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Sarah McGuinness

NZDA23 Sarah Mc Guinness

Sarah McGuinness is a wellbeing disruptor, burnout awareness advocate and Founder/CEO of Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW). ROW helps wellbeing leaders to be change makers and to create better workplaces, together. With a community of wellbeing champions from organisations around the globe, ROW is a trusted advisor, helping leaders to develop professional expertise, access practical tools and resources, and network with peers and experts to meaningfully improve wellbeing.

Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate wellbeing and behaviour change and has supported well-known organisations to improve the wellbeing of their people, including Sealord, nib and Mitre 10.

She draws on her honours degree in psychology and degree in communication, training in health behaviour, coaching, fitness and facilitation, plus a 15+ year career in the corporate sector specialising in leadership and organisational development in Australia and New Zealand.

She is a passionate mental health and wellbeing champion and is determined to reduce stigma and improve conversations around mental health, particularly with having lived experience of burnout, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. Her honours research focused on understanding body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating in midlife adults, which has been widely cited in the sector.

She has been featured in the media including on Stuff, NBR, Newshub/TV3, MiNDFOOD, Newstalk ZB, The Project, Seven Sharp and RNZ.

Dentist scientific programme

Wellbeing: the issue too important to ignore

Sarah McGuinness has a fascinating lived experience with burnout. In this session, she’ll walk you through her personal experience of reaching a crisis point and then ongoing recovery. She’ll help you understand burnout, the impacts, and what to do if you’re on the road to burnout or supporting someone who is.

Critically, Sarah also co-wrote the 2023 research report into wellbeing in dentistry conducted on behalf of the NZDA. This talk will also link to recent themes identified in the NZDA wellbeing project report, including perfectionism and vulnerability, and will explore what it really means to live a satisfying life in a demanding profession.

Sarah’s work is grounded in psychology, lived experience, and human-centred design. She’ll share practical tools and resources, and professional guidance based on the latest research.