Inviting the 'Other' in

When the index patient is not present, there are skills needed to deal with the complexities of encounters with the Other

"It’s like looking after four children" — Dayna, a mother of three, complains about her husband.


"I left Jason at his high school because I’m really worried about his behaviour, and wanted to talk with you, without him." — Dolores, a single mum, aged 29.

"We came to see you about Dad. We’re worried that he may have dementia; he’s gone downhill since Mum died." — Beth and Robyn, two middle-aged sisters, who have left their father Richard in the waiting room.

"You’re going to see Raj this afternoon, doctor. I need to