Woods to mo­ti­vate

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

RENOWNED burns sur­geon Fiona Wood will present a lec­ture about mo­ti­va­tion at Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal (FSH) as part of a se­ries named in her hon­our.

The City Beach res­i­dent will take to the stage at 6pm on Septem­ber 11 as part of the Fiona Wood Pub­lic Lec­ture Se­ries.

Dr Wood said she wanted the pub­lic to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the health sys­tem and how they fit­ted into it.

“I’m a burns sur­geon and I’ve worked in health all my adult life; I’ve seen suf­fer­ing that is over­whelm­ing,” she said.

“I’ve seen suf­fer­ing that has changed peo­ple’s lives for­ever and I’ve worked in teams that I’ve built that have fo­cused on car­ing.

“That whole thing that we do is un­der­pinned by car­ing for peo­ple, it’s fun­da­men­tal, so we start ex­plor­ing what mo­ti­vates us and that is a hard ques­tion to an­swer. I will talk about mo­ti­va­tion both ex­ter­nally plus what keeps you go­ing in­ter­nally.”

Dr Wood said she often thought about mo­ti­va­tion and the ways that peo­ple over­came in­cred­i­ble odds.

“You see some of the pa­tients and they just keep go­ing and I see it in my team some days,” she said.

“Busi­ness as usual has to be the A-game all the time be­cause un­less you bring your A-game all the time and re­ally drive care at the best level, then you’ll al­ways be liv­ing with the ‘could have done bet­ter’.

“The re­port card that says you could have done bet­ter has no place in health. How do we use our knowl­edge of mo­ti­va­tion and of each other, em­pa­thy and car­ing to ac­tu­ally de­liver ex­cel­lence in health, that’s the idea.”

A sec­ond lec­ture is planned for Novem­ber 13 by FSH car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon Nikki Stamp, who will share in­sights into how men and women can main­tain a healthy heart.

Visit Try Book­ing to re­serve a place at the lec­tures.

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