Monthly Archives: July 2017

An open letter to the ACT Minister for Health

Dear Minister Fitzharris Over the recent past I have been sending you letters and you have not answered them. I sent those letters as an ACT Taxpayer, a small businessowner and as a General Practioner. One would have assumed that … Continue reading

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Disruption by the after-hours industry and why you should care

Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
After-hours medical home visiting services are important for patients and their doctors but we need an ethical and sustainable model that integrates with day-time services. Doctors and professional medical bodies including the RACGP and…

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An exercise in wasting precious health resources

In case anyone wondered where those millions being spent on the ACT Government Nurse-led Walk-in Clinics are going. Source: ACT Health They are being used to treat colds. Yes you read right – 1/3 of all patient seen are there … Continue reading

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A victory for common sense (and patient care)

Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
Yesterday Sonic Healthcare pulled out of their deal with Sigma’s AMCAL pharmacy chain to sell blood tests to pharmacy customers. I believe it was a wise decision to withdraw from this so-called ‘screening program’. Just…

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Time for real-time prescription monitoring

Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
It’s a sobering fact: more people die from drug overdose than road traffic crashes. Perhaps even more concerning is that most of these overdose deaths in Australia are not caused by illicit drugs, but by…

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So how safe is my data ?

Yet another scare campaign – or legitimate concerns?One has to wonder if these Health Department spokespeople have actually looked at their own product? If your IT System is configured correctly all you need is their name, dob and Medicare number and … Continue reading

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The GP Clinic owned and funded by the ACT Health Department

Sounds bizarre doesn’t it ? But let’s think about it. Currently we have two Nurse-Led walk in clinics that ACT Government funds with plans for another 11 million Dollars clinic in the near future and another two down the track. … Continue reading

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