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The House Call


Originally posted on Genevieve's anthology:
This is a true story but some details have been removed or altered to de-identify the people involved and protect their privacy. The call came as I was sitting down to dinner.  My tuna…

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How to control the settings for secondary use of your My Health Record data


Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
Now that over ninety per cent of Australians has a My Health Record, we need to start using it. That also means becoming familiar with the dashboard and settings. Most people are not aware…

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Is old age a battle or a massacre?


Originally posted on Medicine at the Deep End:
“Old age isn’t a battle, old age is a massacre!” Philip Roth Philip Roth’s words are confronting. To continue the metaphor, avoiding the battle is of interest to many and has led…

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The winds of change


My wife and I ran our own small GP Clinic in Canberra from 2006-20018. It was a small clinic that we built up with love and very long hours and with a full contingent of 4 or 5 fulltime doctors … 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?


Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
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


Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
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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