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Own the Patient (Clinical Case 126)

It is January – so in Australia that means it is the time of year when all of the junior doctors in the country rotate into new jobs, hospitals and towns.  Here in Broome we have taken on a brand new cohort of super-smart residents [and welcomed back some old faces]. Inspired by some discussions […]

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UKCTOCS: Ovaries, P-values & Questions

Ovarian cancer is a horrible disease.  It is often asymptomatic until late in its course and then causes a lot of suffering.  This is a disease with an extraordinarily high morbidity and currently has a 5-year survival of only 40%.  So wouldn’t it be excellent if we could find this disease early in it’s course, […]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: What’s your spiel?

Welcome back!  It is ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK here in Australia. The slogan I have been pushing with my trainees is: “Take time to have the chat, Don’t just write the script.” Of course, that “chat” can turn nasty!  We have trained generations of families to expect, crave and depend upon the magical pills to cure […]

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PODCAST: Dr Airell Hodgkinson

Gday and welcome back to the podcast after a short hiatus as I checked out the fish in Fiji…  Ahhh. Today’s podcast is a conversation I had with my former colleague and mentor Dr Airell Hodgkinson.  Airell is a rural GP Anesthetist based in Albany – the southern end of WA. He is a real […]

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PODCAST: Shared decision making

Shared decision making. This is one of the hot concepts in healthcare right now.  It is not new – but it is being embraced in many fields as a part of the trend towards more evidence-based practice and the changing culture of medicine where “doctor knows best” is no longer an acceptable platitude. If you […]