Dr Charlotte Durand - Emergency Registrar Well, wasn't that a year! Though much of Australia has been spared the brunt of the COVID-related awfulness, plenty of our colleagues, particularly in Victoria, have been battling it out with rising cases, high workload and an omnipresent fear of falling ill themselves. As politicians and department heads have… Continue reading If it’s Not Yoga, then what is it?
by Melanie Rule, Bethany Boulton & Alex Markwell Their lofty goal of turning conferences as we know them on their head was delivered! What a week! WRaP EM members Melanie, Bethany, Allison and Alex were in Hobart this week for the 36th ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting. The theme of this year’s conference was a timely… Continue reading ACEM ASM 2019 WRaP UP
By Bethany Boulton and Charley McNabb In part 1 of this blog, we explored the challenge of courage, vulnerability and shame in medicine. Here, we discuss the issue that if there is to be change in medicine, where do we start? Workplace culture could be the perfect place. Culture is defined as the accepted… Continue reading Daring to lead in medicine (Part 2)
By Shahina Braganza Emergency Departments are typically known for their team ethos, the camaraderie between staff, and the attitude of “any patient, any time, any circumstance” – even when the circumstance might be acute under-staffing due to illness, heavy patient load, and of course the ever present access block. We pride ourselves on being… Continue reading Winter is coming
By Melanie Rule and Bethany Boulton If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that a career in Emergency Medicine is full of challenges. So, Te Wero, the challenge, was an apt theme for the ACEM Winter Symposium in Rotorua this week. Did our New Zealand brothers and sisters rise to the challenge? They… Continue reading WRaP EM WRaP Up ACEM Winter Symposium – Te Wero – The Challenge
I’ve had a strong interest in physician wellness for a few years now. I am a self-confessed groupie to the thought leaders on the subject and have been known to travel the globe to meet them and hear them speak. I am in awe of these ordinary physicians achieving extra-ordinary things for their fellow doctors.… Continue reading Wellness Week – Organisational Change in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS)
This is the 2nd podcast we have recorded for Wellness Week 2019. Dr Una Harrington talks to Dr Alex Markwell and Dr Melanie Rule about how we can approach creating change at an organisational level when it comes to Health care professionals wellbeing. They discuss some practical tips and lessons learned. Creating organisational… Continue reading Wellness Week podcast 2 – Creating organisational change
Over the last two years, I’ve had the great pleasure and privilege of visiting A LOT of Emergency Departments. I’ve also spent A LOT of time with ED Directors, trainees, FACEMs and other staff. While I still have a quite a few EDs on my President’s bucket-list, I reckon I’ve had a pretty good exposure… Continue reading A Recipe for the Perfect ED – by Simon Judkins
by Matt Klan What would make an ED the best in the world? If we set out to build one from scratch, what would it be like? I think it depends who you ask, because you’ll get different responses. Should you ask emergency staff? Those who would get to work in the best ED? Initially… Continue reading The best ED in the world: it depends on your point of view. Or does it?
I have had the pleasure of working in eight different Emergency Departments during my career and so far no two places have been the same. My training years allowed me to move around and experience the good, the bad and the many differing ways that Emergency Medicine can be practiced. However, when it finally… Continue reading My “Perfect ED” – Making ED Great Again. by Melanie Rule