Medical professionals and patients agree, on the whole, that our healthcare system should be compassionate and patient-focused – but whether we’re meeting our own standards is a whole other question.
In this discussion, we’ll explore the idea of compassionate healthcare, and consider whether we’re meeting the mark in Australia today. Can empathy for patients be taught to medical students, or is empathy something that can’t be taught at all? Can bureaucratic and staffing obstacles create a crueller healthcare system? How much waste is in our system, and how might money be better spent to deliver the level of care that professionals want to provide – and that patients deserve?
Join 7.30 reporter and Question Time host Madeleine Morris for a full hour of Q&A on the present and future of Australian healthcare. Madeleine will be joined by medical oncologist Ranjana Srivastava, Lucy Cuddihy (head of nursing and midwifery at Barwon Health), and mental health advocate Kate Richards.