Pencil and Notebook

Beyond the Patient Record

Reflective Writing as Burnout Prevention for

Healthcare Practitioners


Presented by Hilton Koppe, family physician and writer

Dr. Hilton Koppe practices family medicine in Australia where he also writes and leads workshops for physicians. 

Thursday, Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30pm EST


(proceeds go to support Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing)

"Beyond the patient record – Reflective writing as burnout prevention for health practitioners."


And now for something completely different…..


As health practitioners, we are involved in writing “stories” every day. The patient clinical record is our interpretation of our patients’ stories (History) and a summary of our response to this (Examination and Management Plan).


This record does not allow for much creativity on the part of the writer, and is very limited in its ability to assist the health practitioner in making sense of what has gone on for them at a personal level.


To assist in remedying this problem, Dr Hilton Koppe, a family medicine practitioner from Australia and Lead Medical Educator with Dementia Training Australia, is presenting a burnout prevention workshop for health practitioners, using creative writing as the tool. 


The workshop will allow participants an opportunity to experience the use of stories and writing as a means of helping them to better manage some of the more challenging aspect of their working lives, and to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a health practitioner.


Practical yet simple writing exercises will guide participants through a series of creative tasks which will assist them in reflecting on the effect clinical practice has on their lives with the goal of increasing their enjoyment of work, and of life in general. The workshop has been designed to reduce professional isolation, burnout and compassion fatigue.


Most of all, it will be an opportunity for some light hearted fun with colleagues, so please bring along humility, a sense of curiosity and a pen.

In this webinar you're invited to 


If you're a healthcare practitioner in need a self-care, tools and community, please join us for this online generative session. Register here today for only $25!

Dr Hilton Koppe is a family doctor in Lennox Head, a small village on the east coast of Australia. Hilton combines his clinical work with an active role in medical education. 


Since 2003, Hilton has been running creative writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing the risk of burn out. Hilton is regularly invited to present these workshops around Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. 

Hilton's creative writing has been published with a number of journals and magazines, including Snapdragon JournalClick here to hear Hilton speaking about how a country GP with no experience as a writer came to be running writing workshops.