“Is it OK to Cry?”

“I was better after I had cried than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” Charles Dickens. Great Expectations. I cried quite frequently when I was working, although not in front of colleagues or patients if I could help it. Tears were a release, not an omen of imminent meltdown.Continue reading ““Is it OK to Cry?””

“Threw Him Away”

Starting a new job is confronting and disconcerting. The day before, you knew what you were doing, you were an ‘expert’. Now that you have been promoted or recruited, ironically, you’re clueless. You will definitely figure it all out, but the first few days constitute a crisis. Medicine is especially prone to that phenomenon andContinue reading ““Threw Him Away””

Organ Donation; A Wicked problem?

Summary – Since the creation of the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) in 2009, whilst organ and tissue donor numbers in Australia have increased, they have come nowhere near the outcomes that the world’s leaders such as Spain achieve. – Despite more than $300 million of government investment, OTA’s aspirational target of 25 donors perContinue reading “Organ Donation; A Wicked problem?”