In the latest edition of The Oncology Podcast, Dr Craig Underhill chats with Professor Fran Boyle about burnout and resilience.
It’s an honest and practical look at oncoburnout, corona anxiety, zoom cognitive load, telehealth communication skills and the multi-tasking myth.
This is the extended version of the interview that began in Episode 10 of The Oncology Journal Club.
Fran and Craig discuss practical ways to manage burnout and support good mental health. If you have ever wondered how useful mindfulness is in the oncology profession or if you are seeking recommendations and practical tips on how to combat burnout, then this is the podcast for you!
About Fran Boyle
Fran Boyle is a Medical Oncologist at North Sydney’s Mater Hospital, where she is Director of the Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care and Research, and Professor of Medical Oncology. She has been involved in research and teaching in communication in health care for the past 20 years, and is currently Director of the Pam McLean Centre in the Sydney Medical School. Understanding professional burnout, and its relationship to empathy, teamwork and communication, has been a focus for the Pam McLean team. The more so as they find themselves trying to be balanced during crazy times with COVID.
About Craig Underhill
Dr Craig Underhill completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1987 at Melbourne University. He completed medical oncology training in Melbourne and worked as the Senior Clinical Research Registrar at Guy’s Hospital, London.
In 1998 arrived in Albury-Wodonga and established a medical oncology practice and clinical trials unit which has developed expertise and infrastructure to ensure the initiation of high quality trials. The research Unit lead by Dr Underhill has twice been awarded NSW Premier’s Award for Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials, the inaugural award in 2009 and then again in 2012.
Dr Underhill chaired a working party that was instrumental in securing $65 million in federal funding for The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre which opened in September 2016.
Dr Underhill is the VCCC Regional Oncology Lead and advocates for the increased access to clinical trials for regional Victorians and leads the VCCC teletrials program.
Resources discussed include:
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Hello Sunday Morning website
- Black Dog Institute website. Also TEN: The Essential Network, a Black Dog Institute App just launched for health professionals
- RSPCA Adopt a Pet website
With thanks to Craig Underhill, Fran Boyle and Graham Knowles.