As health practitioners, we write “stories” every day. The clinical record is our interpretation of our patient’s story (History) and a summary of our response (Examination and Management Plan). It does not allow for much creativity on the part of the writer and is limited in its ability to assist the health practitioner in making sense of what has gone on for them personally.
To assist in healing this imbalance, local GP, author and podcaster, Dr Hilton Koppe is offering a reflective writing workshop. This lighthearted workshop will guide participants in using reflective writing to transform challenging patients into interesting people, and to transform difficult situations into interesting experiences. The workshop has been designed to reduce professional isolation, burnout and compassion fatigue.
Morning tea will be provided. Please bring along a pen and a sense of curiosity. No previous writing experience is needed.
- Learn new skills in reflective writing
- Reflect on the personal impact of working as a health practitioner through the use of structured writing exercises
- Develop skills in using reflective writing as a way of personal debriefing about experiences at work
- Reignite previously lost passions for creativity.
About Dr Hilton Koppe:
Dr Hilton Koppe is a writer, educator, podcaster and doctor living on Bundjalung Land on the east coast of Australia. He is a long-standing member of Dementia Training Australia’s GP education team.
Hilton facilitates reflective writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burnout. The workshops have been adapted for people living with chronic and mental illnesses, as well as enthusiastic amateur writers. Hilton has been invited to present his workshops all the way from Byron Writers Festival to Harvard Medical School.
Hilton’s book, One Curious Doctor: A Memoir of Medicine, Migration and Mortality, explores the personal impact of working as a country doctor. His play, Enduring Witness, is used to facilitate conversations about end-of-life care. Hilton is co-host of Dementia In Practice, a top 100 Great Australian Pod.
Who should attend:
This is event is for General Practitioners only, please provide your RACGP or ACRRM number to register.
Limited space available, register now.