Psych Matters

Mindfulness and Wellbeing for Staff in Healthcare

December 08, 2023 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Mindfulness and Wellbeing for Staff in Healthcare
Show Notes

In this episode of Psych Matters, doctors Maura Kenny and Linda Kader engage in conversation about the need for staff wellbeing to be a priority for healthcare settings.
They also touch upon a number of issues in the healthcare industry which are crucial to explore systematically and understand ways to address to create a sustainable transformative work culture, whereby excellent care provision is there for patients, and at the same time a thriving team of staff delivering such care.

Dr Maura Kenny is a consultant psychiatrist in SA Health with a longstanding specialist interest in mindfulness and self-compassion in both clinical settings and in the wellbeing of healthcare staff. In 2013 she developed a mindful self-care course, which has now been taken up around the world in a range of healthcare settings. In October 2022, Maura was appointed as the inaugural Director of Staff Wellbeing in the largest Local Health Network in SA, comprising 16,000 employees. This role is responsible for coordinating the content, promotion, implementation and evaluation of the CALHN Wellbeing Pathway, and developing a strategic plan that ensures a staff wellbeing perspective on all CALHN activities and initiatives.

Dr Linda Kader is a consultant psychiatrist, psychotherapist & mindfulness teacher with a strong interest and commitment to raise and facilitate necessary conversations in healthcare leadership and management. She works at The Royal Melbourne and The Royal Children's Hospitals offering leadership & clinical care, supervision & teaching of registrars, and supporting various aspects of service development  & implementation. She is a Mentor for registrars with RANZCP, holds passion for refugee healthcare and engages in Human Rights Advocacy through her local Council committees. She brings to her daily work extensive practice and knowledge of mindfulness and compassion to nurture professional, safe and engaging working atmosphere for  her teams and all staff.

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