by Una Harrington & Shahina Braganza Whilst you tuck into your mince pies, chilled prawn cocktails and Christmas ham over the coming weeks, WRaP EM wanted to spare a thought and a blog post for those of us who will work through Christmas 2018 and New Year’s 2019. Many of us know how the negotiations… Continue reading Xmas WRaP
By Melanie Rule Technology is a wonderful thing. It helps us with so many aspects of our personal and professional lives. We have smart phones, ipads, laptops and fitbits, all of which provide us with instant access to our emails, friends, digital memories, heart rates and step counts. Almost all the information that exists in… Continue reading Out of the Office – Why we should all take a technology holiday.
By Alex Markwell, Bethany Boulton & Melanie Rule We’re writing this from the airport lounge after an amazing week at Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 - On the Edge. Congratulations to the conference organisers who offered a balanced and well curated program of science, humanity and entertainment, which attracted more than… Continue reading ACEM ASM 2018 Thoughts and Reflections – The vibe
It was an interesting and somewhat enlightening experience to sit and try to really distil down Why I WRaP EM. My first challenge was to overcome my writing related imposter syndrome, and I can only hope that what I share will help or interest any of our readers. I think there are 3 main… Continue reading Why I WRaP EM – Dr Ashwini Amaratunga
By Rachel Callander Foreword by Shahina Braganza Many cities in Australia (including the Gold Coast where I live and work) have signed up with https://charterforcompassion.org/ over the past year. There is no doubt that paying attention to Compassion in Healthcare enhances the experience not only for patients and their carers, but for healthcare staff. Indeed… Continue reading A story about Hope, Justice and Compassion: A parent’s experience in the health system
By Tracy Churchill When I first heard of this new group called WRaP EM, I was super excited. I have long been an advocate of health in health practitioners - it has always amazed me that the people promoting health (US!!!) have the most physically and psychologically draining work conditions. Long hours, random shifts and… Continue reading Why I WRaP EM – Taking one for the team
Solving the mystery of transitioning from simulation debriefing to clinical event debriefing. By Una Harrington & Melanie Rule As Emergency physicians we need frequent exposure to critically unwell patients in order to hone our resuscitation skills. It is often said that the mark of a good critical care clinician is one who runs towards the… Continue reading Is this the real life… or is this just fantasy?
for part 1 - click here! Strengths to leverage by Una Harrington Over the last two years at WRaP EM, we have spent many hours trying to distil down what are the key strengths we could leverage to help start wellness programmes in our EDs or perhaps gain momentum around a wellness agenda. There is… Continue reading Do you want to build a snowman? or perhaps, a wellness program? – part 2
for part 2 - click here! By Una Harrington and Shahina Braganza Part 1 - Addressing the barriers, the sceptics and creating some boundaries This is not intended to be a recipe taken in toto to translate to other places, but perhaps act as a template around which to frame implementation of a departmental wellness… Continue reading Do you want to build a snow man? or perhaps a wellness program? – part 1
This blog piece has been a long time coming. In fact, I think I may be one of the last of the WRaP EM founders to put finger to keyboard. It certainly isn’t a lack of passion about wellbeing that has delayed me. I have been interested in doctors’ health and wellbeing since I was… Continue reading Why I WRaP EM – Dr Alex Markwell