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09 Nov 2022
  • VCCC Alliance

The Balanced Researcher

Are you a researcher struggling with overload, looking to find ways to be more effective with your time?

Join Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns and learn the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

So you're a researcher. Chances are then that you are pretty busy. Firstly there's your research. Writing proposals. Getting ethics approval. Dealing with the paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants and then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that's all before you even get to the actual research. Then there are papers to write, rejection letters to deal with and conferences to attend.

And for most people research is just one of the things you do. You might teach or tutor, run demonstrations, manage a unit or even have another completely different job.

And that's just work. No matter how much you enjoy your research it's a fair bet that there are other parts to your life too. For example, you probably have family or friends, you may have social commitments and you may even have some personal interests.

This workshop describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time and also covers:

  • How to be effective with your time
  • Specific strategies for coping with email overload
  • Picking the right things to work on
  • Dealing with distractions and interruptions
  • How to say NO gracefully
  • Setting boundaries
  • Looking after me


Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns have worked as an award-winning team for the past fifteen years. They are well known as leading practitioners and researchers in cognitive behavioural coaching. As well as publishing ten books that have sold many thousands of copies, they are regular contributors to Australian media, including a popular segment on ABC radio.

Their particular expertise is in working with high performers and they have a long history of providing specialist services to the medical and academic professions.

Maria and Hugh have worked with thousands of doctors and a large number of doctors' organisations across Australia. Currently, they are working with the Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program to roll out the most comprehensive, evidence-based wellbeing programs for GP registrars in Australia.

They have also worked with more than three quarters of Australia's universities. Thousands of PhD students and academics have attended their workshops or bought their books. They have also published in the United Kingdom, and conduct workshops in the United States, UK and Ireland. Three articles based on their work have been published in the journal Nature.

This workshop will incur a $50 commitment to attend fee for medical specialists. Nurses, allied health and researchers are eligible for a 25% discount and students, trainees and consumers are eligible for a 50% discount. This is in place to address attrition and partially offsetting the cost of convening the sessions. Please only register if you are available to attend both sessions. There is also an expectation that 1-2 hours of supplied pre-work will be completed prior to the first workshop.

Wednesday 9 November
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