What if we decided to sit down and talk to each other? To identify the gaps and work together to close them?
Rural Generalists are undoubtedly the key to Australia’s rural medical workforce for the future. And it might only take a little extra effort to help you join them.
I believe that kindness is the key to enabling conversations about what matters to you. Kindness builds teams which then increases patient safety. It breaks down barriers and changes mindsets.
If we can bring mindfulness into the medical workplace then I believe that this will enhance the possibility of cultural and structural changes.
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there" - Rumi
A real leader and bridge builder will make their first step being to make sure your own backyard is in order before talking about how others backyards should look.
None of the “wicked’ problems in health – obesity, mental illness and suicide, chronic illness, ageing – will be solved with just hospitals, doctors, nurses and prescription pads. They all require resources beyond those provided by the healthcare system.
When a group of individuals with different personalities, backgrounds, past experiences, and biases are in collaboration with each other, there will be challenges.
It is time for medical and nursing staff to confer on a shift by shift, day by day, week by week basis.
Collaboration is often talked about but not easy to achieve, and it doesn't always make the top of the priority list.