- Written by David Guest
Dr Geoffrey Boyce has retired and closed his neurology practice in Lismore. However he continues to offer a nerve conducton service from his rooms at 23 Dalley Street LIsmore, opposite St Vincent's Hospital. The service currently operates on alternate Fridays.
Appointments can be made on 02 6621 8245 and clinical information can be faxed to 02 6621 8237.
- Written by Staff
Dr Ananthanababu Pattavilakom Sadasivan ("Dr Babu") is an experienced Australasian Fellowship qualified neurosurgeon. After his initial medical training in India he spent ten years working in neurosurgical centres around Australia including Monash in Melbourne and Nepean Hospital in Sydney, as well as teaching at Sydney University. More recently he has completed a spine surgery fellowship at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Dr Babu also holds a pain management fellowship, FFPMANZCA, from the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Babu is a general neurosurgeon treating conditions of the brain and spine. He has a particular interest in the neurosurgical management of epilepsy and neuro-oncology. Dr Babu works as a specialist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. He is a senior lecturer in neurosurgery at the University of Queensland.
Dr Babu has commenced consulting at Goonellabah Medical Centre twice monthly on Saturdays. Appointments can be made with the Centre on 02 6625 0000.
- Written by David Guest
The pathway is designed to give GPs a quick guide to the management of hepatitis C patients on the North Coast. A brief overview and flowchart are sufficient to determine if patients would qualify and benefit from referral. To save time the pathway has a list of recommended pre-assessment blood tests.
- Written by Robin Osborne
A detailed study of 3,906 GPs – nearly one-in-five of the national GP workforce – has revealed that small-sized towns face the highest risk of GP turnover, with key influencing factors being GPs working in a location for less than three years, being contracted or salaried employees, or international medical graduates.
While remote and very remote GPs had the highest mobility rate, this group was not at significantly greater risk of leaving non-metropolitan practice completely. Rural GPs practising in towns of less than 5,000 residents, and in towns of up to 15,000 residents, were most likely to move to metropolitan areas.
Overall, annual location retention rates were 95 per cent in regional centres, 90 per cent in small rural towns, and 82 per cent in very remote areas.
As any health professional would know, it is often difficult to attract GPs to regional and rural towns.
This is why the Federal Government recently overhauled its GP Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP), which means towns like Casino, Coraki, Evans Head, Kyogle, Iluka and Yamba will now receive increased subsidies to attract and retain doctors.
The new GPRIP system delivers a fairer system for smaller towns; redirecting money to attract more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors.
It made no sense that under the previous government’s system, some $50 million a year was being used to pay incentives for doctors to live in 14 large regional cities, including Townsville (population 175,000), and Cairns (population 145,000).
It makes much more sense to use the GPRIP funding to attract doctors to where the greatest shortages are - small rural and remote communities, not big regional cities.
This means bigger incentive payments will go to doctors who choose to work in the areas of greatest need.
The highest incentive paid to work in remote Australia will jump from $47,000 a year to $60,000 a year. The maximum incentive to work in a town of less than 5,000 in regional Australia will increase from $18,000 to $23,000.