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
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
“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…
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?
By Tania Morris I was fortunate enough to have had the very positive experience of attending the Happiness and its Causes conference recently in Sydney (June 2019). It presented a great mix of the latest research and understanding about the neuroscience of happiness and also how we can look after our health and well-being to… Continue reading Happiness and its causes
by Melanie Rule Wellness has become a key topic for discussion amongst the healthcare professions in recent years. It is heartening to see that after many years of silence, wellness of healthcare staff is being discussed on social media, conference programs, and every day in the workplace. It seems to have become a buzzword for… Continue reading How I became a Better Doctor – My Personal Wellness plan
– Bethany Boulton and Charley McNabb She’s the Texan research professor whose TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability” went unexpectedly viral nearly a decade ago. Her other special interest, shame, generally precipitates an uncomfortable rising heat when mentioned in conversation. Furthermore, throughout her research over the last 20 years, she has found - and proven… Continue reading Daring to lead in medicine (Part 1)
By Dr Ellen Meyns A new day at work. A new term. A new clinical year. The department is buzzing with the nervous energy of a batch of fresh young doctors: introductions, name badges, talks, tours, expectations. First cannula, first morphine order, first plaster, first discharge summary. Proud people will go home tonight and tell… Continue reading Incivility hurts
By Ben Cohen “I’m finding this very difficult!” I find myself saying in broken Spanish, sitting cross-legged before the Meditation Master. These are the first words I’ve uttered in days and they ring loudlyin my ears. My friend sits in the row in front of me, also sternly looking at the Master. We sit on… Continue reading The Alternative Path to Fellowship