Tales of mental agility and resilience

  • Learn resilience strategies from these remarkable Avant members, to apply in your own medical practice.

    Facilitated by Avant’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Wright and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mark Woodrow, Avant is proud to present this curated Q&A series featuring Dr Lydia Johns Putra, Dr Richard “Harry” Harris and Dr Dan Pronk, each with a lived experience of working in a crisis.

    These accomplished doctors will share their extraordinary stories of performing under pressure, and how they not only coped, but developed stronger mental agility and a resilient mindset.

    Dr Lydia Johns Putra

    Lydia, a Ballarat urologist, was part of a team who rescued a man trapped in a collapsed building during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. As aftershocks continued, she performed bilateral leg amputation using only a hacksaw and pocket knife. She was awarded the New Zealand Bravery Decoration in 2014.

    Dr Richard “Harry” Harris SC OAM

    2019 joint Australian of the Year, anaesthetist and cave diver, Harry, was recognised for his role in the 2018 Thailand cave rescue. His experience has been popularised by the movie, Thirteen Lives and several documentaries. Harry now advocates for sensible risk taking in young people, to build resilience and improve mental health.

    Dr Dan Pronk

    Dan is co/author of best-sellers, The Resilience Shield  and The Combat Doctor, and a former SAS and Commandos Regimental Medical Officer, serving in Timor Leste and Afghanistan. Dan regularly presents to military, government, and corporate groups on resilience in high-consequence environments, and provides remote medical support on reality TV shows, including SAS Australia.



    Tuesday, 9 May 2023 6:00pm

    John Halbert Room, Adelaide Oval

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    Wednesday, 10 May 2023 6:00pm

    Arthur Streeton Auditorium, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

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    Thursday, 11 May 2023 6:00pm

    The Piper Rooms, Ovolo Woolloomooloo

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    Tuesday, 16 May 2023 6:00pm

    Frangipani Ballroom, Emporium Hotel South Bank

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    Wednesday, 17 May 2023 6:00pm

    Ballroom 1, Level 2, The Westin Perth

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    Wednesday, 24 May 2023 6:00pm

    The Henry Jones Art Hotel

    Registrations now closed

  • FAQs

    • “An integrative concept that characterizes quality of life with respect to an individual’s health and work-related environmental, organizational, and psychosocial factors.

      Well-being is the experience of positive perceptions and the presence of constructive conditions at work and beyond that enables workers to thrive and achieve their full potential” 1

      Your well-being is vital to a patient’s outcome. Assess your well-being and compare your results nationally.

    • The Well-Being Index tracks your results over time. This allows you to correlate changes in well-being results to life events. Based upon these results, the tool provides resources when they are needed the most.

      Compare your scores to others nationally
      The most accurate way to assess your well-being is to compare your results to others on a national level. This allows you to see in which areas you exceed and which areas you are at higher risk compared to your peers by reference to Australian and New Zealand National Norms.

      Access free resources
      We strive to provide the best education and awareness through resources. After completing the Well-Being Index, you will have access to both national and local resources across multiple categories and topics.

    • No. The data is completely anonymous. Avant does not have access to any of your identifiable information or responses to the survey. Avant does receive a report which outlines de-identified group data such as trends in results, but not individual data. All of the data provided to Avant is aggregated and will have no impact on any product or services offered to members.

    • QR Code: Use this QR code which you can scan from your device and then your invitation access code – HRTAU


    • Yes. Anyone can download the app from Google play or the Apple store.

      To download the Australian version you will need to scan the QR code above and use the code HRTAU.

    • The range of possible WBI scores is -2 to 9. If you are thriving you will score 0 for the 7 yes/no questions about the last month, and then if you say you find your job very meaningful you have a further point deducted from your WBI, and similarly if you answer very positively for the other Likert scale question you will have another point deducted, giving you -2. Conversely if everything is terrible, you can score a maximum of 9 (7 for the yes/no questions plus one point for each negative Likert-scale question).

    • The WBI predicts the risk for 6 of the following domains in each version of the tool:

      • • Likelihood of burnout
      • • Risk of medical error
      • • Quality of life
      • • Sense of meaning in work
      • • Severe fatigue
      • • Risk of suicidal thoughts
      • • Work-life integration
      • • Meaning in work

    • Well-being changes over time due to many factors. We want to provide the most up-to-date data to allow you to see how you compare to your peers nationally. 2022 data for Australasia now available.

    • No, the numbers will be updated in certain time increments (one to two years), and only if there is a high enough sample size for the data to be considered valid.

    • Yes, however we encourage the use of the app on the phone, so you will have access to resources 24 hours a day.

      Below is the URL access to use on your desktop computer app.mywellbeingindex.org/landing-page/hrt-au

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