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.
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True care – it starts with us

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We are often taught in life that it is selfish to care for ourselves, and that we need to put the needs of others before our own. We think...
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Doctors’ Health – attending to our own

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I recently attended the national Australian Medical Association (AMA) conference, where the importance of doctors’ health was a major focus.Our current President, Dr Tony Bartone, spoke of it at...
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How do we deal with the challenges of being a doctor...

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Doctors spend a long time training to be doctors. It takes at least 10-15 years to complete our training, which means we are usually in our thirties, at least,...
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Breathe your own breath

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Breathe your own breath … what on earth does that mean? We breathe, in and out, all the time … but how aware are we of the quality of our...
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Top tips for dealing with ‘Mother guilt’

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I am an ex-superwoman. I learned my special powers from my mother, who was an actual superwoman – she worked full-time as a doctor, raised four children, cooked like...
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Self-care – not just another doing, but a quality of being

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There is a lot of talk about self-care these days and we tend to picture it as something that we would like to do to reward ourselves or relieve...
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Reform is needed for unaccredited registrars

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The plight of unaccredited registrars has recently been in the news here with the shocking story of a young female registrar who finally left her unaccredited surgical position after...
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Being a woman

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In medicine, I am seen as a woman at times when it suits some agendas, and not seen as a woman when it does not suit. But no matter...
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Do doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training?

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I woke early this morning, thinking about an article written by a young female surgeon (1) I had read recently, and I could not go back to sleep. I...

A love letter to medical students

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I love training medical students. They bring me great joy and as they are one of the most under-appreciated groups of people in any hospital or medical practice, I...

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