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Tall Poppy Syndrome in Healthcare

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'Tall poppy' is an Australian cultural term that refers to people who stand out for their high abilities, enviable qualities, and/or visible success. n a society that prides itself on egalitarian principles, rising above the pack is considered antisocial and countercultural.

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'Tall poppy' is an Australian cultural term that refers to people who stand out for their high abilities, enviable qualities, and/or visible success. But standing out, in this case, isn’t viewed positively. In a society that prides itself on egalitarian principles, rising above the pack is considered antisocial and countercultural. Tall poppies generate hostility and elicit a host of undermining behaviours to bring them down a peg. This compelling desire to cut high achievers down to size is called the ‘tall poppy syndrome'.

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Sandra Dash
Sandra Dash began her nursing career in 1993 in New South Wales working in trauma, orthopaedics and ICU. Sandra then spent the next 9 years working in the Northern Territory, NSW and Victoria with the Australian Defence Force. During this time she found her beginning in Nursing Education, teaching at both University and TAFE levels earning a Master’s of Health Science (Nursing Education). In 2010, Sandra moved to Queensland and began the most rewarding career in palliative care, through which she has not only cared for people at a distressing time in their life, but has also been able to continue her passion for education.
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