Schwartz Rounds

Exploring the social and emotional aspects of working in healthcare

The Schwartz Rounds are a forum for clinical and non-clinical staff to come together to discuss the social and emotional aspects of working in healthcare.

The purpose of the Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to providing care, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care.

Rounds can help staff feel more supported in their jobs, allowing them the time and space to reflect on their roles. Evidence shows that staff who attend Rounds feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles. They also help to reduce hierarchies between staff and to focus attention on relational aspects of care.

The underlying premise for Rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient’s experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care staff must, in turn, feel supported in their work.

We facilitate regular Schwartz Rounds at all major sites across Monash Health.

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