President's Blog

He iti hau marangai e tū te pāhokahoka – Just like a rainbow after a storm, success follows tough times

18 December 2023
2.35 Min Read

By NZSAwebadmin
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Two weeks into the summer holidays (we get to start a little early at our schools) and I can already feel the shift in gear in our home. The chaos of mornings; lunches, uniforms, shoes (where is my PE gear?) amidst a constant backdrop of obligations, is melting slowly into a haze of sun-kissed noses, Pohutukawa leaves, barbeques, and sand edging its way through the house. New Zealand’s stunning whenua comes to life during summer, providing a backdrop of inspiration and tranquillity. As anaesthetists, the opportunity to unwind and recharge becomes crucial for maintaining mental and physical well-being. Whether enjoying the pristine beaches, exploring nature trails, or simply soaking up the sun, take the time to rejuvenate and find balance during this season of warmth and beauty.

As the summer sun graces us with its warmth, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to our colleagues who tirelessly continue their work in the public system and its operating theatres during the holidays. Your unwavering dedication and commitment to patient care do not go unnoticed. I am genuinely thankful for your sacrifices to ensure those in need receive the best treatment. It is your collective effort and selflessness that contribute to the well-being of our patients and the overall success of our healthcare system. Thank you for your exceptional service and for embodying the true spirit of medical care, even when others may be taking a well-deserved break.

Looking ahead to 2024, the summer season is an ideal time for anaesthetists to reflect on their professional journey and set goals for the upcoming year. Consider attending conferences, workshops, and networking events to stay abreast of the latest advancements in our field. Embrace opportunities for continued education and collaboration with colleagues, whether locally or internationally. I personally cannot wait for the WFSA congress in Singapore and the Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASM hosted by Waitematā in Tāmaki Makaurau.

2023 has been a year filled with challenges. I know that many of us are burnt out and feel undervalued, with feelings of hopelessness and despair. He iti hau marangai e tū te pāhokahoka – Just like a rainbow after a storm, success follows tough times.

At the NZSA we are rearing and ready to go for 2024. To continue advocacy for our profession within the Te Whatu Ora framework, in conversations with ACC, and ongoing meetings with Private Practice stakeholders. To continue advocacy for our patients through important submissions on policies that affect their long-term health and facilitate the provision of safe care. And to deliver meaningful benefits to make your life easier, with exciting new projects.

But for now – a time for peace, sun, and connection. Here’s to a summer of rejuvenation and a year ahead filled with exciting developments and meaningful advancements in the world of Aotearoa Anaesthesia.

Meri Kirihimete, kia haumaru te noho, e hoa mā.

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