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Challenging Communication: Damian Roland at DFTB18


This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families.

When Ian and Callum Summers spoke about the importance of child centred communication it was all about the simulated patient. This talk from Damian is about child centred communication in the real world.

What do the children see in your place of work? Is all they see shoes and knees? Is all they hear beeps and the clatter of trolleys? Damian Roland goes beyond the basic history and look to the motivation of the patients or their parents.

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