Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The start to 2020 has been difficult, especially those directly affected by our bushfires. Many of us are busily working in affected communities. These are unprecedented times, which bring a range of professional and personal challenges. AFMW acknowledges the role of all the medical and health professionals who stayed in fire and smoke affected areas in order to serve their communities and all the locum doctors who rapidly volunteered to help and support. Since AFMW stands for and with all women medical doctors, we at AFMW particularly acknowledge the role of women doctors who have been part of this effort.
1. Communication – Bushfire Crisis Conversation and Action Guide
What can we all do as doctors? Medical doctors are taught to listen and from listening learn how to move forward – these skills are very important for our communities now.
Start with heartfelt conversations about the bushfires with your own community or your own patients as appropriate.
Conversations are a way to :
1. Connect and check in about how the fires, the smoke, the heat and the drought are affecting folk
2. Start to build understanding about the causes, impacts and solutions
3. Plan action to respond to this “new normal”
Credit to School Strike 4 Climate Change.
2. Staying safe
Collated by the new AFMW Newsletter Editor, Katie Gould. We welcome her to the AFMW team.