First Do No Harm provides medical practitioners with information and resources on strategies for self care as an essential element of their professional life. It aims to encourage medical practitioners to recognize and discuss the challenges facing them, promote self care as an integral and accepted part of the professional life of medical practitioners, and assists medical practitioners to develop useful strategies for self care. Rowe and Kidd explore the too often ignored issue of physician self-care and highlight the dangers of ignoring this problem. It is a timely examination of the troubles doctors the world over face regarding their work-life balance and receiving mental health care. With their extensive medical and professional experience, the authors have created a legacy to be shared with doctors worldwide, at all stages of their careers. In responding to the new challenges of 21st-century medicine and the medical workforce shortage, they advocate for a new meaning of the doctors' ancient creed. They propose eight essential principles towards being a resilient doctor: make home a sanctuary; value strong relationships; have an annual preventive health assessment; control stress, not people; recognize conflict as a opportunity; manage bullying and violence assertively; make our medical organizations work for us; and create a legacy.
Leanne Rowe is a general practitioner and runs a medical practice for medical practitioners in Melbourne, Australia. A past Chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, she is currently Deputy Chancellor of Monash University and serves on the boards of Beyond Blue and Medibank Private. She worked for many years as a rural doctor and has been awarded the Rose Hunt Medal from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Best Individual Contribution to Health Care in Australia award from the Australian Medical Association, for her services to medicine. Michael Kidd is a general practitioner and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He was Professor of General Practice at The University of Sydney from 1995-2009 and President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002-2006. He is chair of the Australian Government's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections, a member of the board of the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca), an adviser to the World Health Organization on primary care and mental health and chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia.