prioritise psychological wellbeing and physical protection
promote healthy workplace cultures, fairness and safety
build strong relationships by sharing challenges
save lives through medical co-leadership
rediscover the joy in medicine

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The second edition of this well-received text advocates for a transformational change in the way doctors:

  • protect their mental health

  • look out for their colleagues

  • co-create a kinder, more humane work culture

  • and lead health system reform.

Michael Kidd

Professor Michael Kidd AO is a Professor of Global Primary Care and Future Health Systems at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and Foundation Director of the International Centre for Future Health Systems at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He served as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with responsibility for the development and implementation of the national primary care response to COVID-19. He is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a former Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Foundation Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care.

Leanne Rowe

Leanne Rowe is a rural doctor and clinical professor at the Department of General Practice, Monash University, Australia, who has cared for other doctors as patients for many years. In the past, she has served as the Chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Deputy Chancellor of Monash University and non-Executive Director of a number of foundations including Beyond Blue: the national depression initiative in Australia. She has also served as a non-executive director on a range of public and private health-related boards, across many specialities, including hospitals, and aged care, mental health, telehealth, radiology, pathology and medicolegal providers.

Vihangi Abeygunawardana

Vihangi Abeygunawardana is our new co-author. She has worked in public hospitals across Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia over the last 4 years, and, in particular, has gained a deep insight into the challenges doctors in training have faced during the global pandemic. She has worked extensively in the medical, surgical and frontline COVID- 19 wards at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital, and as of 2022, she has been an ICU registrar in metropolitan and regional Victoria.


  • Bullying in medicine: a harm-minimisation approach

    4 March 2019

    Health care is increasingly complex. Objective peer review, constructive feedback and robust debate are essential to continually improve the quality of patient care. But doctors don’t always disagree well. One of the contributing factors to bullying in medicine is the complex interplay of different personality types in very stressful situations...

  • Endemic bullying: narcissistic personality disorder in medicine

    11 March 2019

    How is it possible that endemic bullying (here, here, here and here) persists in medicine despite a Senate inquiry, viral social media campaigns, doctor education, incident reporting and other initiatives to improve awareness, mutual respect and medical culture?...

  • Fight systemic racism in medicine

    5 June 2018

    As a medical student, every eight weeks I rotate through a new specialty in a new hospital or health service. This means every eight weeks, I flick over to a new chapter in my textbook, learn a new set of medical lingo, meet a new team of doctors and a new cohort of patients...

  • Where this physician finds joy in medicine

    4 October 2018

    My country rotation as a medical student was overshadowed by a heated argument between the general practitioner and his wife. Decades later, I now understand the frustration and challenges of rural general practice...

  • What my young patients taught me about parenting

    30 September 2018

    Despite meticulous time management and delegation as a doctor, there were times when I found cobwebs on the laundry left on the clothesline too long, or a moldy school lunch or squashed banana forgotten at the bottom of a school bag at home...

  • Greg Maulder relaxation audio recording

    23 April 2020

    15 minute Yoga Nidra recording by Greg Maulder helps with relaxation and sleep. Try to follow all the instructions and stay awake if you use it during the day. Listen to the recording regularly to condition your mind even if you are distracted and find it difficult to concentrate. By trying to stay awake to listen to the recording, it is likely you will let go of your anxiety and fall asleep before the instructions end.

  • When a doctor says “I am depressed”

    29 January 2019

    My first response to a colleague who says “I am depressed” is critical for a number of reasons. Doctors have tough emotional masks and it has been difficult for my colleague to trust someone and disclose this. Due to the enormous stigma surrounding mental illness in the medical profession,..

  • 5 ways we can prevent doctor suicide

    5 December 2018

    We have failed to address the scale of suicide and mental illness in the medical profession, which is a global issue. Each of us can help prevent doctor suicide with these five strategies both locally and worldwide...

  • Disclosing myths: Doctors can seek help for their mental illness from their own treating doctor without fear for their career

    18 February 2019

    Doctors continue to have high levels of mental illness and suicide partly because a medical career has never been more challenging. It is unthinkable that most doctors believe they cannot disclose their distress...

  • Managing Extreme Stress

    28 Dec 2018

    After a busy, challenging year, it can sometimes be hard to switch off our overstimulated minds and enjoy a well-earned rest over the festive season while catching up on our family and personal responsibilities...

  • Self help principles alone not the answer for doctor burnout

    20 Feb 2019

    While common, it’s not normal. However, the term itself is overused and doctors in particular tend to ‘switch off’ when they hear it. The fact burnout is hard to define only adds to the medical profession’s general aversion of the term...