Balint Groups in our PHN
Last updated September 15, 2023
The PHN has supported GPs throughout our PHN region to undertake Balint Leadership training so they can establish a Balint group in their community.
What is a Balint Group?
A Balint group is a group of GPs who meet monthly to discuss difficult clinical cases. The focus is on the psychological aspects of their practice, and particularly the doctor-patient relationship. The group is a supportive setting in which doctors can explore the human side of their work, adding a fresh dimension, learning new skills and avoiding burn-out.
The Balint Groups in our PHN will be in an informal meeting space where a small group of GPs can discuss difficult situations with peers. This model is evidence based, unique to other GP peer group learning sessions and practised by GPs throughout the world.
- Identify the importance of the doctor patient relationship and how it can impede or improve the therapeutic outcome for the patient.
- Distinguish how doctor, patient interactions can enhance or detract from the doctor's wellbeing.
- Actively engage in GP peer reflection and support.
This is an accredited Peer Group Learning activity, attending sessions will accrue 0.5 hours Educational Activity and 1 hour Reviewing Performance per session.
Balint Groups in your region
Balint groups will be run in Terms per year, ie. Monthly sessions from Feb – June (Term 1) and July – November (Term 2).
For general inquiries on Balint within the PHN please contact: