Thanks to all health workers over Christmas

Thanks to all health workers over Christmas

Tuesday 24 December 2019


The Australian Medical Association (WA) is sending a big “thank you” to all medical professionals working over the Christmas season, and a reminder to many stressed organisers to keep it in perspective.


AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said Christmas was a time for families to come together but many doctors, nurses, first responders and other professionals were choosing instead to devote themselves to the health of West Australians.


“Santa Claus is not the only person working over Christmas and I would ask that all West Australians think of the time with their families that doctors and nurses are giving up to provide urgent and important health services.”


“So to all who will toil on Christmas day in our health service, providing care to many of us, thank you – your work is much appreciated.”


“They might be wearing reindeer antlers, but they are still working hard to provide us all with world class health care,” Dr Miller said.


“Many of us will need health services over the Christmas/New Year seasons and they will be there 24/7 to assist.”


Dr Miller also called on West Australians to take care during the Christmas holiday break.


“It might be tempting to handle the hot weather on Christmas day with alcohol, but this can and does unfortunately result in tragic consequences particularly if mixed with driving or swimming.


“Take it easy, set a good example for the kids, and avoid drinking too much, as it only makes annoying relatives worse, leads to sunburn, headaches and unnecessary arguments,” Dr Miller said.


“Mental well-being in particular can take a hit when our expectations are too high and we place too much emphasis on one day of the year. We really we need to focus on being mindful of a balance to life. Whether you’re planning the full northern hemisphere turkey disaster, as I am, or a few climate appropriate prawns – remember it is really about connection and family and enjoy without stress.



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