Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

To take care of others we first need to take care of our-selves. Yet dentists rarely take time off for themselves when they need it. How can we do our best work when sick?

Dr Annalene Weston is well known for her work in Burnout and Mental Health for dentists and it is our pleasure to have her on the What I wish I Knew podcast again to share something she sees dentists making the mistake of time and time again, not taking care of yourself.

The concept of the Third Space resonated strongly with me as did much of what she had to say in this episode. I hope you take as much from this as I did.

Resources Annalene mentions:


Dr. Annalene Weston

Annalene completed her dental studies and first years of work in the UK before emigrating to Australia. She has worked along the Eastern Seaboard practising in both the public and private sectors, and has added a Masters in Health Law from University of Sydney to her dental qualifications.

Annalene is a dento-legal advisor with Dental Protection, a practicing dentist and a leading speaker on burnout and stress in the dental profession.

We’ve done a feature interview with Annalene which is just excellent! If you haven’t listened yet, please check it out here! She opens the conversation on burnout in the dental profession, an issue that is very real and very important. There are also some amazing links to resources on burnout avaliable in the blog post.

You can get in contact with Annalene through her email below, and as always Dental Protection are always here to help.

Annalene: annalene.weston@dpla.com.au

DPL (membership and dento-legal advice):

Phone 1800 444 542

Online https://www.dentalprotection.org/australia/contact-us/dento-legal-enquiry


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