“We never know what pushes doctors over the edge but having gone through this and feeling this way, I can see that our system is certainly a contributor. SincerelyJonathan This is how I recently signed off an email to a medical administrator. I was frustrated and feeling worse for wear. I was glad that I
The butterfly effect says that one small move can have a profound effect. This is a story about the butterfly effect of inspiration.
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.
2021 has been a year like no other!
Personally, I have not ever experienced a year which has produced such a wide range of emotions through the events that have occurred this year.
For both good and bad, we as a family have truly lived this year.
This is a story about a beautiful patient who taught me about living in the moment and wonder of Christmas.
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
There are a few words and phrases that I do not use.
The large majority of them include offensive slang, derogatory names, words and phrases that simply bring down the conversation that I am having to the lowest levels of respectability.
But there is one word that is innocuous and hides in plain sight which dismisses, diminishes and reduces whatever it is connected to.
And that word is “just”.
In July 2021 Voluntary Assisted Dying will be available in Western Australia.
As a Palliative Care doctor I have thought deeply about how I will continue to work and serve here as Christian and conscientious objector.
This is a reflection on doctoring, faith and a way forward.
At 17 years our lives are simple. Seemingly boring on the outside but juicy and passionate in the middle.