The "unseen" and "unsaid" in health care practices. Correction. The "unsayable."
Comics can engage health professions, students, and the general public in dialogues about what is considered "acceptable" and "normal" practice in health settings. They offer a way to disengage from everyday practice using a format that incites the readers to see the irony, the absurdity, or the "humanness" of the moment. At the same time, comics based on actual occurrences have the potential incite conflict in professional relationships. This presentation will discuss the need to effectively negotiate these tensions and balance the potential to improve professional practice while navigating boundaries regarding what is "unsayable" and thereby remains "unseen."
Niki Kiepek is a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario in the Health Professional Education program. She is also an occupational therapist and addiction counsellor working in Sioux Lookout Ontario.