Anna Ballantyne - Clinical Nurse Consultant in Emergency Medicine In this reflective piece, our nursing colleague, Anna Ballantyne shares her experience of some practices and strategies that help to sustain her through her most testing ED shifts. She describes the challenges faced in contexts such as triage, time-pressured work-ups and flow, and gives some helpful… Continue reading “I need a goat” – by Anna Ballantyne
In this episode Mel Rule interviews FACEM Dr Kim Hansen who is the Director of Emergency at St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital and a Senior Staff Specialist in EM at The Prince Charles Hospital. Her particular interests within EM include quality improvement and patient safety, especially monitoring and learning from adverse events. She has been… Continue reading Podcast – Learning from medical error
By Tracy Churchill A story about how a small gesture can have a big impact Once upon a night shift, I went into the ED tea room. It was 2am and a doctor was sitting hunched over on the table with his head in his hands. He didn’t look up when I entered the room. … Continue reading Once upon a nightshift
This podcast was recorded at the ACEM ASM last in November 2019. We delayed the release given we were all focussed on our COVID response. However we felt that now you might want an occasional change of pace from COVID. Mel Rule interviews FACEM Clare Skinner who is the Director of EM at Hornsby Kuring-Gai… Continue reading Podcast – Incivility and its impact on our ability to provide good patient care
“Private and confidential – Notice of a referral to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency” Is there a more terrifying subject heading sitting in your email inbox? Perhaps, but I have (fortunately) yet to encounter it. I was a recipient of such an email, and it was devastating. The details of the case aren’t really… Continue reading The email no clinician wants to receive…
In this episode we discuss tips for maintaining individual wellbeing in the face of COVID-19, how to support our colleagues overcome the stress and anxiety generated by this pandemic and how to tackle that sense of loss autonomy that we all feel to some degree in the context of this pandemic. Some take home points:… Continue reading Podcast – Part 2 of Staff Wellbeing in the COVID-19 era
In this WRaPEM podcast we have Dr Una Harrington, Dr Melanie Rule, Dr Charlie McNabb and Dr Ashwini Amaratunga discussing: 1. How we can adapt our approach to Health Care Worker Wellbeing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic 2. Ideas for how to approach Health Care Worker Wellbeing at a departmental level in the… Continue reading Podcast – A departmental approach to Health Care Worker Wellbeing during COVID-19
In this podcast recorded at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. Alex Markwell interviews key note speaker Dr Fiona Kerr (http://www.fiona-kerr.com). Fiona is the founder of The NeuroTech Institute (https://www.theneurotechinstitute.com). They discuss how the neuropsychology of health care professionals affects their ability to provide patient care. They discuss factors… Continue reading Podcast – compassion, cognition and complex decision making – with Dr Fiona Kerr
By Dinesh Palipana There is probably some small desire to be a hero in anyone who undertakes medicine as a profession. Over the last three years as a doctor, I've seen colleagues build their careers from internship into a rich variety of clinical and non-clinical pathways. Many of my friends have remained in the… Continue reading Calling all superheroes. Medicine wants you.
By Una Harrington I recently flew from Australia to Ireland and back again with my 4 month old baby in tow. During the 27-hour journey each way, I listened to the in-flight safety briefing 6 times. For the first time, I really thought about the advice to ‘Put on your own oxygen mask first, then… Continue reading Put on your own oxygen mask first. But how?