Martin Laverty – CEO Catholic Health Australia & Gerald A. Arbuckle, PhD.

The trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries in Sydney, Australia, were proud to host the launch of Humanizing Healthcare Reforms by Gerald A. Arbuckle, PhD on 13th December 2012.

Here are a few words that were said at the launch on behalf of Jessica Kingsley, MD of Jessica Kingsley Publishers:

“The sample pages [Gerry] sent were immediately fascinating – full of rich examples, and an approach that enlarged one’s thinking. Rather than management jargon, condemnation, or cheery good advice, here was a multi-levelled analysis of how the structure of health care operates to affect the people within in it. It quickly became clear that the perspective of an anthropologist – objective, rational, deeply perceptive about relationship, but above all compassionate – was work from a very different perspective.

This book is being published at a time when further dreadful stories are emerging from the UK health service – the book, with its very positive message and call to action, is very much needed, and needed now… Thank you, Gerry, very much, for choosing to publish your important book with us.”

The book was also featured in The Australian newspaper today in a piece entitled ‘A major hole in health reform’, which you can read about here. Gerald Arbuckle also recently contributed to the JKP blog discussing the threats that are currently facing our healthcare systems.

Here are some more photos from the event:

Gerald A. Arbuckle, PhD.



From left: Martin Laverty – CEO Catholic Health Australia (who launched the book), Sr Helen Clarke (Mary Aikenhead Ministries Trustee), Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullen (MAM Trustee), Gerald A. Arbuckle, PhD., Leanne King (Performed Acknowledgement to Country), Robert Cusack CEO St Vincent’s Private and Mater Hospitals, Dr Tessa Ho (MAM Trustee) and David Robinson (Chair-MAM Trustees)

Humanizing Healthcare Reforms is available to purchase directly from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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