Author: Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan @thehealthyGP

The biggest lesson that caring for the dying can teach you — reflections of a Palliative Care Doctor 

A few weeks ago I finished my Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine from the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Without a doubt, it has the best and most challenging year of my clinical career. It had such a profound effect on my life that I’ve decided to go all in and live the rest of

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Lessons in Manhood for my sons — Value

My heart is in turmoil and my soul aches. My resolve is being tested. The broad statements that are being pitched on social media and shared across the world deepen my sorrow for my fellow man. #metoo #sexual misconduct #pornography I’ve fought with thoughts of defending my gender but have balanced this with deep sorrow

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The reason that I have hope in Aged Care

“Jonathan you have to come in. There’s been an incident with Brian* and the other residents and families are scared, I don’t know what to do!”. *Names changed for privacy* The panicked voice on the other end was an aged care nurse whom I’d worked with closely and whose clinical judgment I respected and relied

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What happens inside a hospice?

“So what actually happens in this place?” Simon asked, his question caught me off guard.  Trying to understand where he was coming from, I replied “What do you mean?”. “Well I’ve been here for a week and I’m still not sure what actually happens in the hospice,” Simon said, still looking back at me, searching

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Ways that I am learning to be a better husband - An Essay

For those regular readers of my blog and writing, I am sorry that it has been a little while between pieces. As you can see from my last social media post, I’ve taken a few months off to create margin in my life and direct my focus to a few important projects, the most pressing

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Build circles of protection around your marriage

Imagine losing your house, the place that you purchased with pride and so meticulously maintained. Picture yourself facing the innocent faces of your children, searching for the words to explain your explicit behaviour. Look at your prized possessions, the toys that brought you such pleasure to use and connect with your inner child-like freedom. Now

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Five ways I’m learning to be a better dad in 2018

I can’t believe it has been three years since my first post on The healthy GP where I reflected on the five things that my sons needed from me. Since then: We had another boy! (Benjamin) I’ve changed the dynamics and focus of my work (Aged and Palliative care) Kylie started to study and run

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Are you a boy or a man in your marriage?

A wife who is truly loved by her husband is beautiful. She is beautiful because she radiates confidence in herself. The countenance on her face shows the character of her husband, the words he uses around her, the way that they resolve differences, the small actions of love he deposits everyday and the way that

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How executing on your ideas will grow your leadership (Part 1)

Photo by Diego PH on Unsplash “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them” — Seth Godin “Jonathan I think we are going to run with your idea for a forum, but we only have a few months to plan it”, Scott the experienced medical educator said to me over the phone. I

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