Dr Olivia Ong

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Melbourne
MBBS (Melb), BMedSci, FAFRM (RACP), FFPMANZCA
Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Founder and CEO of drolivialeeong.com, The Heart-Centred Doctor
As a Medical Leadership & Business coach, I help busy, high achieving heart centred doctors avoid burnout and exhaustion, to achieve balanced energy and time flexibility in their life and business/career through my Life Transformation for Doctors program. I offer 1:1 coaching, workshops and speaking engagements on burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in doctors so they can stay in the game longer as a compassionate leader and leave a positive legacy for upcoming generation of young doctors.

As a Leadership & Resilience Speaker, I tell my story of how I overcame a devastating spinal cord injury when I was a resident in 2008 and learnt to walk again functionally with two sticks and a limp after four agonising years. My spinal cord injury taught me a very important life lesson: self-compassion. This is the premise behind my creative business Dr Olivia Lee Ong, The Heart-Centred Doctor.

As an Author, I have just finished writing my book “The Heart-Centredness of Medicine”. I have written it because I have not only seen and heard about way too many doctors who are verging on burn-out due to stress and overwork - I have actually been one of them. I have written my book in the way that I have to help doctors to find their way back home to their heart. I want them to be able to lead the heart-centred lives they truly deserve. My book will be launching on 9th September 2021 which is R U OK? Day.
Medical qualifications
As a Physician specializing in both Rehabilitation and Pain Management, I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004, and I completed my Rehabilitation Specialist training in 2016. I completed my Pain Specialist training in 2018.
Reading books, watching Marvel movies, fine dining food and wine, catching up with friends over coffee/brunch/lunch/dinner and travelling to beautiful places around the world.
I'm Dr Olivia Ong, I'm the founder and CEO of drolivialeeong.com, The Heart Centred Doctor. I’m an established pain physician working in private and public practice in Melbourne, Australia and I had learnt what it was like to be a patient on the other side of the healthcare system.

In 2008, my life changed forever. I was a pedestrian hit by a car at high speed in a hospital car park on the way to work. The impact rendered me a paraplegic. I was told that “I was in it for the long haul” by my treating physician and he was right. But I never gave up my will power to walk again. I travelled to Project Walk, Centre for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery in San Diego in 2010 to pursue my dream to walk again and I did walk again functionally with two sticks and a limp after three agonising years. My spinal cord injury taught me a very important life lesson: self-compassion.

When I returned home to Melbourne, Australia in 2012, I continued my studies and I managed to advance my career as a dual-trained rehabilitation medicine and specialist pain medicine physician. I stepped up as a clinical leader at work using my compassionate leadership skills. I became a mum to two beautiful children whom I adore, and I had a very supportive husband, close family and friends.

But the combination of living with a spinal cord injury, motherhood, full-time work, and studying for fellowship exams exhausted me. I ignored the warning signs, feeling that burnout was a sign of vulnerability and weakness. I just kept pushing through.

Until eventually, I was burned out.

Deep down, I knew there had to be a way where I could build my career while growing my family and become the leader and mother, I envision myself to be without the burnout.

I took the determination I had applied to learning how to walk again and applied it to transforming my life.

I wrote my book “The Heart-Centredness of Medicine” because I have not only seen and heard about way too many doctors who are verging on burn-out due to stress and overwork - I have actually been one of them.

In 2020, I wanted to rediscover the passion in my work, restore my mental and emotional wellbeing, and reconnect with my family, my inner self, and my identity beyond the physician.

I discovered self-compassion and creative development tools. They helped me thrive at home and at work. I also learnt how I could take ownership of my thoughts to gain a whole new perspective.

Not only was I not willing to live with fatigue and overwhelm, but I knew that If I could change, so could others.

I’ve seen many of my medical colleagues burn out. Did you know more than 40% of doctors—and almost 50% of female doctors— feel burnt out*?

I realised I could help my medical peers discover these heart-based tools for themselves so they can rediscover their self-worth and lead the heart-centered lives they truly deserve. I want to help them find your spark of joy and creativity outside medicine.

So I became a leadership and career advancement coach for medical doctors so that I could teach the same tools that changed my life.

We need more heart-centred doctors in medicine.

Helping medical doctors around the world to lead the heart-centred life they truly deserve without the burnout.

This is my driving force.

This is my WHY.

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