Originally 21 - 22 March 2020
due to Covid-19 now
Postponed to 6 & 7 March 2021
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff, Northern NSW
Proudly sponsored by:
** Due to the global situation regarding coronavirus, this conference has now been
postponed to 6 & 7 March 2021 **
** Please scroll down for information on our online program **
What's it about?
If we are to progress research into veterinary wellbeing and attempt to find effective solutions that can help prepare and empower veterinary professionals like you to deal with the realities of working within it, we need to delve deeper into the real-life issues that are hindering wellbeing.
Dealing with 'band-aid' solutions or 'tip of the iceberg' situations is extremely unlikely to generate significant, lasting, psychological change. We need to get to the core or root of the problem and deal with these issues (as uncomfortable as they may be for some people) if we want things to change effectively. The reality is that whether you acknowledge the sad, hurtful, and even traumatic things that have happened in your lives or not, it doesn't change the reality of what happened. The more you avoid dealing with them, the bigger and more powerful they can seem.
As well as seeking individual support with a qualified professional where necessary, what is needed are effective proven and beneficial programs being provided to assist you in dealing with the everyday demands of your profession - a psychological toolbox of resources you can refer to when required.
That's why the Coping and Wellbeing Program for Veterinary Professionals was developed for both guided intervention and self-help support. Built from evidence-based theory and practice, the program is a unique professional development and psycho-educational intervention. It educates veterinary professionals on how to develop protective attitudes, enhance wellbeing, and subsequently increase their coping skills.
What will you learn?
Using a range of strategies that are relatively straightforward and easy to implement, attendance at the conference will help you to deal with unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. You'll learn a range of proven strategies that you can apply in all aspects of your life including:
communication and assertiveness
goal setting, and
The conference will provide you with a holistic approach to wellbeing by not only focusing on tacking the psychological ill-health considerations, but also offering proactive solutions for those who may not currently be experiencing symptoms of distress, but who desire to maintain your current levels of wellbeing.
Does it work?
The core content of the Coping and Wellbeing Program is based on a doctoral research program, and early outcome research on the program's effectiveness has shown a significant decrease in symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and negative effect - all of which are contributing factors to psychological wellbeing.
Following participation in the program, vets also indicated they were better able to cope with the demands of their everyday lives once they had learnt the strategies taught, and they felt better about themselves.
About your speaker/s
Dr Hamilton is an author, international speaker, psychologist, and leading worldwide authority on veterinary wellbeing. She successfully completed doctoral research into veterinarian wellbeing and suicide in 2016 and created her Coping & Wellbeing Program for Veterinary Professionals to provide veterinary professionals with the tools needed to confidently handle stress and overwhelm, and increase levels of wellbeing. She is continuing her research and is currently completing her second doctorate - this time a PhD.
Dr Hamilton is a popular and sought-after speaker for conferences and events and has over a decade of experience working professionally within the veterinary industry.
We are also thrilled to announce our guest speakers, currently:
Ms Mikaela Dahlstrom - Exercise Physiologist
Mr Tony Dunne - Leadership Executive
Dr Mina Hamilton - Royal Canin
Ms Audra Starkey - Nutritionist & Author
Dr Claire Stevens - Veterinarian & Author
Dr Gary Turnbull - Veterinarian / The Lincoln Institute
Conference schedule and location
The conference will be held over two days as follows:
9.00am to 5.00pm (AEST) - Saturday 6 March 2021
9.00am to 3.00pm (AEST) - Sunday 7 March 2021
Peppers Salt Resort and Spa is located just south of the Qld/NSW border approximately 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport. The resort is perfectly situated within a stones-throw of the beautiful beaches around Kingscliff and Casuarina, and has some magnificent facilities onsite.
Delegate-only accommodation rates are available and will be forwarded to you upon receipt of your conference registration.
$397.00 - Early-bird registration (prior to 31 December 2019) (save $100!!)
$497.00 - Standard registration (from 1 January 2020)
Registration fee includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on 6 March 2021, and morning tea and lunch on 7 March 2021. Travel, accommodation, and other meals or expenses are not included.
We are proud to be exclusively supporting Dr Hamilton's charity "Love Your Pet Love Your Vet".
As this conference has now been postponed to 6-7 March 2021, registrations have been re-opened for the new event dates. Please note that all registered delegates from the original 21-22 March 2020 dates will be automatically be transferred to the postponed dates on 6-7 March 2021. Therefore there is no need to re-register.
For enquiries, sponsorship opportunities, or further information please contact us.
Please also note our event cancellation terms here.
In the meantime you can express your interest in joining our 10-week evidence-based online program, facilitated by leading worldwide authority in veterinary wellbeing, Psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton. The program runs on Wednesday evenings from 7.00-8.00pm AEST, and entails weekly 'live' learning sessions with Dr Hamilton based on her evidence-based Coping and Wellbeing Program for Veterinary Professionals - including some bonus sessions on imposter syndrome, compassion fatigue, and burnout!
You can register for the conference below, or complete our contact form to express your interest in attending the 10-week online program.