The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency hosts conversations and interviews with people in our community. We discuss current issues, address myths and common questions, and think about what we can do to best protect the public and support the safe delivery of health care in Australia.
Dr Gerald Hickson on the pursuit of professionalism
Today, we hear from Dr Gerald Hickson, the founder of the Vanderbilt Centre for Patient and Professional Advocacy. Jerry talks with host Tash Miles about professionalism in the healthcare context. Professionalism is key to keeping patients and practitioners safe and effective, and a crisis magnifies this need to pursue professionalism. Hear Jerry's insights on how health practitioners and leaders prepare for a crisis, how practice has changed in this current crisis, and how this keeps their patients safe.
Brett Sutton and Jeannette Young in the spotlight
A conversation with Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Victoria's Chief Health Officer, and Dr Jeannette Young, Queensland's Chief Health Officer the challenges they've faced during the pandemic, what has been rewarding and their unexpected celebrity status.
How a pandemic affects eye health
This episode is a look to our eyes: we are talking optometry, and how our eye health might be changing. Join Tash Miles in conversation with two optometrists, Tim Martin and Luke Arundel. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in reliance on technology and more time spent indoors for work, study and social connection, and health practitioners are seeing these effects. We are curious about how our pandemic-adjusted lives have affected our eyes, and whether there are any other trends or anomalies that optometrists are seeing.
Luke and Tim share lots of interesting information, tips and tricks for practitioners, patients, parents and the public. Luke encourages a visit Good vision for life for more useful resources and reminders.
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Diversity in the Australian health workforce
What makes a safe and qualified doctor? Why do we need a diverse health workforce, and how do we ensure we have one? These are some of the big questions guiding this episode.
Host Susan Biggar is joined by Dr Dinesh Palipana, an Australian doctor, lawyer and disability advocate with a very unique and relevant story, and Dr Susan O'Dwyer, a practitioner member on the Medical Board of Australia and a medical administrator in Queensland.
Listen to Dinesh's journey to becoming Australia's first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, Australia. In this episode, he shares some of his challenges, what he learned and some victories - expected and unexpected, overt and hidden. Susan O'Dwyer describes the perspective of the regulator when it comes to ensuring the safety of the public in registering health practitioners, and why it's important to encourage diversity in the workforce.
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In this episode there's mention of suicide. If this topic makes you anxious, it causes distress or if you have children with you, it might not be for you. Please reach out to someone who can help keep you safe or you could always call Lifeline on 1300 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
Through the eyes of a remote GP
Host Susan Biggar transports us to the Kimberley to embark on a fascinating conversation with Dr Katie Gault, a GP who is living and practicing medicine in Derby, West Australia. Katie dives right to the heart of her experience working in an iconic remote setting that most of us rarely experience, of the joys and challenges that come with that work. She practices in an Indigenous community whose daily health concerns are often complex and deeply rooted in intergenerational trauma.
Here are a few resources that Katie recommends:
A short animation by Healing Foundation, describing intergenerational trauma
This is a link to the Kimberley suicide prevention trial, a recent successful advertisement campaign created by the Derby Aboriginal Health Services to highlight positive Indigenous role models.
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Bonus episode: Un-learning and re-learning the meaning of January 26
In this special Taking care episode, we bring you an important conversation about the meaning of January 26 as Ahpra and the National Boards strive to embed cultural safety in the health system.
We recognise that 26 January is not a date for celebration for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Many consider it a day of mourning, referring to it as Invasion Day, or Survival Day. It is a date that marks the beginning of deliberate, systemic and catastrophic racism and violence against Indigenous Peoples. For others, it is also a day to mark the survival of ongoing traditions and cultures.
To deepen this conversation and re-educate ourselves as we strive for cultural safety in healthcare, Aphra hosted a conversation between three leaders working to bring equity to the system. In this special episode, join Ahpra Chief Executive Martin Fletcher as he discusses the significance of the day with Aboriginal GP and Associate Professor at the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Shannon Springer, Chair of the Podiatry Board, Cylie Williams and Co-CEO PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting, Ms Jodie Sizer.
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