Adding kindness at handover to improve our collegiality: the K-ISBAR tool

David J Brewster and Bruce P Waxman
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00755
Published online: 10 December 2018

Much has been written recently about the mental health of the Australian medical workforce, with doctors being burned out, bullied, harassed and mentally unwell.1,2 Why are doctors so unkind to each other? What has happened to collegiality? While we are from different medical backgrounds, we are united in the belief that it is time for change; time for a united response from the Australian medical profession focusing on collegiality, using kindness and understanding as the catalyst and clinical handover as the opportunity.

  • 1 Cabrini Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Cabrini Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Dr Malcolm Clark for his contribution to an earlier draft of this article.

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