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SMACC SYDNEY… the Ultimate SMACC DownUnder

It is one of those happy-sad, bittersweet moments. The last SMACC is being planned for the 25th – 29th March, 2019.  The ticket ballot opens tomorrow – 20th August. This is promised to be the best SMACC ever, which is a big statement – kinda like saying: “longer then War and Peace” or “Funnier than […]

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Old Doc New Drug: Tapentadol

The second instalment of the series of newfangled pharmacological favourites for your edification. This post is all about tapentadol… and its friends.  If you are like me you probably started noticing a trickle, then a flood of patients being discharged from big city hospitals on this new drug.  Now I am a simple rural doctor.  […]

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Old Doc, New Drugs: Levetiracetam

This is a new series of written posts I am doing for the blog.  Basic concept:  I last studied pharmacology 20 years ago. In that time a heap of new drugs have appeared in the pharmacy… and I have been using a lot of them in my practice with little or no understanding of their […]

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First10EM Journal Club: July 2018

Good day listeners and readers alike.  Another episode of the Journal Club with Justin Morgenstern is out now.  The papers are all free and linked below.  You can also go over tot he First10EM blog and read the in-depth analysis from my favourite EBM nerd… This month we cover bougies, brain-bleeds and the best Paeds […]

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The Best Central Line Ever… Tribute

The best central line ever….. tribute Placing a central line is one of those procedures that can be done in many ways. The last 10 years or so has seen an evolution of the kit, ultrasounds and techniques… so my current set up and routine bears little resemblance to that when I trained. This article […]