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About Dr Susannah Ward 2017-06-02T04:26:44+00:00

In addition to fulfilling my various professional roles, I have a special interest in all things wellness. I speak on and teach mindfulness and yoga and am also involved in wellbeing research.

– Dr Susannah Ward

CREDENTIALS
  • Advanced trainee, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM).

  • Basmajian Prize Winner 2016, AFRM fellowship exams.

  • Bachelor of Medical Science with honours, The University of Sydney.

  • Bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of surgery with honours, The University of Sydney.

  • Certified accredited yoga teacher (200 hours), Yoga Alliance International.

  • Mindfulness practitioner, experienced in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy.

  • Experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

  • Self-proclaimed wellness lover & enthusiast!

A LITTLE FROM DR WARD

Hi, I’m Susannah,

I am a doctor training in rehabilitation medicine and currently working in the Newcastle area of New South Wales, Australia. I am passionate about contributing to a medical culture that: values and supports the holistic health of the community, including health professionals and health industry staff themselves; values compassion and mindfulness as core therapeutic skills; destigmatises mental illness and fosters a safe, nurturing and healing environment.

In addition to fulfilling my various professional roles, I have a special interest in wellness, mindfulness and yoga, which  I speak on and teach.  I am also involved in wellbeing research.

Downtime for me consists of beach runs, listening to house music, practicing yoga, and enjoying time with my two Shih-tzu dogs (Bhava and Vibhi) and wonderful husband, Andrew.

I have struggled for years with anxiety and mental illness, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Having successfully completed most of my specialist medical training, I now feel safe enough professionally to disclose my personal story in the hope of promoting a societal culture that destigmatises mental illness from something to be hidden, ashamed of and deemed incompatible with success and wellness, to a condition faced and accepted by many people who are capable of being well and contributing to society.

Living with and experiencing ill health and adversity does not make anyone invalid; rather it can be richly rewarding and add meaning and value to living.  My suffering has enabled me to experience firsthand being truly unwell and the subsequent journey to wellness.  I now know personally the powerful benefits of holistic health interventions, like self-enquiry, yoga and mindfulness.  Through experimentation with and consistent practice of such skills, I learnt my way to wellness and I am proud say I live a successful and happy life, on my terms and in a way where I am able to meet my needs, embody my values and contribute to the service of others.

The knowledge I have learnt from my training as a scientist and doctor combined with this personal experience of suffering has provided me with a lived understanding of how and why wellness tools work, contribute to wellbeing & serve as perfect health adjuncts to other medical interventions.  I hope to raise awareness of this knowledge and support others to a life of wellness by sharing what I know and continue to learn.

I hope to meet and collaborate with you someday.

Take care,
Susannah

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