So I hope that you have all had a good Christmas, Hannukah, New Year, and New Year.
Part of the reason that I have been quiet is that I now find myself on both sides of the fence. All of a sudden, I have been planted inside a palace of power, a domain of dominance... an institution of influence. But enough of the alliterations. I have frequently complained about the powers that be - now even though I may be a speck or a fly on the wall I can see some of the machinations that lead to my complaints, and I am not impressed.
Partly I am not impressed by how bureaucratic and slow large organisations work. Partly I am not impressed with my own lack of enthusiasm at changing any of this. Nominally I may attend a committee that can change things. But I realise now how competing interests dilute progress. And I also see how committees have to justify their own existence.
So I am conflicted - I have better things to do with my time, but I still want to be on the inside, looking for an opportunity to improve things, even a little. Perhaps I am merely a pawn being played by others, but it means that I must be even more careful about what I write and blog about, lest I inadvertently divulge state secrets, or even worse my identity.
And so I leave you with two little tidbits for today:
1. This blog has been nominated for the Inaugural Australian Medical Blog Awards set up by DrCris at AppleQuack and Scalpel's Edge. If you think I deserve it, vote for me. Otherwise feel free to nominate another Australian Medical Blogger, like The Girl.
2. A fascinating piece from The SMH on the