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Postnatal Depression – a silent killer

By Dr Martine Walker Pregnancy and the first year after giving birth are the riskiest time in a woman’s life for anxiety and depression. One in 10 women experience depression and anxiety while they are pregnant and 1 in 7 women during the first postnatal year. A recent...

Interview with Bruce Battye Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit

The Director the NSW Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit, Bruce Battye discusses what his unit does and key prescribing issues doctors need to be aware of. What is the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit and what does it do? What type of prescribing creates the most trouble for...

Queen's birthday honours for NSW doctors

This year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list has recognized the work of many NSW doctors and medical researchers, including the late Professor David Cooper, who received a Companion of the Order of Australia. Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) The late Professor...

Good Practice - ‘The Seven Ages of a Doctor’

A doctor’s career will go through many transitions: from earnest medical student to sleep deprived hospital doctor, from a busy life in general practice to an active retirement - all the while trying to manage family life, earn a living, and hopefully find some time...

Schedule 8 - Prescribing Knowledge Gap

Did you know that when you prescribe drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 drugs) to someone you may need an authority by the NSW Ministry of Health? Many doctors don’t. An authority from the Ministry of Health is required to prescribe or supply a drug of addiction to: a drug...

President's message - Prescribing

When it comes to prescribing, doctors often find themselves treading a complex path through what can be a clinical, ethical and legal minefield. Prescribing irresponsibly can cause harm. Prescribing responsibly, including choosing not to prescribe, can be a source of...

Changes at the Council

A number of new Medical Council members have been appointed. From 1 July 2018, the new Council members are: President Associate Professor Richard Walsh. Associate Professor Walsh has been a member of the Council since 2012. He is a Visiting Medical Officer (...

New medical certificate guidelines

When it comes to medical certificates there are several points to remember: It is important when writing a certificate to have medical records which substantiate the certificate A doctor must always ensure that the patient’s right to confidentiality is respected and...

Just say no

Do you sometimes dread the family barbecue? When Uncle Bill asks about his bad hip or your sister-in-law asks if you could ‘just write a quick script’ for her son’s asthma? According to Good Medical Practice – A Code of Conduct : “whenever possible avoid providing...

Doctors over prescribing opioids

When it comes to prescription drug addiction, doctor shoppers are not the whole story ... Australians are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from an overdose of an opioid prescribed by a doctor, or stolen from a hospital, than from a hit of illegally imported...

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