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Indigenous Cultures, Teams and Healthcare

conversations leadership Nov 09, 2023

Marilyn Lawrie's journey, spanning from social work to systemic team coaching, reflects her commitment to creating positive changes within healthcare systems. Having worked in both Canadian and Arizona healthcare, she combines her passion for systemic coaching with a keen interest in indigenous cultures.

Exploring Systemic Team Coaching: Systemic team coaching, as Marilyn explains, revolves around understanding the intricate dynamics within healthcare groups and teams. Her focus extends beyond the clinical environment, encompassing communities, patient groups, families, and other healthcare providers.

Indigenous Cultures and Healthcare: One of Marilyn's passions lies in exploring indigenous cultures, particularly in Canada and Arizona. Rather than imposing solutions, she emphasises the importance of understanding what has been lost in the corporatised healthcare industry. Indigenous cultures, with their holistic approaches, offer valuable insights into stewarding healthcare.

Challenges in Canadian Healthcare: Discussing challenges in the Canadian healthcare system, Marilyn sheds light on the difficulties indigenous populations face in accessing quality healthcare. She advocates for a restorative approach, encouraging collaboration between indigenous communities and governments to bridge the healthcare gap.

Holistic Approach to Healthcare: Marilyn advocates for a holistic approach to healthcare that empowers individuals to steward their health. She critiques the current system, where voices are often unheard, and cultural nuances are overlooked. The need for a more inclusive and culturally sensitive healthcare model is paramount.

The Consequences of Non-Conformity: The conversation touches upon the consequences individuals face in healthcare when expressing different preferences or questioning established norms. Marilyn discusses how conformity and a lack of acceptance for diversity can lead to feelings of disposability among patients.

Alternative Approaches to Wellness: The discussion expands into alternative approaches to wellness, emphasising the shift towards recognising the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Marilyn shares examples of integrative environments where patient culture and beliefs are embraced, leading to more personalised and effective care.

The Lost Connection to Holistic Living: Marilyn and Kate explore the lost connection to holistic living, addressing challenges in the food industry, societal norms, and the struggle to discern healthy choices. The conversation underscores the importance of reconnecting with nature and understanding the broader impact of individual choices on personal and planetary well-being.

Building Resilient Healthcare Teams: Marilyn emphasises the need to create space within healthcare teams for meaningful connections. In a field where the pace is often relentless, she advocates for teams to take the time to know each other deeply, fostering resilience against the challenges of the healthcare environment.

Remote Teams and Human Connection: As the conversation concludes, Marilyn reflects on the limitations of virtual communication, especially in remote teams. She highlights the irreplaceable value of real human connection and suggests building opportunities for remote teams to gather physically.

Connect with Marilyn Laurie: Listeners intrigued by Marilyn Laurie's work can explore more on her website at

Marilyn's call to action is clear: prioritise human connections and holistic approaches to revolutionise healthcare teams.

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