The Impatient Podcast

The Impatient Podcast

The impatient podcast is a healthy chat. One that invites patients and professionals to the same table. Where human patients with real life stories can be heard by the health system experts who hold all the power to drive change. Simplify the language. Welcome the vulnerability. Just have a chat about health and how we get there. Together.


June 11, 2023 10 mins

The OAM Announcement Episode

A Surprise (mini) Episode, with some incredible news.


Liam and Sean

xx | i: @impatientadvocacy Hosts: Liam Crank (@liam__crank) & Sean Crank (@seancrank)

And of course: Nicole Cooper (@nicolecoopy)

And the beautiful music: Dean Pratt (i: @dean.pratt)

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Recorded on the day of the party to celebrate Nicole’s life: Mumsy, Sean and Liam reminisce about Nicole's life, legacy, and determination as we raise a glass of expensive champagne in her memory. Mumsy discusses Nicole’s sudden decline and the circumstances surrounding the end of her patient battle, as well as touching on they key parts of her patient journey and answering questions posed by you, the people!

Where we would normall...

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September 18, 2022 71 mins

Health at Work. Workplace injury has long been characterised by slips, trips and falls - hazards that can be signposted and dodged. But what happens when workplace risk is more psychological than physical, and a work injury presents not as a broken bone, but slow burn of tiredness, tears and social detachment? In our season one bonus ep, the impatient podcast goes deep into co-host Sean’s workplace mental health injury and resul...

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August 22, 2022 42 mins
Yo!   The Impatient Crew have taken a few moments, deep breaths, and sips of rosé to bring you this delicious Season One wrap. We are incredibly humbled by your response to the launch of our podcast. We could not be more proud of what we created, and are continually blown away by the feedback and support. We are also devastated to have lost a core member of our Impatient team - the incomparable Dean Pratt.   So this episode is abou...
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    June 28, 2022 70 mins
    Ever noticed our health system rocking up with glazed eyes, looking stressed and short-tempered, staring right through the patient who is actually its purpose? Hmm. We have questions. The Impatient Podcast breaks with our own format yet again this week to maximise our quality time with patient turned doctor Ben Bravery - a guy with a lot of good answers! We unpack:
    • Ben's cancer ...
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    May 30, 2022 84 mins
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a rare, life threatening inherited disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system. People with CF develop thick and sticky mucus, meaning a person with CF undergoes constant treatments and physiotherapy to function. There is currently no cure for CF. Jessica Bean has been a CF patient for her entire life - and a patient advocate for her whole life - in her spirit, her commitment and her dedication to c...
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    May 5, 2022 90 mins

    Episode 6 - Caring for Carers

    On an otherwise ordinary Wednesday, teacher and comedian Jess Pratt would step into a full time role that she would have never voluntarily chosen: carer. In this powerful and practical episode, Jess shares the reality of being a 'patient by proxy'. The loneliness and loss of identity; the bewilderment and learning; the anxiety and uncertainty; the ambition and advocacy.

    We then speak to psychologist an...

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    April 5, 2022 86 mins

    This episode contains a discussion of voluntary assisted dying.

    Siobhan O'Sullivan is an advocate for the under dog, for ovarian cancer patients, and actually, for each and every one of us. Siobhan is tackling the toughest of life problems: contemplating her almost certain death as a result of terminal cancer. Siobhan has shared some of her very precious time with The Impatient Podcast to discuss the insidious nature of her disease...

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    March 22, 2022 89 mins

    What makes a healthcare system great? Are we great when we are delivering against expectations? Shuffling in step with the status quo?

    Or are we great when we do the exceptional? The novel, innovative and extremely challenging work that saves, extends and meaningfully improves a human life?

    I am alive today, five years beyond my ‘terminal diagnosis’ because of a second opinion. Because someone said ‘no’, someone else said ‘maybe’, ...

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    March 3, 2022 72 mins

    Our patient conversation this week is with Molly Clayton, who shares her very recent experience of finding - and eventually, being diagnosed with - breast cancer. Molly joins us from an emergency room to talk missed diagnoses, the power imbalance in medicine, and the simple act of just doing the test!

    We then chat to Sarah Powell, CEO of cancer charity Pink Hope, for some real talk on the complexity of advocating for patients with ...

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    February 18, 2022 76 mins

    Welcome back to the impatient podcast.

    This week we are diving straight back into the pointy issues: who exactly defines success in our health system? Hint - it doesn't appear to be the patient.

    We are so fortunate to be joined by Susannah Castelli, a health professional herself, who shares her very real experience of the health system. Her vulnerability and sincerity, as well as her expert knowledge, come together in what is such ...

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    January 31, 2022 80 mins

    Episode One: Keeping it human

    Welcome to the impatient podcast: a place for patient stories, a challenge to patient care, a change for patient outcomes.

    We are kicking our conversation off with one of the more complicated questions in health: why can't we just treat a patient like a human?

    Sean and Nicole reflect on their own patient weeks and we all learn a little more about lung function tests (and how not to communicate test res...

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