Dr Michael Ellis' Exceptional Story

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Dr Michael Ellis is a medical doctor with more than 20 years’ experience. He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics, holds an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts, Philosophy and Social Psychology and has naturopathic qualifications. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Michael takes a holistic approach to healthcare, with a special interest in mind/body medicine and in optimizing the physical, mental and emotional health of the patient.

Though some may consider his opinions controversial, changing the medical profession for the better is at the heart of Michael’s aim. He believes a fundamental change is needed in medicine to bring love and compassion back to the center of what we do.

“I was in General Practice for a long, long, time. I realised I was really just a purveyor of pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals and as a person, I wasn't respected and I was pushed around by the system,” he says.

“[T]he patients themselves are in and out like a conveyor belt system, they were given their drugs and pushed away. It is still happening in larger medical groups and clinics in Australia where doctors are really slaves on a treadmill, they are just meant to get through as many patients as possible.”

Michael says it’s the medical system’s lack of compassion and humanity which is harming both doctors and their patients. Because doctors feel that they are not being treated as humans, they’re less likely to treat their patients with humanity and it’s this which, Michael believes, contributes to feelings of burnout.

It’s not that doctors are not compassionate – it’s that the system does not allow us the time or space to be compassionate. There’s a culture of competition and economics more than a culture of caring.

We've got to increase this cultivation of humility. I mean there are some really significant things we have to understand and that is particularly that the concept of loving kindness and the concept that people who are loved and feel cared for, they actually improve and they heal quicker.

Michael believes the system, and those who work within it need to be edified. We need to associate health with care and compassion.

“I think we have to look at this new kind of medicine which is... you can call it quanta medicine, you can call it integrative, we have to integrate ourselves and integrate our patients in order to get the best possible results,” he says.

“I am saying that patients are partners in the process of healing and that healing really should end up in happiness, it shouldn't be just curing the disease […] it should be an opportunity for the patient, when they are in the hospital, to improve their health to such an extent they don't get ill again. And I think that requires forms of treatment other than just drugs.”

You can listen to Dr Michael Ellis’ full conversation with Dr Sam Hazledine here, or read the key topics of thought from the podcast here

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Dr Michael Ellis is a medical doctor with more than 20 years’ experience. He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics, holds an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts, Philosophy and Social Psychology and has naturopathic qualifications. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Michael takes a holistic approach to healthcare, with a special interest in mind/body medicine and in optimizing the physical, mental and emotional health of the patient.

Though some may consider his opinions controversial, changing the medical profession for the better is at the heart of Michael’s aim. He believes a fundamental change is needed in medicine to bring love and compassion back to the center of what we do.

“I was in General Practice for a long, long, time. I realised I was really just a purveyor of pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals and as a person, I wasn't respected and I was pushed around by the system,” he says.

“[T]he patients themselves are in and out like a conveyor belt system, they were given their drugs and pushed away. It is still happening in larger medical groups and clinics in Australia where doctors are really slaves on a treadmill, they are just meant to get through as many patients as possible.”

Michael says it’s the medical system’s lack of compassion and humanity which is harming both doctors and their patients. Because doctors feel that they are not being treated as humans, they’re less likely to treat their patients with humanity and it’s this which, Michael believes, contributes to feelings of burnout.

It’s not that doctors are not compassionate – it’s that the system does not allow us the time or space to be compassionate. There’s a culture of competition and economics more than a culture of caring.

We've got to increase this cultivation of humility. I mean there are some really significant things we have to understand and that is particularly that the concept of loving kindness and the concept that people who are loved and feel cared for, they actually improve and they heal quicker.

Michael believes the system, and those who work within it need to be edified. We need to associate health with care and compassion.

“I think we have to look at this new kind of medicine which is... you can call it quanta medicine, you can call it integrative, we have to integrate ourselves and integrate our patients in order to get the best possible results,” he says.

“I am saying that patients are partners in the process of healing and that healing really should end up in happiness, it shouldn't be just curing the disease […] it should be an opportunity for the patient, when they are in the hospital, to improve their health to such an extent they don't get ill again. And I think that requires forms of treatment other than just drugs.”

You can listen to Dr Michael Ellis’ full conversation with Dr Sam Hazledine here, or read the key topics of thought from the podcast here

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