Being Well in Difficult Times - Gordon

Gordon* is a thirty something rural proceduralist GP. Gordon contributed to the national guidelines for the management of COVID-19. Would being in his shoes change your thinking about the pandemic?

If you need help, please call

  • Lifeline- 13 11 14
  • BeyondBlue - 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
Suicide Call Back Service Online Chat

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope.  Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times.  We asked a range of health professionals 3 big questions to see if there was anything we could learn from them 

Gordon, what are your biggest concerns about the pandemic? 

  • The fragility of rural medical workforce and resources to handle the pandemic.
  • Having insufficient support from hospital administration to prepare for the pandemic.
  • Having to shoulder too much clinical responsibilities to fight the pandemic, and not being able to provide enough to protect the community and as a consequence having to make tough ethical decisions, and/or falling ill yourself.  
  • Being cut off from usual social support and social isolation due to living rurally.

How are you managing your anxiety about these things? 

  • Social and professional support are important to allay these anxieties and develop strategies to tackle the pandemic in a coordinated meaningful way. This is not easy in isolated rural towns.
  • Vivacious use of online communication tools helps to stay in touch socially. 
  • Incessant quest to equip oneself with more knowledge about the pandemic is paramount in ensuring you have what it takes to shape the course of preparation in your organisation. 
  • Attending local, regional and state-wide online meetings to understand the situation with other locations and sharing information has helped.
  •  Appropriate use of social media has been helpful but it can also be detrimental.
  • Trying to accept a new reality and that it is not forever and adjusting expectations accordingly.
  • Recognising that everybody else is more or less in the same situation, and that you are probably in a significantly better position than others.

 Do you think the experience of this little bit of history will make a difference to you or your plans for the future?

  •  This experience has made us become aware about how critically important public health and infectious control are in health care and our lives. The strategic planning around the pandemic will only serve to help future public health crisis, in fact, it has helped immensely reshape the approach to our day-to-day clinical care.

*Not his real name

{{commentCount}} comment(s). You must be logged in and AHPRA verified to view and comment. Login here.

Dr. Phoebe Holdenson Kimura

Phoebe is a GP working in Sydney who is passionate about promoting mental wellbeing and supporting GPs who have a special interest in Mental Health. With recent experience working in rural Far North Queensland and Cambodia, she is interested in rural and global perspectives on mental health.

The latest healthcare news from medcast

COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?
COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?

Like me, you probably spend a lot of time talking to people about how they feel about the COVID 19 pandemic, but do you talk to them about their thoughts and beliefs about it?

Medication Spotlight: Paracetamol
Medication Spotlight: Paracetamol

A frequently used medication in community and hospital settings is paracetamol (named acetaminophen in some countries). It has less adverse effects than other analgesics, as it has no effect on platelet functioning and allergies are very rare.

Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth
Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth

Suicide in Australia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occur at twice the rate of the general population. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at even greater risk, those aged 5 to 17 years, suicide is the le...

COVID-19 – A Clinical Update Webinar
COVID-19 – A Clinical Update Webinar

SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on global health and economics. Australian GPs are on the frontline and they are forced to make decisions in a medical landscape where the parameters for testing are changing daily and many pa...

Why should we be laughing?
Why should we be laughing?

Right now, most of us are a bit upset in one way or another. Some of us are very upset. Stress, frustration, grief, anxiety, sadness, isolation, loneliness, worry about the present, worry about the future – all these things are rising to the surfa...

Aging Well – a personal perspective
Aging Well – a personal perspective

At 65 and a half (yes, it’s come to that. I’m actually counting the months again!) I find myself reluctantly looking down the barrel of a shotgun labelled “old age”.  It’s OK, don’t panic – I’m not unwell. It’s just that my body hurts and people k...

The CHIME GP study
The CHIME GP study

Clinical and Healthcare Improvement through My Health Record Usage and Education in General Practice

Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!
Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!

Has anyone heard that or a variation of it recently? I’ll bet you have! Many years ago, before I had kids of my own, I used to hear my brother-in-law saying to his bored and whining kids “Come on then, I’ll give you a job. I’ve got plenty for y...

What’s your COVID number? A simple way to keep everyone safe and comfortable
What’s your COVID number? A simple way to keep everyone safe and comfortable

A friend mentioned a really great way for managing this which I have been using and sharing with others. As people are going to have different comfort levels when it comes to spending time together, she told me about sharing her COVID social comfo...

Being Well in Difficult Times - Talah
Being Well in Difficult Times - Talah

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope.  Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times.  In this blog post we speak to Talah - a a Gumbaynggirr/Yaegl young person who shar...

We’re listening at last to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices in Mental Health
We’re listening at last to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices in Mental Health

Whilst significant progress has been made in incorporating these voices generally, there is a call for diversity in these Lived Experience voices, namely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience.

Being Well in Difficult Times- Zoe
Being Well in Difficult Times- Zoe

Zoe is a registered nurse working in theatres. She has elderly parents and a young son. How is she staying so positive in the face of CoVID-19?

Eating Disorders in Adults: Assessment & Treatment Options
Eating Disorders in Adults: Assessment & Treatment Options

Eating disorders, broadly defined by disturbances in eating behaviour and distress centred on food, eating, and body image, affect nearly one million Australians. This blog covers the assessment and treatment options for various conditions.

Being Well in Difficult Times - Gordon
Being Well in Difficult Times - Gordon

Gordon* is a thirty something rural proceduralist GP. Gordon contributed to the national guidelines for the management of COVID-19. Would being in his shoes change your thinking about the pandemic?

Being Well in Difficult Times - Sally
Being Well in Difficult Times - Sally

Sally* is the director of new urban private practice. She is a generalist psychologist & qualified teacher in her mid-forties with two ‘tween girls, and vulnerable (but fit) parents. Her clients include young children, teenagers, university studen...

Being Well in Difficult Times - Margot
Being Well in Difficult Times - Margot

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope with life's challenges. Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times. We've asked a range of health professionals 3 big questions t...

Being Well in Difficult Times- Elizabeth
Being Well in Difficult Times- Elizabeth

How would you feel if you were pregnant right now? It would probably add a whole other dimension to your concern. What if, to add to the puzzle, your work made you responsible for the mental health of others? Elizabeth* is a thirty-something s...

Being Well in Difficult Times - Dr Vered Gordon
Being Well in Difficult Times - Dr Vered Gordon

Dr Vered Gordon is a GP in Sydney’s Northern Beaches with a special interest in perinatal mental health. For more than a decade Vered developed Black Dog Institute’s highly regarded Professional Education workshops.

Being Well in Difficult Times- Michael Kidd
Being Well in Difficult Times- Michael Kidd

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope with life's challenges. Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times. Michael's CoVID-19 job responsibilities are huge and his...

Communication in the time of COVID-19
Communication in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive, and almost overnight, transformation in Australian general practice, most notably with the rapid rise in telehealth. What does effective communication via telehealth look like?

Join Medcast. It's free and you'll get instant access to essential healthcare news, research and more.

Already a member? Sign-in