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Caring Beyond COVID: Untold Stories of Doctors with Dr. Renee Stamation

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15th January 2024

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Today's conversation is one that's close to my heart, and I believe it will touch yours too.

I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with my best friend and medical advisor to Critical Info, Dr. Renee Stamation. As an emergency doctor, she faced incredibly challenging life-and-death moments during the tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Renee's stories are not just about the struggles; they highlight the human spirit, the kindness, and the unforgettable bonds formed in the hardest of times. Her insights are both heartbreaking and inspiring, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of those who have been our pillars during this pandemic.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the true impact of the pandemic on those who fought on the frontlines.

Don't forget to hit subscribe and leave a review if you find these stories as moving as I do. Your support helps us keep these important conversations alive.

Remember; You may not be ready to die, but at least you can be prepared.

Take care,


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Dr Renee Stamation

FACEM CCPU MBBS Masters Clinical Education (University of Melbourne Candidate) Emergency Medicine Physician, Clinical Educator, Point of Care Ultrasound Practitioner

During the working week you will find Renee balancing her time overseeing a busy emergency department in regional Victoria at Echuca Regional Health, and in Metropolitan Victoria at Epworth Richmond.  Renee’s passion for passing on her craft to our next generation of Junior Doctors won her the 2023 Victorian Clinical Educator of the Year award, where they described her as “being the major driving force in medical education, having created a well-supported clinical environment where junior doctors can learn, thrive and grow”. 

Renee understands the unique link that Education has to patient safety and optimal outcomes, staff recruitment and retention, and improving the health status of rural Australians. 

At home here on the Mornington Peninsula, Renee lives with her husband Leigh, daughter Jorgia, and their rescue Boxer Roxy and Frenchie Peppa. She loves to run, attend Pilates and enjoy all that the Peninsula Beaches have to offer.  






In this episode:

  • Dr. Stamation shares her firsthand experiences from the frontline, weaving a tale of resilience, compassion, and the emotional toll of being a healthcare worker during a global crisis.
  • She opens up about profound moments of connection in the midst of the pandemic, like being the last person to comfort patients in their final moments.
  • We discuss the invisible burdens our healthcare heroes carry and the misconceptions often held by those outside the medical profession.


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Renee Stamation: I can remember early
on in COVID, we weren't allowed to

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touch the patients and their loved ones
weren't allowed to be in the department

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with them when they passed away.

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And being the last person that Aunty Flo
got to speak to or the last human touch

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that she had before she passed o ... Read More


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