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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 […]

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Risk and Uncertainty – part 1

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Gday. It has been a quite month on the blog as I have started paternity leave and have been redressing the work-life balance scales – very much in the family direction. Not doing any clinical work has given me time to pause and ponder a few of the more abstract ideas that we often brush […]

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Quantum Quandaries, Diagnostic Decoherence and Probabilisticians

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So I imagine you have just read the title of this post and thought – “Casey has finally lost it!” – or something to that effect…. Diagnostic Decoherence – it sounds like the title of an obscure SMACC lecture. So what am I rambling on about – what is this concept? Where does it come […]