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December 28th 2012:Spinning Gold from Straw: How trauma transformed a Doctor’s Life and Practice.

Dr Bruce Whelan is a specialist GP who has been in Practice for 45 years. His passion for his vocation remains high with specialties in pain management, addiction and a broad range of physical and psychological issues including cancer medicine. Dr Whelan quotes Carl Jung when I ask him about his way of helping patients; he answers “Only the wounded physician can help to heal.” Defining the difference between healing and curing is important in understanding the complexities of recovery from illness. Dr Whelan frames this within his own life story when in October 2002 he became personally involv

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Dr Bruce Whelan

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Medicine 1967, Dr Bruce Whelan has been in general practice since 1971. He has worked in challenging rural Australia practise environments including indigenous health. With 45 years experience, his ethic is treating the whole person using the best of modern psychology and general psychiatry in combination with the best of modern medicine. His special areas of interest are general psychiatry, drug addiction medicine, pain management and issues related to cancer medicine. Personal involvement with the Bali bombings in 2002 made an impact of his life and practice leading to his interest in psychiatry. He has been involved with teaching
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