Category Archives: Medical workforce issues

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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Hunting for Dr Right


Our clinic is recruiting again. We are saying goodbye to two of our Registrars next month and will be rather short on available GP consultations. We honestly believe that we are punching far above our weight at our small little Practice and … Continue reading

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A future without doctors – ACT Health’s vision for the Territory 


A recent piece in the Canberra Times highlighted the path that the ACT  Government is setting out for medical practice in the Territory. We all accept that the provision of healthcare is expensive. What I, as a provider of Primary Healtcare, cannot … Continue reading

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Deskilling – can we avoid it ?


My wife and I were trained in South Africa. Out of sheer necessity we were able to give anaesthetics, do Caeserian Sections and take out appendixes when we finished our Intern years. Over there there is no one else to … Continue reading

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So what is Bulk billing ?


Much have been written in the last few weeks about Medicare Rebates and being bulkbilled. There are two separate issues that needs clarification here. The first issue is the value of the rebate – the following graph clearly demonstrates the … Continue reading

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The Medicare freeze


Much has been said about this issue: This video will be playing in my waitingroom. Sadly patients will end up paying more – and if they are unwilling to do this we may end up closing our doors as surviving … Continue reading

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So you have a sore knee Mrs Smith?


The changing face of GP work – can we cope with it or time to bail ? Continue reading

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ACTEWAgl obviously has no concerns about small businesses or sick people


Received a notice in the mail today – ACTEWAgl is shutting all our electricity off for a full day in one week’s time. A total of four working days’ notice ! We already have over sixty patients booked for that … Continue reading

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A decade of Australian GP activity


A recent report from the BEACH study had some fascinating insight in how GP work has changed over the last decade (2003/4 – 2013/4) in Australia. it represents data from more than a million GP visits and nearly ten thousand … Continue reading

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Too many Doctors in the ACT


My attention was drawn to the article in today’s paper and I had to stop for a moment and wonder if this is the same ACT that I live in that our Honorable Minister is referring to. I believe a … Continue reading

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