Joining Virtually

Dr. Tait Shanafelt is the chief wellness officer, associate dean, and Jeanie and Stewart Richie Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Shanafelt’s is a hematologist/oncologist whose clinical work focuses on the care of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  He served a 7-year term on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Leukemia Steering Committee from 2014-2020 and has been principal investigator on four R01 grants from the NCI, including two active R01s.  He has been the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials testing new treatments for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia including two national phase three trials for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG).  He has published >475 peer review manuscripts and commentaries in addition to more than 200 abstracts and book chapters.

In addition to his leukemia research, Tait is an international thought leader and researcher in the field of physician well-being and its implications for quality of care.  His pioneering studies in this area over 20 years ago are credited with helping launch the entire field of organizational efforts to promote physician well-being. He previously served as the founding director of the Mayo Clinic Program on Physician Well-being and served a 3-year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013- 2016.  In 2017, he moved to Stanford where he leads the WellMD Center.  He is a member of the American College of Physicians Taskforce on Physician Well-being and the National Academy of Medicine Committee on System Approaches to Support Clinician Well-being.  He has helped hundreds of organizations and their leaders work to improve burnout and promote professional fulfillment for physicians. Dr. Shanafelt has served as a keynote speaker to the AMA, ACGME, AAMC, and ABIM.  Tait’s studies in this area have also been cited in CNN, USA Today, U.S. News, and the New York Times. In 2018, he was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in healthcare.


Joining Virtually

Dr Helen Garr is Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health, a national service supporting doctors and
dentists with mental health and addiction difficulties. Helen has a background in psychology and nursing prior to entering medicine and utilises her psychology interest to underpin her work as a coach and mentor for doctors. She is a Public Health England Clinical Champion for physical activity and a Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Helen is a recognised leader in the field of health care professional wellbeing and has delivered many national
keynote speeches and wellbeing workshops. She is also Nottinghamshire LMC Wellbeing lead and sits on the RCGP National wellbeing working group and BMA wellbeing stakeholders committee. Alongside her keen interest in wellbeing, Helen can be found running half marathons (slowly), walking her chocolate Labrador called Eileen and can be found on social media @TheWellbeingGP.


Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in
July 2020. She brings to this role nearly 30 years of work as a rural generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a
general practice obstetrician and 20 years’ experience in rural medical education.
Professor Stewart lives in the rural and remote town of Roma in Queensland. She has extensive experience in the
field of rural health.


Sharee is a registered Psychologist, Executive Coach, Author and Meditation Teacher. She is the founder of Coaching for Doctors, Australia’s first coaching practice dedicated solely to doctor development.

She has been working as a psychologist for nearly 30 years and has spent the past eight years deep in conversation with doctors, individually and in groups, seeking to understand their experience of work and their goals for their own futures and the future of the health system.

She has taken to heart the finding that healthy providers of healthcare achieve better health outcomes for patients and have happier, longer-term careers

All of Sharee’s work is about giving individual people the skills they need to have a long term sustainable career in health that is fulfilling and joyful. She would like to think doctors can feel hope and love in their work.

Sharee has become an advocate for doctors. Her new book The Thriving Doctor will be out in November

Sharee believes that by collectively raising everyone’s skills, including doctors, in emotional intelligence, emotional regulation, leadership, mindfulness and compassion, we will change the way we “do” healthcare for everyone’s benefit.

She has worked across all levels of government, in the private and not for profit sectors and until 2020 ran her busy private counselling practice in Sale.

In 2011 Sharee’s husband Tim died of cholangiocarcinoma. Her lived experiences with Tim during that four-year journey together with cancer, including palliative care, informs her practice every day.

She is the proud mother of their three amazing young people.


Dr Parnis is a Consultant Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He was a recipient of the Cody Scholarship in 1983 and attended Xavier College from 1983-86. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1992 and obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2007, subsequently serving on the Trainee Selection and Public Health Committees of ACEM.

Dr Parnis served as the President of AMA Victoria from 2012-14, the Chair of the AMA Council of Salaried Doctors from 2011-14 and was a member of the AMA Federal Council from 2011 to 2016. Dr Parnis was the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association from 2014 to 2016.

In his clinical and leadership roles, Dr Parnis has played a prominent role at State and National levels in progressing public health, ethical and professional matters. In late 2017, Dr Parnis led the campaign against the parliamentary bill which subsequently legalised assisted suicide and euthanasia in the State of Victoria. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, Dr Parnis’ opinion as a medical leader has been sought by political & public health leaders & his perspectives have been frequently highlighted in the media.

Dr Parnis is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and joined the Boards of The Medical Insurance Group of Australia (MIGA) in 2019.

Following more than a decade in leadership roles for the profession, Dr Parnis was honoured with Fellowship of the AMA at the 2014 National Conference.

Dr Parnis is married to Dr Fiona Reilly, a Paediatric Emergency Physician, and is the proud father of three children aged 22, 20 & 14.


Mandy is CEO and Managing Director of MIGA, a national medical indemnity provider.

Mandy has an extensive career  with extensive experience in insurance, reinsurance, risk management, general business management and strategic planning with a specific emphasis on professional indemnity, general liability and medical malpractice insurance. She also has significant experience in the development and successful implementation of major partner and stakeholder relationships.

Mandy joined MIGA just prior to the medical indemnity crisis in 2001.  She has not only successfully guided MIGA and its members through the most difficult and challenging time in its history, but the organisation has grown across this period into a strong national organisation with an excellent reputation for quality advice, personal support and professionalism.

MIGA is a medical defence organisation which was formed in 1899.  Its head office is in South Australia and it has branch offices across Australia.

MIGA provides indemnity insurance and a range of services and benefits to doctors, medical students, privately practising midwives and healthcare companies.