Can we Embed a Wellness Program Into a Busy Emergency Department?

The 2018 International Mental Health Conference is almost upon us again, this year the conference will be held over the 8th – 10th August at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and latest policies.

Dr Shahina Braganza, Emergency Physician, Gold Coast Health joins us at the conference to discuss ‘oneED – Can we Embed a Wellness Program Into a Busy Emergency Department?’

Dr Shahina Braganza


oneED is a wellness program based on mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness was selected as a vehicle due to its strong neuroscientific evidence base, not only for wellness but for attention focus control and thereby its potential to translate into clinical skills, technical and non-technical.

Other attributes of this program which contribute to its feasibility and sustainability are: simple, brief, low-intensity practices embedded into the shift, and inclusivity of all staff, clinical and non-clinical.

OneED has been positively received by staff, and interest in the program is growing.


Shahina Braganza is a senior staff specialist in Emergency Medicine at Gold Coast Health, Queensland. She has previously also been a Director of Clinical Training, supporting hospital-wide prevocational doctors. She is passionate about “non-technical” skills in medicine and has a particular interest in professionalism, communication and emotional situational awareness. She also has a keen interest in wellbeing and resilience in the context of performance. Her portfolio in the ED includes interprofessional education, ED-mental health service liaison, various commitments with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, and she is founder of oneED Wellness project. Find her work on

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