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Stretched


Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:
“I want to change doctors.” Reviewing her chart before entering the room I could see that she had been asking for this for months. The medical assistant had warned me that she was…

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Lemons and Lemonade


Originally posted on partridgegp:
We live in an age of wonders. Generations past would be amazed by the ease of travel, free information, and the standard of living enjoyed by the majority of the Western world. One of these wonders…

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Disruption by the after-hours industry and why you should care


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
After-hours medical home visiting services are important for patients and their doctors but we need an ethical and sustainable model that integrates with day-time services. Doctors and professional medical bodies including the RACGP and…

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A victory for common sense (and patient care)


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Yesterday Sonic Healthcare pulled out of their deal with Sigma’s AMCAL pharmacy chain to sell blood tests to pharmacy customers. I believe it was a wise decision to withdraw from this so-called ‘screening program’. Just…

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Time for real-time prescription monitoring


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
It’s a sobering fact: more people die from drug overdose than road traffic crashes. Perhaps even more concerning is that most of these overdose deaths in Australia are not caused by illicit drugs, but by…

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Blood tests at the chemist is like getting your car serviced at the lawn mower shop


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Chemist shops are the right place to get your medicines and receive medication advice, but they are the wrong place to get a blood test. The AMCAL chemist chain is offering customers pathology tests…

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All that “GP stuff” in the Emergency Department


Originally posted on Nomadic GP:
“We are just FULL of GP stuff today. We’re pretty much just running a GP clinic” you say, with a big sigh and roll of the eyes. You’re an emergency nurse or maybe a doctor. You’re…

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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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The Tipping Point


Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:
“Do you have an appointment?” she asked. “Nah. I’m just going to sit here until the weather passes,” the man said gruffly. He sat down in the corner out of her line of…

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Pain clinics: how did such a fresh idea turn sour?


Originally posted on drjustincoleman:
EnDONE by Ben Frost A report from the NT coroner this week about an opioid-related death raises a question I started asking after my very first referral to a pain clinic: what is the point of…

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