19 Mar 2019

How do we care for the carer?

From Nine To Noon, 9:41 am on 19 March 2019
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Compassion for patients is a prerequisite for healthcare professionals -  but who is caring for the carer?  Professor Nathan Consedine is a psychologist who specialises in the study of emotion and compassion. He says health professionals are compassionate by nature but that compassion begins to wane when doctors become burnt out, as a result of short GP visits, long hours and stretched staffing rosters. Nathan talks to Kathryn about the systemic issues which plague the health sector and undermine doctors ability to practice with compassion.