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Healthier doctors = healthier patients

We spoke with Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM – a GP, former RACGP Chair, author and mental health advocate for the profession - about the health pressures doctors face, the barriers that can stop colleagues from getting help and some practical steps for better self-...

Ensure you’re equipped to write that script!

Do you know what authorities you need to issue prescriptions? The Council receives many complaints about poor and/or unauthorised prescribing of Schedule 8 (S8) drugs. Recently, Council learned of seven doctors from the same practice in a regional city who had...

President's Message: November 2019

As medical practitioners, we prevent, diagnose and treat disease. We serve our patients with care and diligence – but while we often focus on patient well-being, our own can fall by the wayside. The article Healthier Doctors = Healthier Patients highlights the...

Groundbreaking staff culture program supports patient outcomes

Respect promotes better outcomes Recent academic research demonstrates there is a correlation between disrespectful behaviour by practitioners within medical teams and poorer patient outcomes. We talk to Dr Sarah Michael, a psychiatrist at St Vincent’s Hospital in...

Cryotherapy: Are you getting it right?

Cryotherapy is often used in general practice, skin cancer medicine and dermatology to treat a number of common skin lesions. It is an established and inexpensive treatment and one of the most commonly used MBS items in general practice in Australia. A commonly used...

Clinical images – don’t let diagnostic snaps be your downfall

Asking for advice on a diagnostic photo is as simple as snap, click, send. But what is the purpose of taking the photo? Did you seek the patient’s permission? How can you maintain confidentiality once you hit send? Doctors are now able to connect and collaborate with...

Stay between 2 and 8 to (safely) vaccinate

While there has been a high demand for flu and measles vaccines of late, these vaccines and others are only effective if they are stored correctly. Flu season reminds us that vaccination storage is an important issue in general practice. Vaccines are delicate...

Friend request or patient at best?

Privacy, confidentiality and trust are at the core of every doctor/patient relationship. With social media providing potential for others to connect and engage with us, how can doctors ensure they maintain professional boundaries with patients when online? At the same...

Recording of consults is complex - GPs should proceed with caution

The question of whether or not you can or should record conversations during consults arises fairly frequently. As a doctor, you may wish to record a consultation or conversation yourself, or you may have questions about patients recording consultations. Whether or not...

Meet our Council members: Maria Cosmidis and Dr Geoffrey Brieger

Maria Cosmidis and Dr Geoff Brieger sat down with us to talk about their experience and role as Medical Council members. From their perspective as decision-makers, they share insights about steps doctors can take to avoid a complaint and what to do if they are the...

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