Shahina’s writing has been published by various organisations, including FeminEM and Gold Coast Health. Find them below.

On why I write

Shahina Braganza: Converting Chaos Into Order


Lessons from a Mindful Emergency Room

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Shahina shares what her Emergency Department has learned from embedding mindfulness practices into a busy, complex and chaotic healthcare workplace.

Read the full story on Greater Good Science Center.

The ‘Other’ Imposter Syndrome (and overcoming it for a greater good)


In the late 1970s, the term ‘Imposter syndrome’ was coined by Drs Clance and Imes (both females incidentally…). It referred to high-achieving people who were unable to “own” their accomplishments and who lived in persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. The concept has been described frequently within the medical profession over the past few years. An eloquent example was written by @NatalieMay ( in 2014.

View a letter from the Health Minister in relation to this story

Read the full story on FeminEM:

The “Other” Imposter Syndrome

When Humanity is all we have to offer

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I welcomed a bunch of newly graduated fresh-faced interns to our hospital. I described the job of being a doctor as a privilege and a responsibility. I called it the best job in the world.

But, sometimes even the best job in the world can suck a little.

Read the full story on Gold Coast Health and take a look at some feedback on Facebook.

Could “compassion” be a dirty word?

First published 9 December 2016

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Why I don’t think working in healthcare is “just a job”.

In the context of a tribalistic exchange about which discipline in medicine is the hardest working (and hardest done by), a colleague and mentor referred to a recent thought-provoking article by Louis Profeta.

Read the full story on FeminEM:

Is Compassion a Dirty Word?

Can we sometimes choose to be a happy FeminEM?

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I would like to start with some disclaimers.

Firstly, I have no claim to fame as a FeminEM – I have been privileged (so far and touch wood) to not suffer a major hardship which I’ve had to overcome, nor have I conducted any studies or presentations on this subject matter. As such I am no authority on it. Indeed I am the quintessential “ordinary” emergency physician.

Read the full story on FeminEM (3 separate articles):

My FemInEM Story: Part 1: A Fortunate Start

My FemInEM Story: Part 2: Launching My Career

My FemInEM Story: Part 3: Leading by Example