I’m back home this week before heading off to the Gold Coast for a national Medical Educators’ conference. I’ve been given the honour of co-facilitating a one day forum for Medical Educators and Indigenous Cultural Educators. I will also be presenting a workshop on one of my favourite topics: ‘Using medical humanities to build empathy in doctors’.
This brings me to the book of the week: ‘all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body’ by Quinn Eades. Quinn, who created this book as part of a PhD in creative writing, writes poignantly about many experiences from a patient’s point of view, including being a new mother, having a hysterectomy, and the journey of having a twisted ovary being diagnosed…..eventually. The book also contains several traumatic life events experienced by Quinn, whilst identifying as a ‘she’. Quinn now identifies as a transman who has begun transitioning since the book was published. I admire Quinn’s courage, his incredible resilience, and willingness to show his vulnerability.
Those of you who read ‘The Value of Persistence’ post on July 27, 2016, may recall that I was seeking photos of a one day adventure tour to Palm Valley, NT, from another tour member after the camera on my iphone filled up unexpectedly. Well, the USB with the photos finally arrived. I have included some of the best photos below.
And finally, here’s a nice facebook entry from KOGO (Knit One Give One). Posted on August 18, 2016.
AND SO THE JOURNEY ENDS….
Remember the bag of beanies that we packed on August 2nd that were on their circuitous route to NT? They reached their final destination this week.
The bag of beanies were split and and sent out to Indigenous communities in Kiwirrkurra (WA), and to Amata (SA).
Many thanks to our wonderful courier Dr Bambi Ward!
Bambi is a Medical Educator for Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) and travels to NT on a regular basis.
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