PDS Speakers

Minky Van Der Walt

Minky van der Walt is a RMT and RGIMT with expertise in chronic stress and post-traumatic mental health. In witnessing the work impacts on health professionals and educators over 20 years, Minky has become a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of helping professionals, whom she supports in her private practice Tempo Therapy & Consulting.

Workshop Details

Beyond self care: a workshop in career sustainability for RMTs

The last few years have been tough for health professionals. If anything, these challenges have highlighted just how much the situations and the relationships in which we find ourselves, at home, at work and in between, impact us and our ability to do our job well.

We matter; and when we find ourselves working in overwhelmed systems and organizations, we need to acknowledge that individual workers are not the problem.

Incorporating concepts from interpersonal neurobiology, Gestalt theory and trauma stewardship, this workshop will divert the problematic notion of self-care away from the setup of individual culpability and focus on an exploration of a relational approach to career sustainability for RMTs: what is happening within, between and around us?

Some of the questions we will explore will include:

  • What is your lived experience of being a RMT?
  • How does your work impact you? Do you know?
  • Does the system in which you work support your wellbeing?
  • How can you have a sustainable career?
  • How do you support your mental health in the context of your work?
  • Who are your supports?

Through discussion, quiet reflection and opportunities for creative expression, this experiential workshop will take a deep dive into your experiences of what it means to be well and have a sustainable career.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia, and pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the importance of connection to culture, land, kinship and community to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families. We acknowledge the cultural practices and traditions still carried out today and being passed down to future generations.