Caring for the clinician: A framework and model to thrive as a clinician and shield against burnout

Dr Brett Wiener1

1The Sports & Spinal Group/Osteopathy Australia, Brighton, Australia

This clinician well-being model is aimed at creating a monumental language shift for all allied health. By better understanding the science of what creates prosperous careers, practitioners can engage in refining their already thriving work, or re-enchant medicine for the individuals who have forgotten what a privilege and how much it means to help others.Although several interventions have been proposed to address the well-being of medical practitioners, they have been aimed primarily at identifying and treating burnout or depression, rather than promoting clinician well-being.

Osteopathy Australia completed a survey to better understand the factors which impact the well-being of the clinician and student community. Combining this with evidence from other industries, the Caring For The Clinician Framework has been designed. This framework outlines a range of different domains and factors which impact the well-being of the practitioners and students. Building on this framework and utilising positive psychology concepts such as strengths, deliberate practice, flow, empathy and prosocial behaviour, an engaging and interactive e-learning, professional development platform for understanding the science and practical approaches to enhance well-being and reduce rates of burnout has begun to be utilised by the profession.

The model hypothesises, that if we are able to engage practitioners in better understanding and educating themselves about the science of well-being, as well as empower them with practical proficiencies, we not only reduce the chance of burnout, but can enhance practitioner’s subjective well-being. The framework and education platform is trying to empower practitioners to not only build their own well-being, but subsequently utilise these skills to assist the healing process of patient’ as well.


Brett graduated from Victoria University in 2013 and graduated from his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at The University Of Melbourne with first class honours. He demonstrates a wealth of knowledge in the science of what it means for individuals, groups and institutions to thrive. This is a result of a progressive accumulation of experience working in the health and wellness industry. Brett has had experience across domains including strength and conditioning, nutrition and Osteopathic therapy. He is a proud husband, father and director at The Sports And Spinal Group who values authentic, high quality connections with his colleagues, friends and family.

Brett strongly believes that if you don’t have the awareness, deep understanding and skills to put your own oxygen mask on first in both your personal and work life, then your ability to help others is immediately diminished. With the approaching rapid growth in the Osteopathic profession, he believes that it is now time to entrench a model to better understand clinician well-being within the context of Osteopathy and how that model can translate to practical, preventative strategies at both a systemic and individual level to prevent burnout and attrition from our profession in the future. He believes that with some contextual tinkering, this framework and intervention strategy can be utilised across the entire allied health sector in the future.

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