“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.
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.
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.
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