Working as a medical doctor in New Zealand and overseas has taken me on a journey of challenge and delight with the variety and intimacy of caring for people. I am an enthusiastic advocate for the concept of flourishing, both for individuals and for communities. Aristotle promoted that for human beings to flourish, they needed social connection within community.
These blogs are intended to be a healing balm for the often dis-eased and non-flourishing places we find ourselves in when health and wellness are not ideal. By explaining some of the issues from a medical carer’s perspective, I hope to encourage the reader to engage in better social connection with those around us who are unwell and those who want to care.
I encourage the reader to engage in a dialogue with me on these blogs. Upcoming topics will be:
- The importance of imagination in preventing future harm
- Dementia and how to communicate well.
- Medical oaths and self-care.
- Valuing trusting relationships in healthcare
- Counterfactual thinking and how to make use of this.