Author Archives: Thinus

48-second GP consultations


Originally posted on drjustincoleman:
A recent BMJ study highlighted the remarkable degree of international variation in how much time GPs spend with their patients. In Pakistan, a patient with a laceration would barely have time to explain how it occurred,…

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Less is more


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
I was asked to address the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)?about how to place health consumers at the centre of future healthcare reform and the delivery of health services. ‘Less is more’…

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The true cost of the ACT Taxpayer funded Nurse-Led Walk-In Clinics


I have been rallying for several years about the incredibly wasteful political exercise that the ACT Health Department has been running in the form an increasing number of fully tax-payer funded Nurse-led Walk-In Clinics. This resulted in an open letter … Continue reading

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Where did our health data go?


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Data is like garbage, you’d better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it ~ Mark Twain It took a while, but the Department of Health is now inviting…

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About addictive painkillers and dirty backdoor deals


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
It is concerning that those who have been given responsibility to look after the health of Australians take decisions influenced by?commercial interests instead of sound evidence and common sense. As I have said before…

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Health of the Nation: good and bad news according to Australia’s GPs 


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Australia’s GPs believe that mental health is the number one emerging health concern, often related to co-existing chronic health conditions – but more is needed to keep Australians well. This is one of the…

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Bizarre research article about parental confidence in GPs gets a mention in ABC’s Media Watch


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
In an?earlier post I mentioned the?bizarre article published by a paediatrician from the University of Melbourne. The article concluded incorrectly that “confidence with GPs is an issue for parents of many walks of life”.…

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Why your GP doesn’t have a Facebook sharing attitude


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
The success of Facebook is based on sharing content with friends and family. I’m a fan of social media but in healthcare sharing of information is often a no-go zone. Doctors don’t like sharing…

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New study shows high parental confidence in GPs, but researchers draw bizarre conclusions


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
A new national study published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health shows that around ninety percent of parents are mostly or completely confident in GPs to provide general care to their children.…

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The Good Life aka being a Rich, Greedy GP in Canberra


I find myself pondering on how the Media and the Public perceive Canberra’s GP workforce. As Scientists medical practitioners are taught to deal with facts and not with anecdotes so let’s review the facts: Who is the typical Canberran? According to … Continue reading

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