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Photograph of Magnolia by Alan Johnston for article by Dr Jane Barker on the Physician's Pledge

First Do No Self-harm – The New “Physician’s Pledge”

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Last week I met up with a newly graduated medical student whom I had mentored during his training. He had missed the award ceremony for his medical degree for...

When Things Go Pear-Shaped

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When Things Go Pear-shaped - Self-care when the going gets tough Sometimes in medicine, as in life, things don’t go according to plan – our sphere of life gets bent...
Medical Education Fragmenting

Medical education – stop fragmenting it further and restore it to...

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THERE has recently been a move to bring medical education under a centralised umbrella.(1) With this comes a move to increase the powers of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration...

The Stresses of Being a Medical Student

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We demand much of our medical students and junior doctors. We currently train them in an environment that is stressful – competitive, harsh and overwhelming for them at times....

Euthanasia

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Once again, Australian state parliaments are debating the issue of euthanasia – this time in Victoria and NSW. If the legislation is passed in Victoria, it is expected that...
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...

Compliance – should we look at it in a different way?

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As medical knowledge expands exponentially, it becomes increasingly apparent how little we actually know about the miracle that is the human body. In medical school we are taught by a...
Bullying In Medicine

Bullying – Alive and Well in Medicine

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In 2015 Dr. Gabriele McMullin, a vascular surgeon, went public with stories of the bullying she had experienced as a surgical trainee, and bullying that is still being experienced...
Doctor Jane Barker

Flaws in the System are Killing Young Doctors

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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?

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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...

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