A willingness to commit to attending all classes and the half day session, will ensure the greatest opportunity for achieving maximum benefit from the Mindfulness in Medicine Program.


Program Cost
$800 / person

Term 2, May/June 2019

Thursday evenings
7pm – 9pm
2nd May
9th May
16th May
23nd May
30th May
6th June
13th June
20th June
All day 2nd June
9 AM to 4 PM

Why Mindfulness For Doctors?

Medicine is a very rewarding profession but is inherently stressful.

The 2013 Beyond Blue study into doctors’ mental health demonstrated very high levels of psychological distress and burnout.

Doctors suffering from burnout have a higher medication error rate that can lead to adverse patient outcomes.

Mindfulness has been well documented as being effective in managing stress and burnout amongst medical practitioners. It has also been shown to enhance resilience and to improve capacity to be flexible and adaptable in the face of challenges.

Come along to our information seminar for an opportunity to hear more detail about the content of the course and to hear from two doctors who have completed the MBSR course.

About The Course

Mindfulness in Medicine incorporates many of the practices and learning tools that are central to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR. (See note)

Mindfulness in Medicine is an eight week program comprising weekly two-hour sessions and a half-day session in Week 6.

In addition to offering an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, Mindfulness in Medicine offers opportunities for medical practitioners to apply mindfulness in the care of themselves and their patients. This course seeks to develop the following:

  • Clinician health, well being and resilience
  • Skillful attentive observation, curiosity, and presence
  • Caring attitudes towards patients
  • Improved recognition of error-prone situations, reduce medical errors, and improve responsiveness to errors
  • Professionalism and effective responses to lapses in professionalism

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.