Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne
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This year has been vastly different than originally anticipated, yet rich learnings can emerge from such challenging circumstances. Within the veterinary profession, how can we support veterinarians to look after their clients and animals whilst generating revenue sustainably for the practice? How can we support businesses to support veterinary professionals? And what are some tools for veterinarians to assist with their own self-care?
Join the Melbourne Veterinary School for this important panel discussion. The panel will discuss the ‘square of stakeholders’ as it relates to veterinary wellbeing; comprising the client, animal, business and veterinary professional, and some support strategies for each stakeholder group. This will lead to an overview of the benefits of mindfulness and a guided mindfulness meditation. The opportunity will be available to ask questions.
Practising veterinarians will earn one structured Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point by attending this session. A confirmation email of attendance will be provided after the session for use as evidence in reporting CPD.
The panel discussion will be led by Dr Cathy Warburton, University of Melbourne veterinary alum (MVS 1997) and Veterinary Well-Being Consultant and Coach at Make Headway, an organisation she founded to advance veterinary mental health within the veterinary profession.
Dr Warburton will be joined by two accomplished University of Melbourne veterinary alumni Drs Rebecca Faris and Cam Raw, and Clinical Psychologist Vicky Babas.
In lockdown Melbourne, we have been re-acquainting ourselves with our patches of local urban green and blue spaces, discovering that connections with nature are even more important as our personal connections with each other have been limited. Nature-based solutions are increasingly identified to address challenges around health and wellbeing, but also to a number of other aspects such as biodiversity loss, air and noise pollution, heat waves, flooding, and droughts.
In the lead up to next year’s UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity, cities and subnational governments have highlighted their deep concern for “the significant implications that the loss of biodiversity and climate change has on our livelihood and communities”. Cities have important roles to play in conserving biodiversity and ecosystems, both common and threatened species. Cities and subnational governments are calling for ambition and urgency, renewed focus and action that is practical, implementable and measurable. They are calling to mobilise finance, partnerships, multi-level governance and whole of city approaches that include all levels of government, community and private sector.
How is Melbourne tracking in driving nature-based solutions?
This webinar will provide insights into two initiatives at the metropolitan scale and sub-metro scale. Martin Hartigan offers an overview of the strategy ‘Living Melbourne’, a metro-scale urban forest and biodiversity strategy, which was developed by Resilient Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy, and is now being implemented through project approaches around the metro area. Rachel Lopes will discuss ‘The Chain of Ponds collaboration’, an initiative bringing together 17 partner organisations to trial new ways of collaboration. It addresses the challenges of restoring and transforming one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems, the Moonee Ponds Creek Catchment.
Followed by Q&A discussion, moderated by Judy Bush and Sebastian Fastenrath.