Dr Jane Barker

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Jane has been qualified for over 40 years now, having trained in paediatrics and general practice psychiatry, and now works as a medical educator. Her passion is to bring love back into medicine, to make medicine a more compassionate profession, both for patients and the people who care for them.

Grace Under Pressure – Medicine in the Spotlight

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Last night, together with our students and some staff we read the play Grace under Pressure. This is a powerful verbatim theatre work by David Williams and Paul Dwyer,...
photo of cave by Joshua Sortino for article by Dr Jane Barker on The Power of Communication

The Power of Communication – It may Heal or Harm

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In the past weeks many of us watched the real life drama of the cave rescue in Thailand. The International team, who had never worked together, achieved what seemed...

Nurturing Nature

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Yesterday I went out kayaking with my daughter. It was an experience that I have always found uplifting to the mood and joyful to my heart. We go to...

The responsibility of our role as medical educators: Cows, coffee and...

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I recently took part in a “rural taster”, an exercise in which medical educators and medical students spend time together in the country. Part of the role of the...

Evidence Based Medicine and complementary therapies – can they work together?

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Evidence based medicine and complementary therapies may seem uneasy bedfellows, but this does not mean we should not explore how they may be effectively used together. In Asian cultures,...

Can the healthcare system become a compassionate workplace?

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The idea of creating a “compassionate workplace” is currently popular and it is well worth us exploring in healthcare. The Huffington Post reporting on the subject recently cited a study...

Are we teaching medicine upside down?

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In many ways, the way we teach medicine is inside out and upside down! We meet our first patients tucked up under white sheets wearing their pyjamas. We quickly...
Photo of pears by Marco Secchi for article by Dr Jane Barker on When things go pear-shaped – Self-care when the doctor is the patient

When things go pear shaped – Self-care when the doctor is...

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Among the many urban myths about Medicine is the one that says doctors don’t get sick – we even believe it ourselves, we are infallible, we treat illness, we...
Photo of Dr Anne Malatt and Dr Jane Barker by Mr Alan Johnston for article by Dr Jane Barker on Women are Rising

Women are Rising: are we ready?

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The tide is turning and women are rising, but are we ready? That in Medicine there should be gender equity in student admissions, in pay, in job opportunities, is a...
Photo of Dr Jane Barker with children in PNG for article on Pneumonia - the most lethal killer of children

Pneumonia: the most lethal killer of children

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Does medicine come with global responsibility? I believe that, at the very least, we should be willing to speak out against inequities in medical care, such as childhood deaths...

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