We need urgent action to beat an entirely avoidable problem. In this talk, drawing on both my own experience working on the frontline, and a growing body of literature on physician wellbeing, I outline the scale of the problem, and propose some much-needed solutions.
I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of opportunities to develop my public speaking skills, but also to have had great mentorship in the area. When my friend Vanamali, who had seen me speak in Fiji suggested that I’d be a good candidate for TEDxAuckland, I was really excited about the opportunity, and instantly sought to explore it.
The London marathon was an incredible experience that I will never forget. It was a wonderful combination of realising my suppressed potential, of appreciating the spirit of London and having the wonderful opportunity to raise some money to support the irreplaceable work of the NSPCC.
I have just completed my training post in community paediatrics, where I have seen countless children with behavioural and mental health difficulties. I feel utterly compelled to share the degree to which the service is stretched, and how up and down the country we are failing these children.
I had the honour and privilege of meeting Munjed Al Muderis whilst I was in Melbourne. His life story highlights both the difficulties that refugees face, as well as the often extraordinary contributions that refugees make in the countries that grant them asylum.
His life story highlights both the difficulties that refugees face, as well as the often extraordinary contributions that refugees make in the countries that grant them asylum.
Why Do You Want to Be a Doctor?
It’s a question all medical students are asked when they apply for medical school, many whilst still a teenager. I recently spoke at James Cook University in Townsville, and one the students there asked me the same question again 12 years later. I found that my answer had significantly changed.
As a doctor, I think it is an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to guide and support families through difficult emotions and uncertain times.