Monthly Archives: July 2017

Doctor Jane Barker

Flaws in the System are Killing Young Doctors

In February this year a young Sydney doctor wrote: “In the year it has taken to complete my training as a junior doctor 3 of my colleagues have killed themselves....
Doctor Anne Malatt

Why are doctors killing themselves?

Doctors are generally acknowledged to be intelligent. We are trained to care for the human body, and are considered the experts on it and how to take care of...
medical student

Does medical school need to be so stressful?

There is an unacceptably high level of stress amongst medical students and we know that this increases before exams and assignments. Does medical school need to be so stressful? We...
Doctor Jane Barker with her medical students

Role Modelling ­– A Powerful Tool in Medical Education

Role modelling is seen as an essential component of medical education. It has been nominated as our most powerful tool. Central to the experience of learners in this complex and...
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Anxiety disorders amongst doctors – the elephant in the room?

In my early teens, when on a walking safari, we were charged by an elephant. We lived then in Zambia and this family trip was faithfully recorded on my mum’s...
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Depression

The reported levels of depression amongst medical students and doctors are alarming. The Beyond Blue study of doctors’ mental health (1) has shown that 3.4% of doctors surveyed have very...
Breathe your own breath with the Gentle Breath Meditation

The Gentle Breath Meditation – a Way to bring Balance to...

The Gentle Breath Meditation(1) is a simple tool, that can be used every day, throughout the day. This simple meditation will not help you to levitate or take you to...
Compassion in Medicine -doctor and patient

Adding Love to Medical Care

Just as "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down" so a teaspoon of love added to medical care makes all the difference to healing. Well-developed communication skills are...
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Women at the heart of medicine

With gender equity in medical schools, women are very definitely at the heart of Medicine where they always should have been. The question remains, however, have they been able...
A delicate waterlily symbolising a woman

The Qualities Women Bring To Medicine That We Can All Learn...

In late 2016, a landmark paper was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.(1) A study of around 1,600,000 urgent medical admissions of older people, for a...

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