Be well, Do well

Thriving as a Doctor

Interns - PGY 5

Saturday 28 October 2023

Melbourne - Live, in-person one day workshop

Yes, I want to come

Being a doctor is like no other job.

After all those years of study and training you might still feel not quite sure about who you are as a doctor.  Many doctors wonder how they can ever achieve work-life balance.  How they can really live up to the expectations of others and if they truly have what it takes to make it to Consultant / Fellow.

Building your career in medicine impacts your whole life, for years.

To truly do your job well, you need to be well.

To perform well and be well you need to:

  • have strong self management skills
  • be aware of your emotional state and intelligent about how you work
    with your emotions
  • know how to keep going in the face of difficult situations that don’t always
    align with your values
  • understand that sometimes it’s going to feel difficult and the cognitive load
    might be overwhelming
  • surround yourself with people who offer trusted mutual support

Join us for this one-day workshop

Reflect on your identity as a doctor so you can plan for a career that is joyful, sustainable and effective, with senior doctors who are part of our Recalibrate Alumni community

Implement practical skills in mindfulness, listening, self-regulation and community building in everyday life, to enhance your effectiveness and wellbeing

Access and utilise coaching so that it can be of benefit to your effectiveness and wellbeing
as a doctor

This workshop will give you the tools, skills and strategies to thrive in medicine and in your life.

Feel empowered to design a better medical life.

Develop and grow your intra and interpersonal skills, enhance your life as a doctor.

Lead by Sharee Johnson, Australia's Leading Doctor Psychologist Coach, and cofacilitated by a select group of senior doctors at our beautiful Melbourne Zoo

Who can attend?

Interns - PGY5 doctors who:

  • Want to connect more effectively with patients and/or colleagues
  • Are curious about how their practice of medicine will improve by focusing on their inter personal skills
  • Want to communicate better
  • Understand that being professionally engaged with good intention is not enough to truly provide optimal care to patients
  • Are new to practice or have joined a new team
  • Want more clarity of purpose and more career sustainability
  • Want to take better care of themselves and maintain a joyful life
  • Want to be more self aware
  • Want to use their people skills more skillfully! 
  • Who recognise that the art of medicine enhances the science of medicine

What's included:

A highly interactive, practical workshop that allows you to experience your own capacity, growing your awareness, insight and skills for a more effective, joyful and sustainable career in medicine.
Expand your skills in self awareness and self regulation.
Hear from senior doctors who have lived experience developing their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Hear their stories of how they have developed more work-life balance and now live in a way that recognises medicine as part of a whole, balanced life.
Be in direct conversation with senior doctors and experienced coaches, building your community of support that will help you design a better medical career.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Coaching for Doctors

Sharee has been working as a Psychologist Coach of Doctors for nine years and has worked with hundreds of doctors and medical students. She is engaged by several Colleges to deliver workshops and in 2021 published her book The Thriving Doctor – How to be more balanced and fulfilled, working in medicine.

In 2018 Sharee and Dr Elisabeth Wearne piloted our Recalibrate program.Together with Dr Andrew Green they have now facilitated eleven Recalibrate programs helping groups of doctors develop their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills so that they are better able to deliver effective patient care and have more enjoyable, sustainable careers in medicine. These doctors have repeatedly said that they wished they had learnt these skills earlier in their careers.

Our mission at Coaching for Doctors is to transform healthcare for patients. When doctors are well and skilled in human connection and communication, patients receive optimal care and doctors feel fulfilled. This workshop is designed to help you tune into these skills as you develop your identity as doctor. Better for everyone.

Our team of facilitators at this workshop have all dedicated time and energy to developing these skills and raising their own self awareness. They are current members of our Recalibrate Alumni community and are keen to share their experience and skills with you.


What doctor say about Sharee's book The Thriving Doctor


Thank you for writing The Thriving Doctor. It provides insight and techniques for all doctors to understand the systems we work within and provides the much needed tools to develop our leadership and interpersonal skills. It also reminds us to lean into our vulnerability and humility, which were the very things that attracted us into medicine in the first place.

This book helps us be the doctors we want to be and our patients need us to be.

-Dr Edwina Coghlan, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Teacher and Mentor 


The Thriving Doctor is a call to arms.
Sharee’s own experiences, and the experiences of caring for doctors through coaching, shine a powerful light into our profession from the outside and give hope that we can each learn to build more sustainability into our working lives as well as take better care of our colleagues. Our best imagined future MUST be one where both doctors and patients can flourish, and Sharee invites us to try new strategies that have been absent from medical education and culture for far too long.

-Dr Elisabeth Wearne, GP and Medical Educator


Sharee structures her book in a logical sequence, with practical ‘to do’ tasks that allow us to pause and reflect, and indeed self-discover. This book complements the workshops and courses run by Sharee and allows us to explore these concepts in further depth, almost like a core textbook and reference.

I would urge all junior doctors to read this to pick up a few learning points. It will also be worth revisiting later, as new challenges in your career or new situations arise or new levels of maturity are reached. I know if I had discovered this earlier I would have avoided a fair amount of hurt and distress, and be much further along the path to thriving.

-Dr Antony Wong, GP Anaesthetist


Sharee's book is a practical guide to the continued professional development needs we all have, but have not been made explicit to us through our training. This book can help us sustain and then build towards the model of a Thriving Doctor.

-Dr Bree Wyeth, Psychiatrist

We acknowledge Australia's First Peoples

Coaching for Doctors is based on Gunaikurnai country. We pay our respects and honour the First Nation people of all the lands we collectively stand on in this moment together. We pay our respects to their ancestors, Elders past and present and to their emerging leaders.

We remain committed to listening, learning, growing and being together on what always was and always will be, Aboriginal land that has never been ceded.