Jo is a hospital and university trained registered nurse with a background in surgical nursing, medical sales and training, research and corporate sales and training. She is currently undertaking post graduate research in health and mindfulness for doctors and post graduate study in counselling.
Jo has qualifications and professional training in mindfulness (MBSR and MBCT) and meditation both in Australia and internationally with facilitators from the Centre for Mindfulness at The University of Massachusetts Medical School, The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, UK, and The Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia. She has trained in Hatha and Iyengar yoga and has participated in many mindfulness meditation and yoga workshops with senior and international teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Timothea Goddard, Judith Hanson Lasater, Paul Gilbert, Alan Wallace, Peter Scott, Lizzie Lasater and many more teachers that she gratefully acknowledges for their craft, guidance and knowledge.
Jo is regularly invited to present on the latest evidence around workplace stress and burnout and the importance of self care. The core program is the popular 6-8 week TREAT program that has been delivered to Alfred Health staff since 2014.
Results of evaluations include: 99% of staff making positive lifestyle changes
100% of staff felt better able to deal with stress and
and 100% of staff would recommend this program to their colleagues.
Jo also provides supplementary TREAT Rest sessions to busy hospital departments and school staff to help reduce staff fatigue and emotional exhaustion. She is invited to annually present on the importance of self awareness and self care for burn out prevention as part of the Alfred Health medical and nursing education, leadership and orientation programs and various medical, health and nursing conferences.
Jo has presented on TREAT in London at an international medical research meeting and presented the results of her work and research at the International Conference on Mindfulness in Europe 2018.
She has also facilitated TREAT sessions for many organisations that include: Victoria Police, Smith and Nephew, Tabcorp, Bayer, Queensland Health, Australian Haemophilia Centre and various hospitals, primary and high schools.
What is Treat?
WINNER OF THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR THE HEALTH ROUNDTABLE BEYOND2019 SHARK TANK
AWARDED 2017 FINALIST FOR THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH'S AWARD FOR IMPROVING WORKFORCE WELLBEING AND SAFETY
“an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure”
Therapeutic Relaxation And Enhanced Awareness Training or ‘TREAT’ ® is a unique self care and self awareness program designed for workplace professionals to help re-calibrate, re-energise and re-engage in the middle of their busy and stressful work day and life. It is based on mindfulness principles, stress and body awareness, restoration, self compassion and various stress reduction approaches and education. With Jo’s experienced and practical guidance, participants learn how to pause and find important moments of wisdom, renewal and clarity to help them navigate life’s many daily stressors and learn how to become more resilient, creative and engaged human beings.
"Self awareness and compassionate self care can act as a buffer by allowing one to intentionally step out of an unhealthy stress and anxiety cycle and support oneself physiologically and psychologically from the negative effects of stress, trauma and vital exhaustion."
"Consider caring for yourself as a form of income protection"
Jo Gibbs, Director of Treat Healthcare
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"This is something that needs to be considered mandatory within the organisation to have available for all the staff and staff should be able to participate at least once. The overall benefits of TREAT outweigh other haelth awareness activities that the organisation run.I would highly recommend TREAT for everyone"