Friday, 24 April 2020 09:37

Flourishing in an ageing population

I started writing this on 20 April 2020; the globe suffering in the malicious clutches of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand in week four of its Level 4 lockdown, and the world coming to terms with redefining the meaning of such things as community, healthcare, economic recovery, and humanity.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:10

Empathy takes on defensive dehumanising

“By putting ourselves into the story of people who on the surface appear different from us, we can recognise our common humanity with them. And that can trigger empathy in a really natural way.”

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:36

Life, death and our future selves

The 'End of Life Choice Bill' has passed its third reading in New Zealand Parliament, and a binding referendum will be held at the 2020 general election to decide whether to implement this bill into law.

The issues to consider in this process are complex and emotive.

Sunday, 07 July 2019 13:08

Prevention - the role of imagination

“We might neglect our future selves because of some failure of belief or imagination.”

This statement from the English philosopher Derek Parfit highlights the challenges we face when considering issues of prevention. How do we best prepare for the future when it seems so far away? The future we need to prepare for may be one of a crisis, or simply the challenges of normal living.

Monday, 01 July 2019 14:20

Medical oaths and self-care

The majority of medical graduates swear some kind of oath, usually at graduation. The traditional Hippocratic Oath is used by a diminishing number, with a version of this, the Geneva Declaration and other prayers forming more popular commitments by new doctors and nurses.

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