Find a Balint Group

Balint groups meet in many places in Australia and New Zealand, including Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, Dunedin.There is also a growing network of online groups, a boon for practitioners in remote areas. Over fifty groups are known to be meeting throughout Australasia. Group leaders of all groups listed on this page are all accredited Balint leaders or experienced leaders enrolled in the Balint Society Leadership Accreditation Pathway.

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Online groups

Australia based – Tuesday morning

Meeting times: Tuesday, 8am to 9.40am AEST – monthly meetings
Leaders: Chel Quinn & Kerrie Collings-Silvey from Brisbane
Group participants: Rural or remote mental health clinicians
Flyer: Case-Based Reflective Practice Monthly On-line Group (2019 Flyer PDF) 

Australia based – Thursday early evening (starting 2020)

For practitioners in remote areas or in solo practices
Meeting times: Thursday, 5-6.30pm AEST – monthly meetings
Vacancies: yes – new group
Leaders: Kerrie Collings-Silvey & Hilary Ash
More info: Reflective practice Zoom group 

New Zealand based – Tuesday evening doctors group

Meeting times: First Tuesday each month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Vacancies: 2 spaces
Contact: Dr John Barton
Current membership: GPs, psychiatrist, an O&G doctor
More info: opportunity for doctors in places where there is no Balint group

New Zealand based – Wednesday evening

Meeting times: Second Wednesday each month – 7.30-9.30 pm NZ
Leaders: Dr Di Nash Amanda Garland
Flyer: NZ and Australian Online Balint group

Face to Face groups




Meeting times: Wednesday 7.30-9pm monthly
Vacancies: yes
Leader: Dr Andrew McKensey


Sydney – St Leonards

Meeting times: Thursdays, Weekly 2.30 -3.30pm
Vacancies: 2 places in an established group of 7
Leader: Leonie Sullivan
Group members: mixed group mental health professionals (medical and non medical)


Sydney – St Leonards

Meeting times: Saturdays, Monthly
Vacancies: group of 8 has been running for 5 years and would welcome other members
Leader: Leonie Sullivan
Group members: Mental and other health professionals, (Psychiatrist, registrars, psychologists, social workers)
Other info: If oversubscribed another group can be arranged, face to face or online. Leonie as been running online groups since 2010, and is always happy to start another.



Meeting times: Monthly meeting on Saturday, 9 – 11 am AEST
Address: Suite 16, Ground Floor, Ballow Chambers, 121, Wickham Terrace

Leaders: Kerrie Collings-Silvey & Chel Quinn
Group members: Mental Health Professionals



Meeting times: Third Tuesday of the month, 6.20-8.00pm – 10 meetings Feb-Dec
Vacancies: yes
Leader: Hilary Ash
Group members: mental health practitioners



Meeting times: Wednesday 12.50-2.30pm – 10 meetings Feb-Dec
Vacancies: yes
Leaders: Ruth Dunn & Hilary Ash
Group members: Mental health practitioners



Meeting times: Monthly, Monday/Tuesday lunchtimes.
Leader: Ruth Dunn
Group members: COHEALTH GPs.
Contact: Ruth Dunn at



Meeting times: 1st Tuesday of the month 8-9.30 a.m. – Feb to Dec
Vacancies: waiting list only for new members
Contact: Dr Sue Boucher
More info: group running for over 10 years



Meeting times: Monthly on Wednesdays  10-11.30am
Leaders: Dr Joy Humphreys & Ruth Dunn
Group members: Mental Health Professionals.
Contact: Dr Joy Humphreys at
Other info: Auspiced by MHPN



Meeting times: Monthly on Tuesdays 5.30-7pm.
Leaders: Dr Bill Betts & Ruth Dunn
Group participants: GPs, psychologists and other health professionals.
Vacancies: Currently no vacancies.
Contact: Ruth Dunn at
More info: Auspiced by MHPN



Meeting times:  monthly on Tuesdays from 12.30 – 2 pm preceded by a light lunch.
Vacancies: Can usually accommodate new members.
Leader: Marion Lustig,
Contact:  Marion Lustig on 0407342882 or
Group participants: multi-disciplinary group of 9 including GPs and a variety of mental health professionals.
More info:  Eligible for RACGP small Group Learning points. Group running for 16 years, affiliated with MHPN.
Marion, a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, formerly a GP, has been leading Balint groups for 21 years, She is available for new groups in Melbourne area and via Zoom.



Meeting times: Monthly on Tuesday lunchtimes.
Leader: Ruth Dunn
Group members: COHEALTH GPs
Contact: Ruth Dunn


St Kilda

Meeting times: second Friday of each month from 9.30 – 11am
Leader: Joy Humphreys
Group participants: Organisational Consultants’ Balint group

Western Australia


Meeting times: third Monday each month, 7.20 for 7.30 pm start
Vacancies: yes
Leader: Judy Griffiths
Group participants: General Practitioners



Meeting times: fourth Monday each month, 7.20 for 7.30 pm start
Vacancies: yes
Leader: Judy Griffiths
Group participants: doctors and mental health practitioners


New Zealand

Auckland – Mt Albert

Meeting times: Second Tuesday of the month 7.30 – 9.30 pm – 11 sessions per year
Vacancies: 2 spaces
Leaders: Dr John Barton & Dr Renske van den Brink
Contact: Renske  021 101 3224 
Group members: multi-disciplinary (inc physios, podiatrist, GPs, psychotherapist)
Cost: $60 per session

Auckland – Mt Eden 

Meeting times: First Tuesday of the month 7- 9 pm – 11 sessions per year
Vacancies: 2 spaces
Leaders: Prue Bonifant & Dr Renske van den Brink
Contact: Renske 0211013224
Group members: multi-disciplinary (inc physios, homeopath, GPs, social worker, hypnotherapist, psychotherapist)
Cost: $60 per session

Christchurch – Spreydon

Meeting times: Tuesday 7.30 – 9pm  4 weekly
Vacancies: One space available for 2019
Leader: Jayne Hubble, Registered Psychotherapist
Contact: Jayne Hubble  021 150 5169
Flyer: YES 

Dunedin – Otago

Meeting times: Friday 0800-1000, every 4 weeks
Vacancies: currently none
Group Leaders: Hamish Wilson & Richard O’Neill-Dean
Contact: Hamish Wilson  021 267 6994
Group members: Mixed heath professional group: GPs, psychiatrist, therapists