Burnout in medical professionals. Coping with conflict and post pandemic

Dr Roger Sexton


Doctors have to navigate their way through a long list of workplace hazards on a daily basis and are expected to carry a very significant clinical, academic and administrative burden whilst adapting to demanding work practices and workplaces. The Covid pandemic has added an additional personal dimension to this. This presentation will explore how burnout can arise in the setting of a busy personal and professional life . The contributing factors to burnout and effective ways that sustainable doctors remain personally and professionally well and productive will be discussed.


Dr Roger Sexton has trained and worked as a rural procedural GP across South Australia for many years.

He helped establish the SA rural doctors’ health program in 2000 and is the inaugural Medical Director of the SA doctors’ health program (from 2010) and the NT program since 2016.

This program has become nationally recognised for its work in doctors’ health education and innovative clinical service delivery, especially for rural doctors.

He has broad system experience through his roles as Presiding Member of the Medical Board of SA, member of the PBAC and board director of NPS MedicineWise.He currently sits on the boards of MIGA (as Deputy Chair), Doctors Health Services P/L, GPEx (SA’s GP training organisation) and the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network.

He completed his MBA in Glasgow in 2015 and enjoys rural farming, walking and music.