Category Archives: Medical ethics

Cheap Healthcare or Great Healthcare – your choice

Yesterday an opinion piece in our local Newspaper stated in big bold letters “Why do ACT women still need to see a GP to get the pill? “ The article was the latest volley in the relentless war that the … 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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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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Is being a diligent GP worth it?

I have been a General Practitioner in Canberra for thirteen years. During this time I have developed a reputation for being a tenacious and persistent advocate for the appropriate and respectful management of my patients by other health services and … Continue reading

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Using the My Health Record AND staying out of Court

Longtime readers of my Blog would know that I have written & shared others’ writings about the Australian Government’s My Heath Record on many occasions. 2013 – I wrote about the complexity of the issues and why we had configured … Continue reading

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Tamiflu: an expensive lesson in panic stockpiling

Originally posted on drjustincoleman:
Oseltamivir (Tamiflu, Roche) has been downgraded by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the biennial review of its list of essential medicines. A WHO expert committee removed Tamiflu from its list of “core” medicines, relegating it…

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Slow Medicine

Originally posted on Mark Raines:
I recently began working in a new Mackay medical practice started by Dr Nicole Higgins called Health on Central.  And when I say new I mean new. Last time I visited the building it was…

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Is this votebuying or healthcare ?

The ACT Government seems hellbent on using primary healthcare as a vehicle to appease voters. With no regards for evidence or good economic governance Fulfilling their election promises they have now announced the building of a $13.5 million new seven … Continue reading

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The Flu season is upon us

This year’s Flu season is here and thousands of people have already had it – if you can believe the media-hype (that conveniently had no reference for the dreadful statistic but very well may be true). An then there is this: … Continue reading

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