Resilience on the Run

See below for event dates and locations

Program background

Did you know that junior doctors experience significantly higher rates of burnout, depression and anxiety than the general population?

As a profession, it’s our responsibility to ensure doctors have the appropriate support, throughout their careers, to deal with the challenges of the medical profession. It is with this in mind that AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training researched and developed Resilience on the Run – a first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at equipping young doctors with the resilience and coping skills needed to survive and thrive in medicine.

Resilience on the Run was piloted at Rockhampton Base Hospital in October 2015 and received considerable positive feedback. Hospital administration and interns found the program so helpful that they asked for it to be rolled out again.

Presented by resilience expert Dr Ira van der Steenstraten, the Resilience on the Run program focuses on developing techniques for resilience and mindfulness, better managing interpersonal relationships, navigating difficult scenarios on the job and practical steps for asking for help. Following delivery of the pilot program in 2016, Metro South Health engaged AMA Queensland to deliver the program for 140 interns across Princess Alexandra, Logan and Redlands Hospitals to overwhelmingly positive feedback. By August 2017, close to 370 interns had completed the program including delivery at Gold Coast University, Ipswich and Mackay Hospitals.

In 2017, Queensland Health announced that funding had been allocated in the State Budget to deliver programs to support mental health, increase resilience and promote wellbeing amongst the medical workforce.  The first phase of funding has been allocated to engage AMA Queensland to deliver Resilience on the Run to all medical interns from 2017-2019.

In 2018, AMA Queensland won the 2018 Best Public Health Initiative Award for the Resilience on the Run program delivered to all Queensland medical interns.

Program format and delivery mode

The program can be delivered as a customisable, face-to-face, two-part or three-part workshop series. Each session is 1.5 hours in length and topics include:

  • an introduction to mindfulness and how it can improve well-bring and resilience for doctors in training;
  • developing mindful communication techniques for more effective engagement with others;
  • strategies for dealing with burnout and compassion fatigue;
  • skills for managing challenging scenarios in the workplace e.g. caring for the dying patient or dealing with adverse feedback from a supervisor;
  • practical tips on getting help.

For all Resilience on the Run enquires, contact Lisa O'Donnell or Jennifer Burgess at AMA Queensland on (07) 3872 2222 or email


Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Mackay 24 July 1pm - 2.30pm Session 1 Keswick and St. Bees room, in the ground floor of K Block
Caboolture 27 July 11.45am - 1.15pm Session 1 Education and Skills Centre
Mackay 31 July 1pm - 2.30pm Session 2 Keswick and St. Bees room, in the ground floor of K Block


Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Caboolture 3 August 11.45am - 1.15pm Session 2 Education and Skills Centre
Sunshine Coast / Nambour 7 August 1.30pm - 3pm Group 1, Session 1 SCHI Level 1, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Logan 10 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Security Meeting Room
Sunshine Coast / Nambour 14 August 1.30pm - 3pm Group 1, Session 2 SCHI Level 1, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
RBWH 16 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 1 Seminar Room Education Centre
Logan 17 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Security Meeting Room
Bundaberg 22 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm Session 1 Education Unit Training Room
RBWH 23 August 12noon - 1.30pm Group B, Session 2 Seminar Room Education Centre


Hospital Date Time Group/session Room
Bundaberg 5 September 12.30pm - 2pm Session 2 Education Unit Training Room
Sunshine Coast / Nambour 11 September 1.30pm - 3pm Group 2, Session 1 SCHI Level 1, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Sunshine Coast / Nambour 18 September 1.30pm - 3pm Group 2, Session 2 SCHI Level 1, Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Princess Alexandra16 October11.15am - 1.45pmGroup A, Session 1Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra23 October11.15am - 1.45pmGroup A, Session 2Russell Strong Auditorium
RBWH25 October12noon - 1.30pmGroup C, Session 1Seminar Room Education Centre
Princess Alexandra30 October11.15am - 1.45pmGroup B, Session 1Room 4L.2


RBWH1 November12noon - 1.30pmGroup C, Session 2Seminar Room Education Centre
Princess Alexandra6 November11.15am - 1.45pmGroup B, Session 2Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra20 November11.15am - 1.45pmGroup C, Session 1Room 4L.2
Princess Alexandra27 November11.15am - 1.45pmGroup C, Session 2Room 4L.2