When choosing an audit of medical practice topic, Dr Anel Reyneke knew it had to be something valuable. She identified her own self-care as a weak point and resolved to make improvements.
The Tauranga GP says she feels there is a growing expectation for GPs to give more and more, and that these expectations contribute to patterns of self-neglect.
“It was time to stand back and reflect on the way I was working and identify any areas I could improve to prevent burn-out.”
Anel decided to conduct an 11-day audit of her daily activities, which included an analysis of her work habits, break times, patient consults, and administrative tasks.
Generously, Anel has shared this audit so that her colleagues might benefit from her reflections – and perhaps be inspired to conduct their own reflective audits. See the full discussion below.
Originally from South Africa, Anel says she loves living in New Zealand and that the environment here contributes to her own self-care.
“I love the Kiwi lifestyle and I really can’t imagine being anywhere else now. I enjoy being outside and going for walks, so New Zealand is perfect for me.”
In 2003, she moved to New Zealand and completed the College’s General Practice Education Programme (GPEP).
“Being a GP is very fulfilling and the rewards come with time. When you’ve walked with someone through health and sickness, you become a part of their family story.”
An audit of medical practice is a critical analysis of your own practice, used to improve clinical care or health outcomes. You can apply to have an audit approved for CPD credit. Our CPD team has developed resources that explain different types of medical practice audits. Visit your Dashboard to find out more about conducting your own audit, and to see examples or tools.