwood (PhD, MBChB) Ngāpuhi
When she was just seven years old, Matire Harwood’s grandfather told her she would become a doctor. Her school did not entertain the idea of a young girl from a Māori family becoming a doctor, but Matire, inspired by her grandfather’s encouragement, perused her dream anyway.
She’s now a GP and an Auckland University clinical researcher who’s been widely recognised for her contribution to Māori health and research into health inequities between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
Matire has devoted her career to investigating conditions like cardiovascular disease, asthma, stroke and diabetes, in relation to Māori health. In 2017, her work was recognised with a $25,000 fellowship in the L'Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme, which she is using to further research on the effects of indigenous-led interventions for long-term conditions. She has served as a member of the Board and Māori Health Committee at the Health Research Council and has worked with the Health Research Council, Ministry of Health and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, to improve outcomes for Māori living with diabetes.
In conversation with MedWorld’s Dr Sam Hazledine, Matire talks about her journey to becoming the doctor she is today, how she balances her busy schedule with family life, and what doctors can do to better engage with indigenous communities and help achieve health equity.
Dr Robin Youngson is an exceptional doctor, author and speaker. He came to medicine via an unusual route. He initially went to University to study Engineering, but soon realised that medicine was his true calling. He had suffered severe bullying while at boarding school, which had left him with “some part of me, deep in me, that really wanted to attend to suffering in the world.” Robin saw becoming a doctor as a great way to do this. But Robin soon found that medicine was not the caring profession he thought it was.Read more
Dr Michael Ellis is a medical doctor with more than 20 years’ experience. He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics, holds an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts, Philosophy and Social Psychology and has naturopathic qualifications. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Michael takes a holistic approach to healthcare, with a special interest in mind/body medicine and in optimizing the physical, mental and emotional health of the patient.Read more
Dr Patrick McCarthy is New Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist. A qualified general practitioner, he initially studied hypnosis to help one of his patients, a pregnant lady who had anxiety around giving birth. He is now an internationally recognised author and lecturer on the subject and has run a specialist medical hypnotherapy clinic in Wellington since 1996.
Hypnotherapy has been recognised as a form of therapy by the American and British Medical Associations since the 1950s, but is not so well known in New Zealand. In his conversation with Dr Sam Hazledine, Patrick discusses New Zealand’s ‘pessimistic’ problem and how doctors can tackle stress and anxiety using a simple, quick technique.Read more
Tash Thompson is a Paediatric Registrar at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Her medical career has been an unusual one. She studied biomedical science and gained a graduate diploma in education before studying to become a doctor – an interest she’d had since high school.
Unfortunately, like many of us, Tash found the long hours working as a junior doctor in stressful and unsupported roles difficult. Her passion for music and other hobbies had been left by the wayside; medicine consumed her life – but not in a good way.
In Dr Sam Hazledine’s conversations with exceptional people, Tash talks about how she regained control of her career and successfully mixed her interests in education with medicine.Read more
Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department physician at Auckland Hospital, an honorary lecturer in psychological medicine at Auckland Clinical School and founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute.
Tom’s research includes workplace stress, emotional control, productivity and psycho neuro immunology. His books on healthy thinking are best sellers and are translated into 12 languages. He consults on stress and attitude globally to some of the world’s largest corporations. He’s passionate about healthy thinking and how to diagnose and treat what he calls ‘attitude illness’.
When he’s not working as a doctor, on the speaking circuit or on a mission somewhere in the world, Tom enjoys extreme sports and expeditions. He was awarded a New Zealand Defence Force Special Services medal for his medical work in the Boxing Day tsunami and he’s even had a stint as a doctor on a Russian icebreaker in the Southern Ocean.
Tom is also known to be out an about in his retro ambulance going around New Zealand trying to make doctors and people happier and healthier.Read more
Former President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dr David Beaumont is an advocate for occupational health. As Chair of AFOEM Policy and Advocacy Committee he was lead for the faculty project which produced the Australian and New Zealand consensus statement on the health benefits of work.
He’s passionate about the role that work plays in people’s lives and in their own and their family’s health. Currently, David is director of Fit for Work, a business which helps people across New Zealand get back into work after injury and illness.Read more
Professor Diego De Leo is one of the world’s leading researchers in suicide and suicide prevention. He was the Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) from 1997-2015, is a past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the International Academy for Suicide Research. He has designed and advised suicide prevention projects and programmes across the world, including working with the World Health Organisation.
His research has been presented in more than 700 publications and Diego is currently Editor-in-Chief of Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
An exceptional doctor who has dedicated several decades to his speciality, Prof Diego De Leo’s work has been acknowledged with awards and accolades, including appointment as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.Read more