COVID-19 Weekly Mindfulness Sessions for Doctors

Numbers limited – registration required.


Program Cost


When: 9.30 – 10.30am
Saturdays until further notice


Finding Shelter in the storm of COVID-19

Doctors are experiencing uncertainty, fear, anxiety and stress in the challenge of the current health crisis

An invitation to medical practitioners to join us online to learn more about mindfulness as a tool for living in these difficult times.

How can we find a way to take care of ourselves, to care for our patients and for those we love in the midst of Covid-19?

Join us for the first of a series of online sessions led by Tony Dunin, mindfulness teacher and orthopaedic surgeon, and Jo Dunin, MBSR teacher and insight meditation practitioner.

Click on the register button below to register for free. You will be sent the URL for this Zoom meeting. You do not need to download Zoom to be a part of this workshop.

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.