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.Read more
Working with Māori Communities
Ten Minutes with Dr Matire Harwood (PhD, MBChB) Ngāpuhi
When she was just seven years old, Matire Harwood’s grandfather told her she would become a doctor. She is now widely recognised for her contribution to Māori health and research into health inequities between indigenous and non-indigenous people.Read more
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.
“Halfway through my engineering degree I became more aware of my father’s work and he was a doctor, and I realized the kind of satisfaction that he had from his work,” he says.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.
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.
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.
Dr Tom is on a mission trying to make New Zealand and eventually the World, happier and healthier. He believes doctors are a big part of that project because “sometimes we’re the most miserable and unhealthy people that you’d meet”.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.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