Promoting the wellbeing of junior doctors
Having retired from the AFL in 2018, Merv is now spending his time writing books in addition to working with major hospitals developing awareness programs around welfare and wellbeing for junior doctors.
"My daughter was 36 when she died and was a brilliant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who unfortunately suffered deeply for the last four to five years of her life. ... She became an alcoholic and suffered depression and just couldn't get herself right… part of the stresses of working as a Gynaecologist, unfortunately, brought about the demise of her life."
Having spent most of his life coaching and mentoring young athletes at an elite level, Merv understands the demands and challenges facing young professionals. He has already delivered talks on promoting the welfare and wellbeing of junior doctors at Goulburn Valley Health (watch video below), the Royal Women's Hospital and at Eastern Health.
In October 2019, he will be a guest speaker at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Conference in Melbourne.