Danie Botha

Biography:  Danie Botha is a speaker, author, and physician. He…



Danie Botha is a speaker, author, and physician.

He was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa where he completed his school education and medical training. He was a captain in a medical battalion and later specialized in anesthesiology. He moved to Canada in 1998 with his young family where he fell in love with everything snow.

Having worked in state-run, private, military, and missionary hospitals, he has learned that people can overcome innumerable obstacles, that writing can restore, and that humor heals. He helps physicians and other healthcare professionals overcome burnout and compassion fatigue and find joy and purpose again in work and life.

He is the author of four novels and a book of poetry. Danie Botha is a recovering sub-zero cross-country skier and continues to be a land paddling devotee.


Presentation: A Remedy for Burnout: Care for the Caregivers

Burnout, in a post-COVID world, has become an epidemic. The medical arena has not escaped this workplace phenomenon, not when five out of ten practitioners report grappling with it.

Medicine and the caring professions are no ordinary vocations, not when it demands from its practitioners, competence and compassion while maintaining professional detachment their entire careers. Going unchecked, burnout and compassion fatigue have detrimental effects on patient care and practitioners’ personal lives—it is not only bad for individuals and patients but also for the organizations.

In this interactive presentation, we delve into what burnout is, its causes, the role players, what’s needed to fix it and debunk a popular myth. We explore the role of leadership, the workplace, the work itself and how individuals can transform personal burnout. Together, is how we find a remedy. Burnout is not the end—there is “more.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Debunk the myth that burnout is the result only of personal weakness and failure.
  2. Creating workplace cultures where individuals are valued, respected, and feel seen.
  3. Three tools to transform burnout: the M-O-R of more (forgive the phonetical spelling!)