Reclaiming compassion: How one GP survived burnout

Dr Richard Mayes is sharing his story to help other doctors struggling to manage their own compassion
Dr Mayes
Dr Mayes (2nd from left) attends a dance class. Photo: Movement Zone Dance Studio, Castlemaine

Rural GP Dr Richard Mayes loved being the most devoted, caring and available doctor he possible could be for his community in central Victoria. But he was forced to leave when his commitment to his patients started coming at the expense of his family and mental wellbeing.

His journey back was a long and complicated one — involving an unusual new hobby. Now, he is sharing his story to help other doctors hoping to conquer burnout and master their own sense of compassion.