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Beyond the Stethoscope


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Lucy Mayes is a trained lawyer, social worker and company director. She works as a leadership, community and organisational development consultant, and story catcher. Her writing has been published in literary and academic journals and she is a sought-after speaker and facilitator. Lucy has served on several not for profit Boards and has worked in leadership development for over 20 years. Her innovative work in leadership has led to her being awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, and being Victorian runner up of the prestigious Australian Rural Women's Award in 2008, sponsored by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Lucy lives in Central Victoria, Australia where she is a proud and passionate mother, wife and community member. Her interest in the medical profession stems from her role as 'doctor's wife, ' and also from a former life practicing medical litigation law, and a lifetime interest in human systems and purpose and wellbeing at work.


"Great writers draw you into the story from the first page; Lucy Mayes is one of those. In a moving, heart-warming and inspiring tale, Lucy sets out to rescue her doctor husband Richard from impending burnout. Her method? Collecting stories from doctors who still love their work and who find ways to flourish in a broken system. The end result is a profound gift, not just for her husband, but for all who practice medicine. Lucy has the advantage of viewing medical practice from outside the profession, asking fresh questions and bringing deep humanity to her quest. Highly recommended, this book will save many doctors' careers and will be a great blessing for their patients too."Dr Robin Youngson, Anaesthetist, Author and Founder of Hearts in Healthcare "It is hoped that many doctors and patients will read and be inspired by the wisdom and compassion of the doctors who have shared their insights in the pages of this book, Beyond the Stethoscope. Heaven knows we need it."Dr Craig Hassed, General Practitioner, Lecturer and Author "Wisdom is timeless and the re-discovery of it is always timely. This book is about the wisdom revealed by doctors on reflection of their experience. These stories make a chorus of voices that encourage the progressive integration of self and other concern, that is only effective when there is deeper awareness of the human condition and all of its connections. The physical, psychological and emotional dimensions of the co-dependent doctor-patient relationship are revealed to a point that is, at its least, transparent and tangible, and at its best, transcendent. I unreservedly recommend this compelling account of individual journeys to better medicine through the lives of a broad range of doctors, so ably and sympathetically presented by Lucy Mayes." Mark R Newton, MD FRACP, Neurologist, Victoria "There is one common thread that connects and ties these inspirational stories so generously shared by all - the Heart and Art of Medicine, and our compassion to heal and be healed"Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM, Holistic General Practitioner and health leader "Doctors love their evidence based medicine, but when we are talking about really difficult topics, the power of narrative trumps all the statistical evidence you could ever accumulate. These stories and the conversations they will enable are vital to the wellbeing and sustainability of our profession." Dr Katie Moore, Paediatric Oncologist, Monash Health. "Lucy Mayes has travelled the world to bring us inspiring stories of doctors who have found ways to revolutionise healthcare by reuniting healing and spirituality. Their acts of love, compassion and kindness fill me with hope. They have found a way to put the "care" back in healthcare. This is the 'new medicine' that will change the world, one empowered patient and one conscious health care provider at a time!"Sharlene Crage, Wellness Coach "Artistic story teller Lucy Mayes has spent eight years listening with doctors: communing, story-catching, learning, celebrating, and mourning. Beyond the Stethoscope reveals varied experiences in medicine. Here are 'back stage' vulnerabilities of ordinary, extraordinary humans; oath-bound bearers and givers of state of the art medical knowledge, who choose to pour out life daily. I am awed, as I was absorbed, reading this astonishing tapestry. All you doctors who have shared life glimpses; the world's doctors whose stories are hidden - we patients are deeply grateful." Carol McDonough, Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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