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Pomegranate Health is an award-winning podcast about the culture of medicine, from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. We ask how doctors make difficult clinical and ethical decisions, how doctor-patient communication can be improved, and how healthcare delivery can be made more equitable. Find out more at the website of www.racp.edu.au/podcast. Get in touch via podcast@racp.edu.au

Pomegranate Health the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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Pomegranate Health is an award-winning podcast about the culture of medicine, from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. We ask how doctors make difficult clinical and ethical decisions, how doctor-patient communication can be improved, and how healthcare delivery can be made more equitable. Find out more at the website of www.racp.edu.au/podcast. Get in touch via podcast@racp.edu.au

    Ep82: Coming back from Burnout— Congress 2022

    Ep82: Coming back from Burnout— Congress 2022

    Not a day goes by that there isn’t a headline about the overstretched health service and the struggling professionals within it. It isn’t COVID that has created this situation. The pandemic was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    At the RACP Congress in May, ENT surgeon Eric Levi explained why burnout should be considered not as a mental health condition but as an occupational disorder. And apart from the stressors of the job itself and the work relationships, the medical profession has a way of consuming one’s personal life. 
    Associate Professor Michelle Telfer talked about being hounded for two years by the conservative press over her work with young people struggling with their gender identity. And pain specialist Olivia Ong described how she’d been driven by an unhealthy professional identity until a traumatic spinal injury forced her to reconsider the meaning of self-care. Both physicians found the courage to take control of the situation and define their roles on their own terms.

    Guests
    Eric Levi FRACS (Royal Children's Hospital; St Vincent's Hospital; Ear, Nose and Throat Victoria)
    Associate Professor Michelle Telfer FRACP (Director Adolescent Medicine, Director Gender Service at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
    Dr Olivia Ong FAFRM FFPMANZCA (Monash Health, Advance Healthcare)
    Production
    Written and produced by Mic Cavazzini DPhil. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Into the Bone’ by Taylor Crane, ‘Below the Horizon’ and ‘Haunted Heart’ by Dawn Dawn Dawn and ‘Exploring the Lake’ by View Points. Photo image by Paul R. Giunta licenced through Getty Images.
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    • 49 min
    Ep81: Advocacy from the Top

    Ep81: Advocacy from the Top

    In episode 78 we heard from some physicians who found themselves taking up the role of advocate, not just for their own patients but for broader system change. And health policy lobbyist Patrick Tobin explained how physicians and the College as whole can best get the attention of parliamentarians. For example, the RACP’s Healthy Climate Futures campaign calls on Government to make the healthcare system more resilient against the shocks of climate heating and extreme weather events.
    To complete this series, this episode focuses on what happens to advocacy issues after they land on an MP’s desk, and how they get churned through the Canberra machine to eventually become policy. We hear the perspectives of two physicians turned politicians in interviews that first appeared as part of an RACP documentary called The Advocate’s Journey. 
    Dr Mike Freelander practiced for 37 years as a paediatrician in Sydney’s southwest before being  elected to the federal Division of Macarthur in 2016. for the Labor party. Dr Katie Allen was elected in 2019 as the Liberal Member for Higgins after practicing at the Royal Children’s Hospital and directing the Australian Centre of Food and Allergy Research.
    While the federal election in May 2022 rearranged some of the chairs at the table, the RACP is proud of all its members who have taken the brave steps of entering the political fray. The represent all colours of the political spectrum and we are grateful to have such influential champions for health policy.
    Guests
    Dr Rob Lethbridge FRACP (Perth Children’s Hospital) 
    Dr Mike Freelander MP FRACP
    Dr Katie Allen MP (at time of interview)
    Production
    Written by RACP Professional Practice team. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Ikigai’ by Twelwe and ‘No Show (Instrumental Version)’ by Penny Lane. Photo courtesy of Michael@Unsplash
    Please visit the RACP website for a transcript. RACP members can claim CPD credits for listening via MyCPD. 

    • 19 min
    Ep80: Healthcare in a Volatile Climate

    Ep80: Healthcare in a Volatile Climate

    The globe has already warmed by more than one degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels and is on track to exceed two degrees by the end of the century. It doesn’t sound like a lot but this will have profound effects on human health with Australia being particularly vulnerable. Most obviously, Australia’s biggest cities will become furnaces in summer with a more than doubling of heat-related mortality. The rising temperatures will also increase frequency of the climate oscillations that delivered us record-breaking temperatures and bushfires in 2019-2020, followed by historic rains and floods last summer. 
     In this podcast we discuss the effects of this increasingly volatile climate on the health of Australians, from infectious disease to respiratory and even mental health. Professor Lynne Madden explains how the health system can become more resilient to these demands and what measures the RACP is asking Federal Government to commit to in preparation for this.  Find out more about the "Health Climate Future" campaign here.  
    Guest
    Prof Lynne Madden FAPHM (University of Notre Dame)

    Production
    Written and produced by Mic Cavazzini DPhil. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Kauko’ and ‘Ikigai’ by Twelwe. Music courtesy of FreeMusicArchive includes ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Mystery Mammal, ‘Namaste’ by Jason Shaw. 
    Please visit the RACP website for a transcript and supporting references. RACP members can claim CPD credits for listening via MyCPD. 

    • 33 min
    Ep79: Melanoma vs the Double-Edged Sword

    Ep79: Melanoma vs the Double-Edged Sword

    Immune checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionised care for patients with advanced melanoma and other cancers. These days around half of patients with unresectable metastatic melanoma can expect to live to five years after a regime of agents such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab. That’s up to ten times the survival rate of patients a decade ago, when the chaemotherapy Dacarbazine was the front-line treatment. 
    Over half of these patients who respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors will go on to survive long-term but it’s still not possible to identify responders in advance. On top of this, some of the immune-related side-effects of therapy can be serious enough to require stopping therapy. Oncologist Matt Carlino explains how to approach the challenging conversations with patients about hopes around expectations for prognosis and quality of life.
     The risk-benefit equation becomes harder to balance when considering treatment for grade III or even grade II melanomas, as an adjuvant to surgery. Associate Professor Carlino also discusses the process of getting these new indications listed on the PBS, or how treatment can be funded when they are not. 
    Guest
    Associate Professor Matteo Carlino FRACP (Westmead Hospital; Blacktown Hospital; Melanoma Institute Australia; University of Sydney)
    Production
    Written and produced by Mic Cavazzini DPhil. Music courtesy of FreeMusicArchive includes ‘Headway’ and ‘Denouement’ by Kai Engel, ‘Tavern’ by Sergey Cheremisinov, ‘New Times’ by 4T Thieves. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Dusty Decks’ by Soul Single Serenade. Image licensed from Getty Images.
    Please visit the RACP website for a transcript and supporting references. Fellows of the College can claim CPD credits for listening to the podcast and reading supporting resources. 

    • 46 min
    Ep78: The Advocate’s Journey

    Ep78: The Advocate’s Journey

    The core work of being a physician is demanding enough. But if you’re seeing patients come in day after day with ailments that have social determinants behind them, you may start to feel like Sisyphus; heaving that boulder up the hill only to have to start from the bottom every time it slips your grasp. Surely it would be better to change those socioeconomic drivers but where do you even begin?

    In fact, the three word mission statement of the RACP is Educate - Advocate – Innovate.  In this podcast, former General Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Patrick Tobin, explains how the College helps physicians put cases of health equity to those in power.  We hear from Kids off Nauru champion Dr Helen Young, and Dr Jin Russell explains how to harness social media to capture the attention of politicians and journalists. The interviews are drawn from an RACP-produced documentary called The Advocate's Journey hosted by Dr Robert Lethbridge. It is ever-more relevant given the high profile of public health in recent times. 
    Guests
    Dr Rob Lethbridge FRACP (Perth Children’s Hospital) 
    Dr Helen Young FRACP (Royal North Shore Hospital; The Children’s Hospital at Westmead)
    Patrick Tobin
    Dr Jin Russell FRACP (Starship Children's Hospital; University of Auckland)
     Production
    Written and produced by Mic Cavazzini DPhil. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Missing Memories’ by Christopher Moe Ditlevesen, ‘Kauko’ by Twelwe, ‘Full House Dusk’ by River Foxcroft and ‘No Show (Instrumental)’ by Penny Lane. Image licenced from Getty Images. 
    Please visit the RACP website for a transcript and supporting references. Fellows of the College can claim CPD credits for listening to the podcast and reading supporting resources. 

    • 38 min
    Ep77: Deciding with Children

    Ep77: Deciding with Children

    Note to listeners: Please consider joining the Podcast Editorial Group for 2022. Key responsibilities are to:
    (1) Discuss potential new podcast topics and prioritise them for development
    (2) For a chosen topic, suggest themes to explore and people to interview
    (3) Listen to audio drafts and provide feedback to the producer to improve it before publication
    Correspondence is conducted entirely via informal emails and the time commitment averages under 90 minutes per month. More information at https://www.racp.edu.au/podcast 
    This episode is shared from the Essential Ethics podcast produced at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. It is presented by paediatric respiratory physician John Massie and clinical ethicist Lynn Gillam who are respectively the Clinical Lead and Academic Director of the Children's Bioethics Centre.
    In a series titled “Deciding with Children” they raise the following questions. When can a child be considered to have autonomy to make healthcare decisions for themselves? What intrinsic rights does a young patient have up to this age of so-called Gillick competence? How should responsibility for difficult decisions be shared between the patients, the parents and clinicians? And is it possible to minimise the moral injury when the wishes of the patient need to be over-ruled? For the full series go to rch.org.au/podcasts/essential-ethics. 
    Guests
    Prof Lynn Gillam (Academic Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, University of Melbourne)
    Prof John Massie FRACP (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, University of Melbourne)
    Assoc Prof Clare Delany (Children’s Bioethics Centre, University of Melbourne)
    Assoc Prof Daryl Efron (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne)
    Production
    Written and produced by Mic Cavazzini DPhil. Music licenced from Epidemic Sound includes ‘Kryptonite’ by Blue Steel, ‘Going Undercover’, ‘I Have a Plan’, ‘See you Soon’ by Borrtex and ‘By the Harbor’ by Mhern. Image courtesy of Jin Han Tan at Flickr. Feedback on this episode was kindly provided by the following members of the Podcast Editorial Group.
    Please visit the RACP website for a transcript and supporting references. Fellows of the College can claim CPD credits for listening to the podcast and reading supporting resources. 

    • 47 min

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