From 2019 to 2020

Welcome to 2020. 

It’s been a difficult start to the decade for so many of us here in Australia. There’s probably no family that hasn’t been directly or indirectly affected. I pray for healing and hope for the world. 

With such catastrophe happening around us – it’s a good time to reflect on where have come from – and where we are going. What have we achieved in the past year – and we we would like to contribute for the next year and decade. 

It has been 2 years since I started Coach GP. I want to thank each and every person who has faith in me over the past few years as I establish a coaching practice – and for having the courage to try something new.

I thought I’d share some key highlights and data from 2019 with you:

2019 Highlights

It was a busy year for me. Here’s some of the key highlights of Coach GP (ie yours truly) activity in 2019:

  • Coached 86 doctors, 3 allied health professionals and 1 non-health professional
  • Ran two 5 week Imposter Syndrome groups
  • Wrote and delivered a workshop for improving psychological capacity with GP medical educators
  • Conducted a wellbeing workshop for medical students
  • Presented at Creative Careers in Medicine
  • Presented at Sustainable Medicine Symposium at Bond University
  • Participated in a Webinar on Burnout by the Black Dog Institute
  • Wrote and delivered leadership webinars for Practice Managers
  • Participate in a number of podcasts relating to imposter syndrome and other coaching related topics
  • Published articles in MJA Insight+ and a range of other organisations
  • Conducted 2 research projects into self-insight to complete my Masters of Coaching Psychology
  • Joined the Association for Coaching as Deputy Editor of the Coaching Perspectives Magazine

About the doctors I coached

In 2019 I coached 86 doctors from a wide range of locations, specialties and experience.

The vast majority of coaching was conducted online via Zoom. Geographically, clients came from every capital city in Australia plus rural/regional areas in most States and Territories, New Zealand, Singapore and India.

Of the 86 doctors I coached:

  • 29  were GPs or GP registrars (24 and 5 respectively)
  • 10 were BPTs or Advanced Trainees
  • 10 were other JMOs or CMOs
  •  The remainder were comprised of other trainees in pathology, ICU, psychiatry and anaesthetics, fellows from the following specialties: anaesthetics, medical oncology, rheumatology, urology, gastroenterology, ED, general surgery, O&G, dermatology and radiology and non-clinical doctors.

Reasons for coaching

The most common reasons for seeking coaching for included*:

  • Working on managing imposter syndrome and/or building confidence (68%)
  • Making an important career decision (57%)
  • Support with exam confidence/performance (15%)
  • Development of leadership skills (15%)

(*many doctors had more that one issue)

Almost 20% declared a current or past history of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders.

Best feedback ever

I received the best feedback from a FACEM trainee I worked with:

I managed to pass my fellowship exam without hiccups. A process that took a lot of hard work but also something I credit to your help throughout.

You coaching was focused on me as an individual and how my personality and the process of sitting a fellowship exam interacted.  By focusing on systems thinking, you gave me a format I could use to frame my study using my own thought processes.  I will be forever grateful I found someone who not only was able to identify differences in the way I prefer to process information but who was able to find a way to allow me to use this to my advantage. 

I am so grateful to your service and your support.  I have passed on your details to a number of trainees, educators and specialists who I work with in XXX to sing your praises.


If you have been happy with coaching – please spread the word

Kicking off 2020

Many doctors thought they would get value from following individual coaching with group coaching – to develop peer relationships and cement the skills learned and insights gained.

As such I am kicking off group coaching with a reinvented from of group coaching. This is really exciting read about what is happening here

Places are limited so if you are interested join now. Feel free to share with colleagues who may be interested

If you are interested in organising a specific group coaching series for your workplace please get in touch.

For those I am still currently coaching I’m looking forward to seeing you again this year. Otherwise if you have finished with your coaching program please feel free to let me know how you are going!!

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