The Thriving Doctor Book Club


Bringing thought leaders in medicine from across the globe together to inspire, innovate and cultivate a better kind of healthcare. 


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For Doctors who want to cultivate a global medical community invested in better education, better wellbeing, better medicine.

Created for doctors at all levels who seek to bring art and science to their practice of medicine.
Designed to encourage rich conversation and collaboration across organisations, specialties, and countries.
Nurturing collaboration, innovation and aha moments!
Inspiring doctors to go beyond what they think they are able to do, challenging the culture of medicine, and creating a safe place to explore what else is possible.
Generating hope, energy, and care for each other as colleagues.

Join from anywhere in the world...

Two conversations a month with doctors working to make life better for doctors.
Choose from 20 conversations across the year.
Attend 1 or both conversations, first week of each month.

Next Book Club: Wednesday 6  September 2023

Time A  12:00 noon AEDT [Australia]    Time B  6:30pm AEDT [Australia]

Host and Conversation Partners

Hosted and facilitated by Sharee Johnson, Psychologist Coach, Author and Meditation Teacher collaborating with a stellar group of Conversation Partners including:
  • Dr Andrea Austin, Emergency Physician, Simulation Medical Educator, San Diego
  • Dr Anthony Dunin, Orthopedic Surgeon Melbourne Australia
  • Dr Cheryl O’Malley, Hospital Physician, Medical Educator
  • Dr Jo Sinclair, Anaesthetist, Aukland New Zealand
  • Dr Omar Reda, Psychiatrist Colorado USA
  • Dr Elisabeth Wearne, General Practitioner and Medical Educator, Australia
  • Dr Ashok Bhattacharya, Psychiatrist, Ontario, Canada

What does it mean to be a member?

  • A warm welcome, a feeling of belonging and a safe space to widen your field of vision and possibility
  • Regular access to leaders in medicine, at monthly book club conversations
  • A community of collegial support where hope is alive and practical action is shared
  • Collegial support that is unbounded from hierarchy, 'old' medical culture and geographical borders
  • Intellectual and emotional stimulation designed to encourage and inspire through relationships
  • Participation in a community that believes better healthcare can be delivered through collaboration because of human capacity
Meeting Tuesday evenings in America and Wednesday morning in Europe, Wednesday afternoon and evening in Australia and New Zealand.

To join simply select your preferred subscription option below and be sure to select Australia or International.

The Thriving Doctor Book Club Community

The Thriving Doctor Book Club is about helping doctors to thrive, we will share what we know and invite you to share too. This is an exploratory space designed to open up your field of vision, your thinking, and our collective possibilities.
Books, podcasts, videos, articles will be the catalysts for our conversations. Come when you can, read when you can, share what you can. Sometime you might arrive ready to take a deep dive into the book that you have devoured. Other times you might want to hear what others thought about a particular resource before you give it your time and energy.

What really matters most of all is your:
  • curiosity, openness and willingness to learn and connect
  • generosity to listen and share
  • thoughtful reflection about how these conversations can ripple out into healthcare for the greater good
  • desire to encourage, nurture and support yourself and your colleagues
Once a month, two opportunities to join the conversation discussing a book, podcast, article, or YouTube clip (eg TedTalk) in relation to:
  • doctor wellbeing
  • the art of medicine
  • medical training
  • the role of doctor
  • the future of medicine
Sometimes we will invite guests too - the authors and creators of the material we are discussing - some doctors and some non-doctors.
All conversations are live and will be recorded and made available to members to view on demand within 48 hours of each Book Club gathering. Each recording will be accompanied by details of any resources shared during the conversation.

*Titles will be provided after you register as a member.

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2022 Books

Our first year of book club has been one of stimulating books, connections, discussions and discovery.  The conversations are rich and meaningful.

We are happy to share the list of wonderful books we have read and discussed, together with feedback from some of our founding members.

2022 Book List

When we meet ...



1 February
1 March
5 April
3 May
7 June
6 September
4 October
1 November




31 January
28 February
4 April2 May
6 June
5 September
3 October
31 October


Book Club dates

Coaching for Doctors is hosting The Thriving Doctor Book Club in Australian Eastern Time 12 noon and 6:30pm, Melbourne.

* Please note USA/Canada Book Club date is one day before Australasia/Rest of the World date. Australia is 10 to 19 hours ahead of Northern hemisphere countries.

Check your location against Melbourne, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), note Daylight Saving (AEDST) time is October to April.  Use this Time Converter to check you zone.

Australian Members

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12 months $27/month [AUD] includes 10% GST

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International Members

Monthly Subscription

12 months $25.00/month [AUD] excludes GST   

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*Books discussed in The Thriving Doctor Book Club are not included in this membership fee.

Conversation Partners

Andrea Austin, MD

Emergency Physician and Simulation Educator, California, USA

A US Navy Veteran that deployed to Iraq in 2016 and later worked at LA County + USC, one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the US. She is dedicated to physician well-being, especially burnout and trauma recovery.

Ashok Bhattacharya, MD, FRCP(C)

Psychiatrist, Ontario, Canada

Specializes in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Musician, author, artist and founder of The Empathy Clinic. The clinic’s emphasis is on empathy, balance, integration of the spirit and soul, and the pursuit of optimal wellness.

Tony Dunin MB BS FRACS (Orth) F.A.Orth.A.

Senior Orthopaedic surgeon, MBSR Teacher, Melbourne, Australia

Tony first participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2008 to deal with the stresses and anxieties he was experiencing in his life as an orthopaedic surgeon.
He found this a life changing and most rewarding experience. Tony and his spouse Jo established The Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness in 2016.

Cheryl O’Malley, MD

Hospital Medicine Physician, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

In my daily work leading graduate medical education at our institution, I get to shape the learning environment for programs, faculty, residents and fellows to become compassionate, engaged and skilled physicians for the future.  I thrive by sharing, imagining, learning and creating and look forward to meaningful conversations with others in this community. 

Dr Omar Reda


Areas of passion are working with trauma survivors and empowering caregivers.


Dr Jo Sinclair

Anaesthetist and Wellbeing Lead for Senior Medical Staff, Counties Manukau Health. Co-chair of ANZCA Wellbeing Special Interest Group. Auckland, New Zealand

I have a career long interest in the wellbeing of doctors and more recently in healthcare workers in general, and have learnt so much from making connections with others interested in this area. I see the Book Club as another forum for sharing ideas, wisdom gained from experience, and also offering mutual support.

Dr Liz Wearne

General Practitioner and Medical Educator, Victoria, Australia

I'm a rural General Practitioner and Medical Educator in the south-eastern corner of Australia.

My interest in doctors' health sprung from my own experience of burnout which changed my life in so many positive ways!  I look forward to sharing ideas about building compassionate healthcare workforces with like-minded people (and to reading more books again!).

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The Thriving Doctor Book Club FAQs


Would you like to see the books we have read during 2022?

We are happy to share the list of wonderful books we have read and discussed, together with feedback from some of our founding members.

Download the 2022 Book List

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Praise for The Thriving Doctor


"The Thriving Doctor is a gift to doctors everywhere, whether they are already thriving in their life or they are struggling with burnout. This is more than a book on thriving — it is a complete how-to guide for self-awareness and mindset mastery. In language that is approachable and easy to read, without unnecessary academic minutiae, Sharee’s writing respects the time pressures we are all under in healthcare."

Jonathan Fisher, MD FACC Cardiologist, Organizational Well-Being & Resiliency Leader

"Your book doesn’t need a critique or a review. It’s complete. It’s a gift to our profession, one for every medical student and doctor, junior and senior.

First you articulated the way that I feel.

Then you gave me permission to acknowledge my feelings.

You made me feel valued. You made me realise that I mattered.

You encouraged me to confront my emotions, and to challenge my existing paradigm, and you told me that was ok.

…and then you gave me the tools with which to make a change."

Dr Vijay Roach, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Past President RANZCOG


"Sharee has really captured the struggle as well as the magic (privilege)of being a doctor. Her insight into the tensions that exist, the humanity of being a doctor and the load that we carry as a result gives her work a credibility that resonates. The scientist in me is reassured by the evidence she provides. The medical stories are ones to which I can relate. I appreciated the summaries that appeared regularly. The activities and questions worked well and challenged me to reflect."

Dr Sarah Wilmot, GP Anaesthetist

Get your copy of The Thriving Doctor

Available from all major retailers, including Booktopia and Amazon. Larger orders can be purchase direct from Coaching for Doctors.

Book RRP $32.95  (ebook $9.99)

Audiobook also available.

Narrated by Sharee, find it at your audiobook download service or via these links:

Please ask your local bookstore to order copies if not currently in stock.

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.