FROM THE CEO
FROM THE CEO
Throughout the pandemic, AMA (NSW) has continued to work to support doctors and their practices. We’re here for you.
ONE OF THE difficulties in my job is that I often end up interacting with doctors (and indeed non-doctors), during difficult times in their lives or their careers.
It’s not uncommon to start discussions with, “I wish we were not meeting like this.”
Despite these often-difficult conversations, these interactions are often the most rewarding.
Being able to support our doctors is at the core of what we do.
In situations where people feel they are overwhelmed, I often encourage them to find the things that they do feel they can control and hold onto it.
In these uncertain times, we wanted this edition of The NSW Doctor to serve as a reminder of the amazing things that can be done as a doctor. Our members have unique abilities that allow them to make a difference in people’s lives every day – and that is something worth holding on to.
Doctors have an extraordinary ability not just to care for the patient in front of them but for the community at large. It’s a good time to remember those ambitions and to think of the projects and priorities you want to be working towards.
Throughout the pandemic, AMA (NSW) has continued to support doctors and their practices. We have provided advice on matters such as vaccinations to QR codes and everything in between.
Our dedicated Workplaces Relations Advisors are an excellent source of support, and you can reach them by phone or email at any time.
Finally, I would like to remind all of our members of the importance of taking care of yourselves and taking care of each other.
In my interactions with doctors – either in person or online – the sense of fatigue is evident.
We have had months of cancelled plans and disappointed families and people who have worked longer than they should without taking leave.
While a “staycation” is not much fun for anyone, it can be particularly unfulfilling for doctors where the demands of patients and calls tend to intrude when you are not able to say, “I am away.”
So, now more than ever, remember the supports available to you, check in with each other, allow a little additional patience and tolerance and hold on to the things that matter to you.