One Day Mindfulness Intensive

For Doctors and
Medical Students

Sunday 22nd September 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm



Intensive Cost
$440 / person*

(*If you do the MBSR course you are eligible for a 50% discount.)

Venue: Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place
East Melbourne

Supported by AMA Victoria    

Medicine is a very rewarding profession but is inherently stressful. Up to 40% of doctors in Australia suffer from burnout.

The health system needs to change to make hospitals places of greater kindness and compassion for staff as well as patients.

But what can you do to help yourself?

Mindfulness has been well documented as being effective in countering the effects of stress and burnout by enhancing resilience and improving capacity to be flexible and adaptable in the face of challenges.

Come to an all day introduction to mindfulness specifically for the needs of the medical profession.

Themes discussed during the intensive will include:

  • Exploring the increasing prevalence of burnout and its causes
  • Cultivating presence and improved responsiveness to suffering
  • Promoting compassion and self care
  • Becoming more skilful in dealing with complex patients
  • Responding wisely to medical errors
  • Flourishing and rekindling a meaningful relationship with your work

This intensive will give an introduction to mindfulness. It is recommended that if you wish to gain the lasting benefits of mindful practice that you enrol in the 8 week MBSR course commencing on 16th October.

The day will be facilitated by Tony Dunin, orthopaedic surgeon and Jo Dunin both of whom have been teaching mindfulness to doctors in Melbourne hospitals. They also conduct the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course regularly at the Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness in East Melbourne.

Tony is a senior orthopaedic surgeon in Melbourne. He has had a long-term interest in teaching in medicine. He has been teaching medical students and registrars at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne for  over 30 years. He also teaches direct anterior hip replacement surgery to orthopaedic surgeons both nationally and internationally.

He has held leadership positions with the Australian Orthopaedic association including being Chairman AOA Victorian branch .

Tony first participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2008 in order 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.

In 2009 he attended a  mindfulness workshop given by Jon Kabat-Zinn ,the founder of MBSR. 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 Department of Psychiatry and the University of Melbourne.

Tony has been teaching MBSR to staff at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2012. Tony and his spouse, Jo set up The Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness in East Melbourne 2 years ago and now conduct a course specifically designed for doctors called “ Mindfulness in Medicine”

Dr Tony Dunin

Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, MB BS FRACS (Orth) F.A.Orth.A.


MBSR was established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program was developed for people suffering chronic illness and stress that was not responsive to conventional medical treatment. MBSR introduces participants to a range of mindfulness practices that foster awareness, acceptance and compassion towards their own internal experiences including thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and behaviours. There has been a significant body of research that demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of MBSR. This course, Mindfulness in Medicine, uses MBSR as its foundation for introducing medical practitioners to the benefits of mindfulness in their personal and professional lives.