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May 27, 2016

Most doctors derive their sense of worth and identity from meeting the intellectual, emotional, and professional challenges of their demanding but rewarding careers. Psychiatrists in particular rely upon the confidence of their patients to trust us with their intimate thoughts and emotions in pursuit of mental wellness. In the April 2016 Australasian Psychiatry podcast, Professor Carmelle Peisah explores adaptive and less adaptive means used by psychiatrists to manage anxiety about declining capacity as retirement approaches.

Professor Peisah draws upon the articles in the special April issue on successful ageing to illustrate the advantages of continual self-evaluation to allow for the early identification of problems and opportunities associated with changing capacities. The podcast and these eight articles convincingly demonstrate that the decision to retire is highly personalised and related to a considered balance between workload and resilience that changes over time.