We have been teaching mindfulness in hospital settings to patients and medical staff for a number of years. We bring this expertise and experience to offering our courses to the general public.
Tony Dunin MB BS FRACS (Orth) F.A.Orth.A.
Tony first participated in an MBSR course in 2008 in order to deal with the stresses and anxieties he was experiencing in his life as an orthopaedic surgeon.
In 2009 he attended a workshop on MBSR given by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli from CFM UMAS. This was a workshop for health professionals and it sowed the seed for Tony to undertake the MBSR teacher training through Openground Australia in 2012.
Tony has been involved in a randomized control trial exploring the benefits of MBSR for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. This study was done in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.
Tony has been teaching MBSR to staff at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2012. He is a senior orthopaedic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital and Knox Private Hospital in Wantirna.
Jo Dunin BA (Hons), MA (History)
Jo first attended the eight week MBSR course in 2008 and she was immediately drawn to the way in which it made possible a greater openness and curiosity towards the challenges that arise in daily life. Jo trained to be an MBSR teacher through Openground Australia in 2013. Jo feels her Mindfulness practice enabled her to live through her experience of cancer with greater acceptance and equanimity.
She taught the MBSR program to patients as part of the randomized control trial exploring the benefits of MBSR for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. This study was done in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. Jo has been teaching staff at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2013 where she hears health professionals talk about the way mindfulness has given them greater capacity to manage their very stressful roles in the public health sector.
Jo is a professional historian and writes commissioned histories. She completed training as a Registered Nurse and worked for some years in nursing before completing postgraduate studies in history.
Jo feels her life is enriched by her mindfulness practice. It has allowed her to bring wisdom and compassion to her mindfulness teaching.
Suzanne Peyton RN, BA, MPHC, GC Org. Coaching
Suzanne began exploring the personal benefits of meditation in the 1990’s and became curious about how this practice could impact on her daily life, and how it can make life richer and more easeful, even in the sticky times. She experienced her first MBSR program in 2009, and convinced of its merits, knew she wanted to teach it to others.
Suzanne completed her MBSR/MBCT teacher training through Openground in 2011, and since then has been offering mindfulness workshops, individual coaching and group training programs through her private practice, and now also with the Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness.
As a palliative care nurse, Suzanne is especially motivated by the positive shifts she witnesses in people affected by cancer when they engage in mindfulness, and she regularly leads MBSR programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at Austin Health.
Like Tony and Jo, Suzanne is passionate about the wellbeing of fellow health professionals. She teaches mindfulness to medical students at Monash University as part of Dr. Craig Hassed’s health enhancement program, coaches individuals in mindfulness, and also offers Mindful Self-Care programs for staff and leaders within healthcare settings and other organizations.
Suzanne continues to rely on and reap the benefits of a regular personal mindfulness practice, and she brings her lived experience, engaging style and passion for shared learning into her work with others.