Reflective Paper Student Name: Student Number: Reflective Paper 1.
Following the introductory week, what are your overall impressions about the various aspects of health care? For example, the health care models used or how different issues can affect health care provision. There are many different issues, which affect the health care industry and people’s health in general. There exist several disparities in health care in rural and urban settings.
People have different perceptions concerning healthcare, especially among the indigenous communities. The wide and scarce areas of central Australia contrast deeply with the urban areas. Resources are scarce in these areas, and there are few professionals, who have to handle many cases. Few aboriginal people get the chance to receive the quality healthcare that they would get were they in a different setting. On the other hand, the scarcity professionals in the field and the different cultures and lifestyles of the people give the professionals a chance to acquire more skills and knowledge while dealing with diverse cases.
Because of the remoteness of the regions, the indigenous people have learnt different ways of dealing with their health problems. Professionals working in these regions get a chance to combine the knowledge of conventional medicine by learning from the people. Level of community involvement and the support systems in place affect people’s health. The indigenous people have a different perception of health compared to the people in urban areas of the country.
They link their health and wellbeing, to their families and communities. People in the urban areas tend to be more individualistic, and they consider their health issues to be a private and personal matter. Ultimately, the different levels of thinking among the indigenous cultures mean that the government and health care professionals will apply different policies when dealing with health care in these communities. People in the urban areas have different support systems. They have more health care facilities available, and they can access different healthcare professionals more easily.
2. Describe four characteristics/professional attributes that are regarded as essential characteristics of an allied health practitioner. Choose two of these and illustrate how you would demonstrate these in practice. Allied health practitioners need to have good communication skills. They work with people from different cultures, and they do not speak the same language. Having good communication skills will ensure that the practitioners are able to understand the needs of the clients, and to solve their health problems. In addition to knowing how to communicate verbally, good communication skills also involve listening, cultural competence, and non-verbal communication.
They need to have good interpersonal skills. This will enable them to know how to interact well with people. Interpersonal skills are crucial because they help the practitioner to build and maintain a healthy working relationship with patients and other people. The practitioners need to know how to use their time and resources well (Thomas & Clark, 2007).
They work in geographic isolation, among a population that is sparsely distributed. Many of them cite lack of support from management as one of the greatest challenge to their work. They need to have good stress management.
The practitioners work in different environments, which can be particularly challenging because they work in professional isolation. They handle a huge backload of cases, and they do not have enough staff to help them manage all the work (Bent 1999). They need to know how to manage their stress well so that they do their work with efficiency. I would demonstrate interpersonal skills by developing an interest in the people. This will involve seeking to learn more about their culture, preferences, and beliefs. I will use the time and resources that I have well by developing a schedule, which will help me dedicate enough time in a specific region.
By doing this, I will be able to do more work in one area before moving on to the next region. 3. Imagine that you have just been diagnosed with a chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy. How would you feel? Would one type of chronic condition be better or worse than any other? Why? I would be devastated and shocked at the news. I think that it would take some time to absorb and accept the news, and it is highly likely that I would choose to seek a second opinion. I think that I would begin reflecting on the diagnosis, and looking at the alternatives I have I would ask the doctor many questions regarding the condition, and this would include questions such as what could have caused the condition and the possibilities of a cure, even if I know that there is no cure. I would then aim to find more about the condition from sources other than my healthcare provider, including any possible alternative treatments available.
Some chronic conditions may seem somehow better than others are because of the level of awareness and the support systems available. For instance, some people may prefer getting diabetes because they know that they can manage it using proper diet and medications. Others may prefer getting a different form of chronic condition because they may consider it relatively painless. However, I do not think that one form of chronic condition is better than another is. Some chronic conditions may seem worse, especially considering that the person may not be near any medical facilities.
Chronic conditions require people to adjust their lifestyles, and many people are not comfortable doing so (Jones & Creedy, 2012). For instance, they may require a person to exercise more, eat differently, or engage in different activities. A person with asthma cannot participate in many sports, which a person with diabetes can. A person with diabetes needs to change his eating habits. I do not think that any chronic condition is better or worse than the other is because every chronic condition has its own challenges.
4. For the purposes of the access audit, you were to imagine you had mobility issues and were asked to identify the challenges you might experience in your home. Now think about this scenario more widely. How would the mobility issues impact you in a functional sense (self-care activities, work, university, leisure pursuits) as well as your participation in wider society? How would you feel about this? Having mobility problems would mean that I need assistance in almost all areas of my life. This would include activities that many people consider as private, including dressing and bathing.
It would limit my freedom since I would not be able to do whatever I needed to do at the appropriate time. I would not be able to go to the places I needed to, and this would limit the number of festivities and functions I attend. This would ultimately decrease any leisure activities I used to engage in before the problem started. This means that I would have to follow a defined schedule, and I cannot do anything spontaneous.
I would have to work according to another person’s schedule, especially if I am not in a position to hire someone to take care of me (Scherer, 2005). Having mobility issues would slow me down, especially in work and school. I would not be able to rush to different classes, and would effectively have to leave early so that I arrive on time.
It would limit the work that I choose to do since I cannot do some forms of work without the freedom to move freely. I would feel depressed about this because I would not be in a position to do anything about it. I would consider the extra burden I am placing on those around me. They would have to change the way they do things because of my condition, in addition to making other provisions to accommodate me. This would make me feel guilty and stressed, and I would find a way to ensure that I am not a burden to them. 5. Select two (2) issues that were raised in the lecture surrounding the emotional and social impact of living with a disability and explain why they are of particular interest to you. Several issues were raised including the issue of a person with disability being able to participate in the wider society.
This was of a particular interest to me because of several reasons. The person with the disability feels that he is not in a position to contribute anything meaningful or to do anything that will affect the society significantly. A person with a disability can change a society and contribute to its well-being if he has the resources needed to do so. The society has the responsibility of providing resources to ensure that people with disabilities do not feel left out and that they are in a position to make a positive difference. Another issue that was of interest was the adaptation process.
People tend to think that the process is sequential. They think that the person with the disability will move from one stage to the other as he or she is learning how to adapt. However, this is not usually the case as people often to relapse. A person may feel good and have a positive outlook for the future at one time, while, at another time, the person may experience mood swings and have depressive symptoms. A person does not know how his life will be because of the disability he has (Morrison et al.
, 2012). He convinces himself that things will work out okay for him, and at that time, the person has hope for the future. This interested me because many people do not seem to realize the emotional turmoil that a person goes through once she learns that she is disabled. Because of this, people tend to classify some disabled people as moody.
Understanding the emotional impact will help others to have a better understanding of people with disability. 6. Have subsequent lectures and activities changed your perceptions about health care provision compared with those you had prior to starting this course? If so, in what ways have they changed, and if not can you explain why you think they have not changed.
Yes, my perceptions about health care provision have changed, especially in relation to the allied practitioners. Through the lectures, I have gained a greater insight concerning the role and importance of practitioners, and I have come to have a greater appreciation and understanding of the work that they do. The practitioners work in difficult circumstances and under challenging and harsh environments. Providing healthcare to indigenous cultures living in rural and remote areas is not easy.
They sacrifice a lot to ensure that they provide health care. The management of different government agencies and other institutions need to increase the support given to the allied practitioners to enable them conduct their work well. The management system should mobilize resources to ensure that the practitioners are not understaffed and that they have enough resources to do their work. The lectures have enabled me to know more concerning disparities in healthcare, especially in different regions of the country. The health of the people in the remote and rural areas contrasts significantly with the health of people in the metropolitan areas.
The socioeconomic differences in the different areas and the geographic distribution of the people account for this difference. The lower socioeconomic status of the people in the rural and remote areas contributes to their poor health and low life expectancy. The people in these areas face many challenges in their quest to find health care. I have realized that it is necessary for people to take a bold step towards initiating efforts that will make it easier for people in the remote and rural regions to access health care.
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