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Hope: from Home Birth to Hospice

Home birthing and hospice care.  Birth and death, aside from taxes, the only certainties in life!  These may not seem to be related topics, but they are.  Stay with me and I shall explain. Let us start with home birth.  There has been a bit of banter in Broome and online about the modern controversy […]

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Any Place for Race on the Coalface?

Last month (Feb 25th 2016) the New England Journal of Medicine published this editorial “Perspective” titled: “Dealing with Racist Patients.” In the article the authors – Drs Kimani,  Alexander K. Smith, Bernard Lo  and Alicia Fernández present this case vignette: A 77-year-old white man with heart failure arrives in the emergency department of an urban hospital […]

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

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 History of Empathy from SMACC GOLD

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

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 […]