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Lecture Overview

Whether you are a professional healthcare worker or somebody's primary carer, providing care to others can be both physically and mentally exhausting. This session will look at the concept of resilience and how to avoid burnout through self-care practices and looking after your own wellbeing.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


30 Total Rating(s)
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Ann Simpson
01 Apr 2020

Well presented and informative - some good advice given and steps that help plan your own health priorities to prevent burnout.

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Teresa Cooper
23 Mar 2020

very important and overlooked. good information and easy to understand

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Joceline Balansag
15 Mar 2020

long and very informative

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Anita Robertson
20 Feb 2020


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William Wann
18 Feb 2020

Healthcare can be a hard job. Sometimes there is no praise or recognition for doing well. We don’t know what people are feeling or going through. People will always react differently to the same situation. We need to understand that people who are not going through a great time will have a negative impact on their health and work performance. We need to be able to listen and give assistance where needed and to let the person know that they matter. Positivity creates positivity which then greats higher work performances and outcomes. People matter, carers and patients. It’s important to understand how to build resilience and how to lead someone.

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Sonu merin james
14 Feb 2020


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Joanne Hutton
15 Jan 2020

Enjoyed this lecture hopefully will use it to the best of my ability.

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cherrilyn Clifton
25 Nov 2019

This unit was easy to under stand and relevant to what I was looking for.

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Paul Hudson
15 Nov 2019

Very important complex part of medicine . A great engaging lecture delivered in a very digestible manner which fortunately or unfortunately could be related to personally and professionally. Thank you for sharing your professionalism. Highly regarded learning resource.

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Michael Smith
20 Oct 2019

Learning about caring for the carer