Literature in Situ

There was a special treat on offer yesterday at the inaugural Literature in Situ event at Auckland City Hospital.

Amy McDaid, NICU Nurse, Starship Hospital, read from her award-winning debut novel Fake Baby and explored her experiences as a clinician and an author with the audience and panellists: Margaret Wilsher, Chief Medical Officer, Ingo Lambrecht, Clinical Psychologist and renowned New Zealand author Paula Morris.

Fake Baby won the Sir James Wallace Prize and was long listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. It is darkly humorous, with themes of grief, mental health, empathy and loss.

The discussion included how medical professionals can use literature to consider how other people experience the health system and how they can respond to that in their day-to-day roles.

Literature in Situ is a creative collaboration between Ara Manawa and the University of Auckland Faculty of Arts. Aimed at kaimahi, including students training for clinical roles, patients and whānau, the series is a forum for reflection, connection, and creative response around what it is like to be human in a hospital.

Our team at Ara Manawa() champions the needs of everyone who comes into contact with us at Auckland DHB– patients, whānau and staff – in the design of new spaces, services, experiences and products.  

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