Dr David Jollow, 43, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, NSW
Sometimes I'm busy, sometimes I'm busier. I work in two public hospitals, being
head of department for one of them, and I also consult in private rooms and work
in a private hospital. The 2am starts aren't so bad, but it's the not knowing
when the phone is going to ring that can be difficult.
When you are
running around all the time and if you work strange hours, it's the family that
misses out as much as anybody. I just try to spend as much time as possible with
my three boys and my wife, who works part time as a practice nurse.
several years we have been involved in Warriewood Surf Lifesaving Club, which is
near my home. It's very social, we do patrol, my wife is on the executive and
I'm the club doctor.
I think one of the keys to surviving is to have a
good relationship with your colleagues. I am very reliant on people to cover if
something comes up and I need to have that trust.
Also, I try to control
the amount of work I do, and not to take on too much. I structure my day so I
can have a few hours off at lunchtime to go for a swim or have lunch with my
If I've been up all night and I don't have that time for a rest, I
don't think it would be doing the right thing by my patients.