The Balanced Medics' Handover Podcast

The Balanced Medics' Handover Podcast

Are you a health professional seeking change in your work life? If so, this is the right podcast for you. The Handover looks to explore the journeys of people who have changed their life within health through beating burnout, changing specialities, going non-clinical or doing something completely different! The options are limitless. Your host, Isabella, has transitioned from clinical to non-clinical work and hopes to help in your transition to find a life that is right for you. Visit to find out more!


June 3, 2023 32 mins

Our guest Dr Eunice Chou, is a doctor from New Zealand and digital nomad. She is currently exploring the world and sharing videos of her life on YouTube!

We discuss:

- Why she became a digital nomad & how she is doing it

- Her plans for her year off

- Why she decided to take the year off

- Burnout

- Her experience as a junior doctor

- How she’s exploring what she really wants to do in life

- The reactions of others to her year ...

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Our guest Dr Sonia Henry is a GP and published author, passionate about welfare of doctors, improving health equity, especially in remote Australia and First Nations health. Her first book 'Going Under' was an Australian best seller and her memoir 'Put Your Feet In The Dirt, Girl' is going to be released on May 30.

Sonia came on to discuss her alternative path in medicine and new book!

We discuss:

- Her writing jour...

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Dr Emily Amos came on the pod to talk about her portfolio career, and share how this approach can create greater fulfilment & balance in our life. Dr Amos is a General Practitioner, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 200hr yoga teacher, university tutor and registered mindfulness meditation teacher. She also hosts the podcast, talking about what’s good for our mind, body and soul.

We discuss:

- wha...

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Dr Violet Kieu is a consultant Gynaecologist specialising in fertility, reproductive endocrinology, and fertility preservation. She is also a writer, and shares all about fertility medicine through her blog Freeze Fertility.

We discuss

  • Why she chose fertility medicine
  • Societal factors in making life choices, especially medicine
  • Requirements in becoming a fertility specialist
  • Her typical day
  • All about her writing

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This episode we are lucky to have Rachel Clark, a medical science liaison (MSL) with 20 years experience in this role. She generously shared all about this profession and how this position can open up doors for you in many industries and other roles.

It’s a great option for those without medical registration, like new graduates or interns.

We discuss

  • What is an MSL
  • The day-to-day activities
  • The industries you can work in - ...
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This episode we are lucky to have Dr Chelsea Turgeon here to talk about her amazing journey from O&G trainee (resident) to digital nomad, healthcare career coach, author and podcaster. Chelsea quit training to pursue her own path and now works to help others find their own fulfilment in career and life.

We discuss

  • External validation
  • The moment she decided to drop out of residency and bought a one-way ticket to South Kor...
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Dr Antonia Reale holds an MD & PhD, with a special interest in multiple myeloma, she kindly came onto the pod to talk about what being a medical scientist is all about. 

We discuss:

  • Balancing motherhood with medicine and completing a PhD
  • What a research scientist is & what a medical scientist is (applied research)
  • The requirements to be a research scientist and medical scientist
  • “Typical” work hours in resea...
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This episode we are lucky to speak with Dr Hilton Koppe: writer, workshop facilitator, podcaster and doctor living on Bundjalung land on the east coast of Australia. Hilton facilitates reflective writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burnout. Hilton’s memoir, One Curious Doctor, explores the personal impact of ...

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April 8, 2023 28 mins

This episode we are lucky to have Dr Jo Braid as our special guest. Dr Braid is a rehab specialist, who is also a coach that supports healthcare professionals work through topics such as imposter syndrome, burnout, fear of failure and more. We discuss:

  • Imposter syndrome 
  • The 5 different types of imposter syndrome
  • How to recognise it
  • How to care for ourselves when experiencing it

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From rural town and life-changing accident to doctor with interest in pain medicine and public health. Dr Caitlin Gorry proves we are more than medics. She left residency to pursue cosmetic medicine, cannabis prescribing, problem-based learning tutoring for medical students and more. 

Note: since recording this episode, Dr Gorry now is self-employed. 

We discuss:

  • Her life-changing accident
  • Working as a doctor with an invisib...
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This episode we have the great privilege of having Dr Una as our guest. Dr Una is a real force of nature, paediatrician, author, entrepreneur, and creator of EntreMD. On a mission to change the culture of medicine and help 100,000 U.S physicians live life and practice medicine on their own terms.

We discuss:

  • That feeling of wanting more in medicine
  • Starting your own business
  • How introverts can learn the skill of spee...
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This episode we're speaking all about living la vida locum with Go Locum co-founder Phoebe Bardsley & Dr Ed Stoios.

We discuss:

  • The how, what, why & where of locum work
  • Tips on how to keep references current
  • What the requirements are - usually you'll need three references, ideally from doctors you have worked with within the last 12 months
  • The pros & cons
  • Remuneration + tax/superfunds
  • How Go Loc...
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Welcome back! This episode we're lucky to be speaking with Dr Lara Hochman, a family medicine physician and advocate for physician wellbeing. Dr Hochman created Happy Day Health – a boutique physician matchmaking agency that matches doctors with practices that align with their values & needs. Dr Lara Hochman helps medics transition from burnout to enjoying practicing medicine again.

She's also a co-author of the book Made for m...

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This episode we're speaking all about skin cancer medicine and finding your niche with Dr Marjia (Maryjka) Johns. Dr Johns is a GP with specialty interest in skin cancer medicine, sexual health and paediatrics. 

We discuss:

  • The stigma around choosing GP training
  • Skin cancer medicine and how to further your training in it
  • How skin cancer medicine can be a great option without a previous specialty as the Skin Cancer Col...
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February 26, 2023 26 mins

Welcome back!

This episode we chat with Dr Claire Noonan, a GP with a special interest in human psychology and the ability to facilitate transformation through therapy.

Dr Claire offers group therapy, workshops including one focused on Impostor syndrome and retreats through Clarity Lane. Her next retreat is in partnership with the Burnout Project by Dr Amy Imms in March 2023, called “Healing the Healers”.

We discuss:

  • Why she ...
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This episode we chat with Dr Gemma Woolley, a doctor that left residency to pursue an exciting career in cosmetic medicine. Listen to hear all about Dr Gemma's unconventional journey in medicine, about to become a professional snowboarder she decided to be a doctor instead! Then a life-changing diagnosis of a family member made her reassess her career journey.

We discuss:

  • Exploring the options in medical school
  • Physician anx...
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Welcome back to The Balanced Medics' Handover Podcast. Today we're talking with Dr Jessica Wells, a Public Health Physician. 

We're going to be discussing:

  • Dr Well's journey to work in Public Health
  • What Public Health is
  • The requirements needed to join the training program - there have been changes since this podcast was recorded and now up to 12 months of a Master’s degree (or equivalent) will be considered if it inc...
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Today, we're talking about designing a life that's right for you and your values. And who better to have on the show to talk about this than Cath Nolan? Catherine is an award-winning coach, a celebrated advocate for gender equality and inclusion, an international speaker and 4 x bestselling writer. Catherine has spent the past 20 years helping people to dream without limits and create a life that aligns with their val...

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January 28, 2023 36 mins

This episode we're speaking with our inspirational guest, Dr Amy Imms, a medical doctor, mother of 5, and founder of The Burnout Project

During her GP training, Dr Imms found herself in the midst of burnout with very little resources available. This experience pushed her to start a new mission of providing for others what she could not find for herself. The Burnout Project was born and for the past 6 years she has worked to raise a...

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This episode we discuss physician burnout and how it can affect our partners. Who better to have on as a guest than my own husband?

During internship and residency I was suffering from a deep burnout while also being a newlywed, oh and the pandemic hit in my second month as a junior doc.

The strain of my burnout, the pressures of the job, COVID-19 and being newly married wasn't easy. 

Today we have an open conversation about:

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