History of the Society

The Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand was founded in 2005. It was named in acknowledgement of the Hungarian born psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Michael Balint and his  wife Enid Balint, who developed a unique method for studying the clinician-patient relationship in  London in the 1960′s.

The Society was founded by a group of doctors, including general practitioners and psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

The Society has grown rapidly over the last 8 years. It supports many Balint groups which are being run in Australia and New Zealand, acts as a liaison and go to organisation for information about these groups, and runs a four day Intensive  Workshop in Australia or New Zealand each year, which has a leadership training focus.

It is working with University medical school staff in Australian Universities to establish Balint work in the  medical student curriculum. Pilot projects are running at Woolongong and Sydney Universities.

Since the 2010 the Auckland University Medical school has successfully run Balint groups for final year medical students in the context of their general practice training internship programme.

There are Balint groups running in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.

A list of current groups and leaders’ contact details can be accessed on the About Balint Groups tab.

Attendance at workshops and membership of Balint groups is recognised for accreditation points in the  Continuing Professional Development and the Continuing Medical Education programmes in Australia and New Zealand, by the respective Colleges of General Practice and Medical Councils. See details on the About Balint Groups tab.