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Taking care: A podcast of conversations about public safety and health care

21 Jan 2020

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) is today launching its podcast channel, ‘Taking care’.

‘Taking care’ is a series of podcasts that highlight Ahpra and the National Boards’ commitment to public safety and its ongoing conversation about the work of health practitioner regulation in Australia.

‘Taking care’ features a broad range of conversations and interviews with experts from the community, health professions people from health, regulation and the broader community. Ahpra hosts an intentionally diverse list of guests to address myths and common questions about public safety in health care, to offer professional and consumer perspectives on current issues.

The latest podcast, released today, features award-winning author and medical researcher, Dr Kate Richards. In this episode, Kate discusses her experience as a trainee doctor and mental health patient. Kate also talks about challenges for young trainee doctors and the serious obstacles that patients can face in their effort to access good, safe and humane health care.

‘Although as health professionals we are very aware of stigma when our patients are suffering from mental illness, I think there’s a different level of stigma when it’s another health professional who is suffering from that mental illness.’

'One of the things I struggled with as a student was not knowing where to go for help. It’s so important that we take care of our students and that their mental health as they’re studying is a really important part of their journey to become professionals,’ Dr Richards said.

Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher said that the podcast channel and the video series it follows, provides opportunity for significant discussions about health and the essential role of regulation in protecting the public and supporting the safe delivery of health care in Australia.

‘These conversations highlight what’s important in health care. People want to feel like they are being seen and heard when they consult with a health practitioner, and that they’re in safe hands. Practitioners are telling us how it feels from their perspective; including difficulties associated with self-care and what makes it harder for them to do their job. We are listening. We are committed to doing what we can to improve the experience for the public and registered health practitioners, with public safety at the front of everything we do,’ Mr Fletcher said.

Find out more about safe healthcare in Australia by downloading our podcasts about:

  • A conversation with author and medical researcher Kate Richards: a patient and practitioner perspective.
  • The practitioner experience of a notification, a conversation with Dr Anne Tonkin.
  • Safe, competent and ethical health practitioners: a public perspective.
  • Vexatious notifications: a practitioner perspective.

Subscribe to Ahpra’s ‘Taking care’ podcast channel for access to interesting conversations about the latest issues affecting safe health care in Australia. New episodes released fortnightly. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and the ‘Taking care’ show page on Whooshka.

Feedback or comments about the ‘Taking care’ podcast channel, or any of the downloadable episodes, are welcome via web enquiry. Contact the team if you are interested in hosting the podcast on your website or social media.

For more information

  • For more information about hosting the podcast on your website or social media please contact us via web enquiry.
  • For media enquiries: 03 8708 9200
    For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 8708 9009 (overseas callers).
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