Monday, 2 September 2019

Visual Arts Night 2019

The third and final event on the  Creative Doctors calendar for 2019 is fast approaching!

Visual Arts Night will be held at North Sydney Community Centre on Thursday 3rd October 2019 with a starting time of 7.00pm.

Creative Doctors is pleased to invite medicos of all stripes (including medical students) to show us what they have been doing in the visual arts space during the year. Every year we uncover some amazing talent!

If you are a doctor (past,  present or future) who is also a photographer, a painter, a sculptor, a jeweller, a crafter or a visual artist of any kind,  and you would like to exhibit your work, please contact us to reserve a space.
Our sponsor Judith Babich
 of Active Locums
If you are just  curious to see what your talented medical colleagues, relatives and  friends can do, you are welcome to be in the audience  - just RSVP so that we can get the catering right.

 Judith Babich from Active Locums is sponsoring venue hire and providing light refreshments. Judith has been an unstinting and generous supporter of these events for nearly two decades  It is worth mentioning that she also supports the NSW Doctors Orchestra and the UNSW Medical Students Musical Society

If you are keen to exhibit or just to peek at the show
please RSVP NOW:
by email to
or message Jan on 0425215876

Meanwhile, take a peek below at some examples of work we have exhibited in past years:

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Keeping Burnout at Bay

It's probably fair to say that many of us Creative
Doctors do what we do because of burnout - either in an effort to recover from it or to keep it at bay by maintaining the balance in our lives.

Writing is my thing, but I haven't had much time to do it lately because the sideways pitch of my career has led me to a role that soaks up a lot of my creative juices. I feel a bit lucky that after 3 decades of clinical medicine and immersion in primary care mental health I can now stretch my creative muscles and use that experience to help create podcasts, blogposts, webinars and face-to-face teaching events. 

You can access much of my online activity eMHPrac page of the Black Dog Institute website. But you might like to head straight for the podcast about burnout that we made based on a webinar on the same subject. Happy listening!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Attention Writers! A chance to bring out your bloodthirsty!

Here's an opportunity you mustn't miss - but you'd better start that story right now!

Entries close for the 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award on 31st August.

Never heard of it?
Run by Melbourne-based not-for-profit volunteers Sisters in Crime, the competition has been held annually since 1993 and has been won by a crowd of great writers, many of whom have gone on to build great reputations and have novels published . This year's major prize money is $1060 but its not the money you enter it for - its the glory.

What do you need to do?
First you need to be a woman (sorry guys).
Then you need to write up to 5,000 rivetting and possibly bloodthirsty words of crime fiction in a story with a strong female protagonist.
You can get all the details at the Sisters in Crime website.

For a bit of inspiration you might like to look at this story about the 2018 awards ceremony. There is hope for all of us. 2018's Scarlet Stiletto was won by Philomena Horsley, a medical anthropologist who specialises in autopsies.

You'll notice too that there are more prizes to be had than just the Stiletto. The one that appeals to me the most is the Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award  that comes in the form of a three month residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol. How inspiring would that be!

Go on - you can do it. We both know you've been plotting that crime forever!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Life is like a barstool....

Burnout is alive and well in the medical profession - in fact we may have invented it!

I wrote a blog post about the importance of having more than just medicine in your life recently and I thought it might be a good thing to share with my Creative Doctors colleagues.

Here's the link to the barstool stool post. It comes from a blog called Being Well, an open access blog aimed mostly at a mental health professional audience. It is linked to other password-protected things but you are welcome to read the blog without having to sign in.

Please find below a few shots of some Creative Doctors (and some of their friends) contributing to their own wellbeing at Performers Night at Camelot in past years. More information about the 2019 Performers Night on 15th August  can be found 2 posts back. If you'd like a spot on the bill this year or you'd just like to be in the audience, contact us at We'd love to see you there! 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Invitation to Participate in a Photographic Competition

Michael Lockwood, Creative Director of Out From the Mist, has invited Creative Doctors'  members to participate in this unique photographic competition featuring photographic representations of mental health.

The Bridge - Saturday 8th June 10.45am
Jan Orman
Entries are open to anyone with lived experience of mental illness or those close to them - including health professionals. Photographs will be judged using four criteria - lived experience, relationships, recovery and change.

The competition is being conducted on behalf of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA).

For more information please use this link to go to the competition website