Author Archives: Thinus

When ideology and election cycles determine health policy – and patientcare deteriorates.


Meet Jimmy. A nice young man living in Canberra with a good, above average, income. And he has a wealthy father who cares deeply about him. Jimmy has the common cold and feels a bit off. He really cannot go … Continue reading

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Doctors from overseas


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
“G’day doc, I’m right off me tucker and crook azadog. Yesterday arvo me neighbour said it’s just the collywobbles but crikey, he’s mad as a cut snake so I thought I’d better find out…

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My Health Record: what’s next?


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The end of the My Health Record opt-out period is in sight. Unless the government decides otherwise, next month the vast majority of Australians will have a digital national shared health record. What’s next?…

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Pharmacists and doctors: Let’s change the script


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This week saw another low point in the communication and relationships between health groups in Australia. It began after the release of a report from the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into pharmacy, which recommends that pharmacists…

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Superpowers and The new Advance Care Directives Act 2013 (SA)


Originally posted on partridgegp:
? Just revisiting an old post after listening to a great podcast – ‘The Good GP‘. It got me thinking. We know that General Practice is a good thing and reduces hospitalization rates (and hence healthcare…

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Vitamins: mostly harmless, mostly profitable


Originally posted on drjustincoleman:
Vitamin D is mostly harmless. Sure, it can cause toxicity (mainly hypercalcaemia), but usually at megadose levels of around 60 capsules per day. Vitamin C is also mostly harmless. My parents, advised by the medical zeitgeist…

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Has Australian general practice moved one step closer to the British NHS?


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
In 2019, the Department of Health, via its practice incentive scheme, will not only start setting the key performance indicators of general practice but also further tighten its grip on practice data. It is…

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Dealing with a query about access to the My Health Record System


A week ago I wrote a blogpost about the rights and responsibilities of GPs who decide to use the MHR system. In the blog I alluded to the challenge of getting straight answers from the various leading figures and/or entities. … Continue reading

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So Doctor, do you know what your duties and responsibilities are when using the My Health Record System?


Much have been said in the media about the impact on privacy and security of personal health records for anyone who had signed up or, in the near future, are being automatically signed up for a My Health Record. My … Continue reading

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Is Consent a moral dilemma or a mere medicolegal formality ?


Doctors, and specifically GPs, have for many decades considered the concept of Informed Consent an integral and mandatory part of the interactions with their patients. ACT Health defines Informed consent as follows: In addition there were some very specific rules … Continue reading

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