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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...

What are your colleagues doing to manage their health and well-being?

Need some self-care inspiration? Find out what some of your colleagues are doing to manage their health and well-being in 2020. Dr Sam Hay, GP “ Despite my best efforts, I'm not getting any younger! I'm determined for 2020 to do a bit more self-care that GPs (and...

President's message: December 2019

This time of year can bring health issues to the fore. It is important that fear about mandatory notification does not prevent you or a colleague you know from seeking treatment. Read more on changes ahead to mandatory notifications and how they affect you. As we start...

Iron infusions – 5 things you can do to avoid a complaint

An increasingly popular method of treating general practice patients with iron deficiency involves intravenous iron infusions with Ferinject ®. Many general practices now provide this treatment service, which is popular with patients because of its convenience,...

Is poor peer communication putting your patient at risk?

Good two-way communication is an essential element in successful doctor-patient relationships. But a communication breakdown between treating GPs can result in poor patient care and missed diagnosis. Patients often see a variety of general practitioners for their...

Why do I need a doctor when I am one?

Medical literature frequently highlights the proven benefits of having your own doctor. But do doctors heed this advice? We speak with Dr Liz Campbell about why having a GP is worthwhile and what makes doctors unique patients. A younger GP based near Royal North Shore...

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...

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