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PODCAST: Shared decision making

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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 […]

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Being A Doctor’s Doctor – Penny Wilson and Geoff Riley

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Have you ever treated a fellow doctor?  How did it feel?  Did you feel confident or intimidated? Consulting and treating our colleagues can be really tricky.  The dynamics seem a little alien, there is a huge risk of assumption leading to errors and of course there is always the nagging doubt that you may need […]

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The Birthday Bet

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I am working on a post about risk and decision-making and I need your help. I am trying to get a feel for the risk numeracy of the average doctor – I realise that none of my readers is “average” but please take the time to read the following scenario and give me an honest […]

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A Chat with Dr Jim McDonald

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Gday team. This is a conversation I had with my mate and mentor Dr Jim McDonald.  Jim is a 45 year veteran of GP.  Based in Melbourne – he has worked all over the country as a rural locum.  He has delivered over 4000 babies in the suburbs of Melbourne and trained countless GP registrars […]

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The History of Empathy from SMACC GOLD

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Gday About six months ago I was at the SMACC GOLD conference in Queensland having a blast and rubbing shoulders with the great teachers of the FOAM family.  I was lucky enough to be asked to give a talk and really given free reign over the topic.  Which sounds like a good thing, but means […]