Speaking up, getting loud, not just walking past

Are you the kind of person who speaks up when you see something concerning? I’m not sure if I am, at least not all the time. I’ve often let others speak up, or assumed others would advocate.

But the evolving COVID-19 situation here in Australia has got me posting on social media, forwarding emails, and this morning at work asking other health care workers to consider signing a letter to the Prime Minister asking for immediate, tougher measures to control the coronavirus outbreak. I’m not normally so vocal and forthright, however this crisis demands action. We don’t want to face what Italy is facing. I’m doing what I can.

Getting louder has made me consider how important it is to stand up for what we believe in, and to stand up for others. I found myself writing an email to hospital management today about a situation I considered dangerous (elderly volunteers still walking around at one of the hospitals I attend). In the past I would have been worried – and perhaps spoken to one of the volunteers, as I did this morning – but quite possibly taken it no further. I want to do more and be better going forward.

For those of you already well-versed in advocacy, feel free to leave me tips and advice!

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept

Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley


13 thoughts on “Speaking up, getting loud, not just walking past

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Fiona. Good on you for speaking up. I usually reserve my social media posts for writing business, but at the moment I’d feel negligent if I didn’t speak up. Hooray for the noisy doctors!

    • Yes, I’ve noticed you’re trying to get the message across too, thank you Theresa.
      No word back from the hospital manager. I even called the volunteer coordinator (non-medical person), who argued with me that the elderly volunteers ‘wanted to be there’. Grrrr! Hopefully my rabble-rousing will unsettle them enough to stop the volunteers coming in, even if management never admits that to me!

    • Probably pissing a few people off, to tell the truth, but it’s all for the greater good, right?!
      I’m getting better at not needing to please everyone. It’s a losing battle anyway!! Hope you’re keeping well my friend xx

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