Our moments between medicine and life are where the real impact of clinical medicine is experienced – this is why our moments between matter. These moments are ours to practice self-awareness in practising self-care.
About a year ago, I made a mistake at work. As a result, there was harm done to my patient. This was the first time in my medical career that I’d ever made a significant mistake before. It was purely human error. My mistake was amenable to treatment and it was corrected rapidly. And at
Voluntary assisted dying became legal in Western Australia on July 1st 2021. For many this was welcomed but for others with a conscientious objection, it was challenging. This is a story of my struggle, finding meaning and a way forward.
Play is essential not simply in life but also for our work too. Playfulness opens our creativity, engages our senses, relaxes and relieves and is the cornerstone for high-performing teams.
To grieve properly is central to self-care for those who swim each day in a sea of suffering.
A doctor’s most powerful tool The most powerful way a doctor can help their patient is to listen. By far, listening is the greatest portion of the value of any consultation. Whatever the monetary value, even for a procedure, the greatest portion of the value is a doctor’s listening ear. Feeling heard and understood is at
I am excited to be able to share Steven’s story and am unbelievably grateful that his partner Rachel granted me permission to share how we as a Palliative Care team worked with them. As I reflect on the last 15 years of doctoring, much of my energy has focussed on the physical aspects of medicine
What is the truth about General Practice? The truth about General Practice is that it is challenging. The end. Ha! Now that would be too easy and tremendously disrespectful to my General Practice colleagues. So, what is it that makes General Practice challenging? But firstly and most importantly, what makes General Practice such a rewarding
What matters at the end of life?
Creating beautiful moments. Moments in love, moments in forgiveness, moments with meaning and lasting transcendence.
I do understand that I’ve written a mini-book here but alas that is how I write! Long-form and I am sure that there is a book in these 40 thoughts. *Thoughts* with asterisks next to them are upcoming blog posts that in different stages of being edited. Please comment if you’d like to read any