Dr Robin Youngson is an anaesthetist from New Zealand and internationally renowned for his work on compassion in healthcare. He is the co-founder of Hearts in Healthcare, a global movement for human-centered healthcare, and has helped lead change in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and Norway.
His work challenges the assumptions and beliefs of a medical system focused on biomedicine and objective science. When we are sick, injured and vulnerable, or find ourselves in life crisis, compassionate caring makes the world of difference: it helps us on our path of healing. Robin importantly shares the latest research, showing that compassionate caring alters gene expression, changes structure and function, and powerfully improves clinical outcomes. The effect of this is equal to many of the medicines we prescribe.
Robin is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Auckland University, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare, and is a member of the Global Compassion Council of the international Charter for Compassion. He is the author of the acclaimed book Time to Care – How to love your patients and your job.
Tandem is thrilled to have Dr Youngson as the keynote speaker at the conference and run a workshop for participants. He will also speak at the Tandem Awards for Exceptional Service to Families and Carers Dinner.