Dr Anne Malatt

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Anne has been a doctor for over 30 years and an eye surgeon for 25 years. She loves her work, her patients, teaching and writing, for she loves people and life. Anne feels great joy in being able to share her lived experience and wisdom, that other people may learn and grow too.
Photo of crescent moon by Alan Johnston for article on Sleep by Dr Anne Malatt

The secret to sleep – go to bed early – when...

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Before you dismiss this article on sleep as irrelevant to or not possible for you, just give it a go. I used to be a terrible insomniac, and have...
Photo by Clayton Lloyd of Dr Anne Malatt for her article on Sexual Abuse in Surgery

Sexual Abuse in Surgery

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The sexual abuse of women is once again in the news as the behaviour of a Hollywood producer is brought into the light. But are we shining that same...
Sunlight on water and surfer-photo by Alan Johnston for article by Dr Anne Malatt on Taking a Break

Taking a break

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We tend to think of taking a break as something that happens later…at morning tea, lunchtime, in the evenings, on the weekends, during our holidays. A break is often...
Raindrops on screen photo by Alan Johnston for article on Mandatory Reporting by Dr Anne Malatt

Mandatory Reporting: it’s part of the problem, not the answer

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Mandatory reporting, or forcing doctors to report to the relevant authorities if one of their colleagues comes to them for help and is deemed to be impaired, was overtly...
red rose by Anne Malatt for article on appreciation by Dr Anne Malatt

The Power of Appreciation

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When I was younger, I excelled at school.  I would come home after exams with 100% and when I would tell my father, he would grunt, at best. But...
Dr Eunice Minford surgeon in scrubs for article on Why Women Make Great Surgeons by Dr Anne Malatt

Why women make great surgeons

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“The ideal surgeon should have the eye of an eagle, the heart of a lion and the hands of a woman.” 15th century English proverb Women now make up 51% of western medical...
Trees by Alan Johnston seen while walking - article by Dr Anne Malatt

Walking…our way back home

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I love to walk. Walking brings me out of my head and into my body and just a few minutes of walking with myself can completely change the way...
Bee on lavender symbolising the practise of medicine photo by Alan Johnston

Why do we say that we practise medicine?

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When we talk about being doctors, we don’t say that we do medicine or that we are medicine; we say that we practise medicine. What do we mean by...
burning wood, symbolising burnout

Burnout – Care Factor, Zero

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What is burnout? In the world of cars, a burnout is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke...
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Doctors can learn about life from their patients

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Doctors aren’t supposed to have favourite patients. We are not supposed to feel anything, really. We are supposed to be objective, dispassionate, and to not favour anyone over any other,...

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