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Let’s not fool ourselves about the PIP QI


Originally posted on Doctor's Bag:
It looks like patient care and quality improvement have taken a backseat in the new Practice Incentive Program (PIP QI). To be eligible to receive payments under the revamped quality improvement program, practice owners need to…

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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?


A very poignant post by Dr Sam

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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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