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Is the door being shut on house calls?

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Is the door being shut on house calls?

Will the corporatisation of medicine put our most vulnerable, sick and elderly at risk of being marginalised?

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Goodbye RACGP, your PLAN has got me going

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Goodbye RACGP, your PLAN has got me going

I do not practise in a rural area and I do not have a fellowship from them, but I’ve decided to join the ACRRM and do its CPD program instead.

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Why I am seeing red over the College’s empire building

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Why I am seeing red over the College’s empire building

The RACGP’s changes to the next triennium’s QI&CPD program and the way these changes have simply been announced have got me seeing red.

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Can boys be doctors too, Mum?

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Can boys be doctors too, Mum?

There are system factors that are holding back our female colleagues.

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True blood: cutting through confusion about pathology cuts

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True blood: cutting through confusion about pathology cuts

Will privatisation necessarily foster better public health and lower costs? We don’t know. It’s time for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the sector.

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Was it Mediscare or grassroots GPs?

Paul Smith

Was it Mediscare or grassroots GPs?

Malcolm should look at the campaign being run by GPs in their surgeries as to why he had to fight so hard for his government’s future.

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Goodbye RACGP, your PLAN has got me going

Dr Linda Calabresi

Goodbye RACGP, your PLAN has got me going

I do not practise in a rural area and I do not have a fellowship from them, but I’ve decided to join the ACRRM and do its CPD program instead.

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Pharmacies can’t screen for diabetes AND sell snake oil

Michael Woodhead

Pharmacies can’t screen for diabetes AND sell snake oil

Pharmacists want an extended role in primary care ... but they can’t do this while also spruiking useless supplements and magic water.

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Hopes of a GP-led healthcare revolution are fading

Jo Hartley

Hopes of a GP-led healthcare revolution are fading

Increasingly, the specialty will need the public to act with its feet ... and refuse to settle for a watered-down version of good primary care.

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Be clear, precise and don’t forget about hope

Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder

Be clear, precise and don’t forget about hope

Collisions between the ethics of private enterprise and medical practice are common, and this is especially so with IVF.

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Is the door being shut on house calls?

Dr Stephen Chow

Is the door being shut on house calls?

Will the corporatisation of medicine put our most vulnerable, sick and elderly at risk of being marginalised?

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What does the Nativity tell us about maternity?

Michael Woodhead

What does the Nativity tell us about maternity?

Australian women have rated their maternity 'journey' as very good. As with the Christmas birth, the message is: spread kindness and understanding.

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Christmas: 'Shut up dad, leave the dog alone'

Dr Jon Fogarty

Christmas: 'Shut up dad, leave the dog alone'

My late great Maxine was a Christmas dog. Part Lab, part Boxer, part sook, part genius was loved all her life. Even when I teased her. She would stay close, awaiting a treat or a walk.

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  • Trump Syndrome

    I recall wiping tears from my eyes when I listened to the Barack Obama’s ‘Yes...

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  • A tale of two patients

    I give her a referral to a good orthopod and tell her to ring me...

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  • 'What did the doctor say?'

    I have a theory, entirely untroubled by scientific testing, that the quality of doctor-patient communication...

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Good manners are good medicine

Dr Kate Kelso

Good manners are good medicine

Communication and courtesy. They're at the heart of good medical practice -- core competencies and essential to our day-to-day patient interactions.

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College's broadside misses the point

David Brill

College's broadside misses the point

Doctors across Australia have been sent an official email from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians questioning my journalistic integrity. I think it’s only fair that I respond.

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A balancing Act as insurers make their move on general practice

Antonio Bradley

A balancing Act as insurers make their move on general practice

Make no bones about it - private health insurance is creeping further into general practice.The debate this month surrounding Medibank Private's trial to offer its members free and prioritised GP consults at IPN clinics is merely the latest incursion.

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