Dr Kat McLean
Kat McLean is a GP and medical educator based on the Gold Coast. She works clinically at a local Gold Coast practice, whilst also teaching at Bond University where she is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Science and Medicine.
Kat has a particular interest in communication in healthcare, technology enabled learning, and creating a more compassionate healthcare system. Kat teaches clinical skills and simulation, regularly teaching into the innovative ‘virtual hospital’ programme at Bond University.
Kat’s main interests are in improving patient care by enhancing awareness of the pivotal role communication plays, whether this be between clinician and patient, clinician to clinician, or the interaction of healthcare professionals within complex healthcare systems. She is interested in medical errors, clinical reasoning and cognitive biases. She is also passionate about doctor wellbeing and the importance of compassion in Medicine.
Kat has enjoyed varied clinical work, across both rural and urban settings in New Zealand, and more recently in Australia. She embraces the challenges and variety of work that general practice throws at her, having worked up mountains as a ski field doctor, in small rural hospitals, remote communities, a mens prison, and most recently an urban general practice and residential aged care facility.
She is a dabbler in social media, admin on GPDU and occasional tweeter (@drkatmclean). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, ideally in the outdoors and off the grid, whether it be paddle boarding, kayaking, skiing, hiking or camping.