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11 October 2018

Last week visiting Professor Jonathon Silverman, a retired GP of 30 years and former Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine at Cambridge University, came to the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Geraldton to present two workshops to local health professionals on improving clinical communication skills between health practitioners and patients.

The ability for health practitioners to communicate effectively with their patients is essential for safe and high quality health care. 

Unfortunately, communication skills are sometimes not taught well during health care training.

WACRH Senior Lecturer Dr Ivan Lin said that the opportunity to work with an international expert of Professor Silverman’s standing was a bonus.

“One of Professor Silverman’s key messages at the workshops was that ineffective communication is an issue across the board but it can be improved through the right teaching and practice, which is something our team are working on in the Clinical Yarning project”.  

Professor Silverman has been working with a team from WACRH and UWA, along with other universities, on the Clinical Yarning project to improve clinical communication.

The WACRH-UWA led project aims to improve practitioner-patient communication in Aboriginal health care.

To learn more on Clinical Yarning, read the paper ‘Yarn with me’ by WACRH’s Ivan Lin, Charmaine Green, and UWA’s Prof Dawn Bessarab -

Photo caption: Professor Jonathon Silverman with his wife Doctor Barbara Silverman in front of the Ilgarijiri Emu Eggs on the Geraldton Foreshore.

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