- Written by David Guest
As the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics, while three months is an eternity. Since the last edition of GPSpeak the Coalition's second proposal for changes to GP Medicare funding has come and gone. We also have a new Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, whom we wish well in this challenging portfolio.
The proposal to increase the minimum length for a standard consultation from 5 to 10 minutes took the profession by surprise. While the average "Level B" GP consultation is 14 minutes, 25 per cent are less than 10 minutes. The government’s aim was to eliminate so-called "6-minute medicine" but the proposal contained several potentially adverse effects for general practice.
- Written by Staff
When not offering her services as a pastor with the Uniting Church, or as a chaplain at both Lismore Base and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Dorothy can be found helping out at the Lismore Soup Kitchen or assisting families by delivering and picking up school children.
She served as the ground-breaking first Indigenous female chaplain at Grafton Gaol for over a decade and is on call to assist the most needy members of our community at any time of the day or night.
- Written by Robin Osborne
Rapidly establishing a reputation as a focus of creativity – think David Walsh’s MONA gallery, Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize win, and global awards for its single-malt whiskies – Tasmania is hosting a major conference on health system innovation.
The focus of the ‘Sustainable Healthcare Transformation’ conference in Hobart from 18-20 March is the improvement of hospital performance in Tasmania, nationally and globally.
Amongst the high-flying presenters are Sir Robert Naylor, Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals, knighted for services to UK health care, Professor Chris Baggoley AO, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Anthony Moorhouse, CEO of emergency management firm operating Dynamiq, and well-known spokesperson on youth matters, Holly Ransom.
An ‘on-the-couch’ panel session with key speakers will be hosted by former ABC North Coast station manager, and popular breakfast host, Martin Corben.
- Written by John Niven
John and Helen Niven recount the incredible story of taking dental care to the remote villagers of Nepal.
Our dental volunteer trips to Nepal were initiated by my meeting Ang Tshering Sherpa in May 2011 whilst on a trip through Tibet with World Expeditions. He was the chairman of the committee that ran the Kushudebu Public Health Mission Nepal at Junbesi, a remote village on the original route to Mount Everest.
While the clinic was able to cover many medical problems the nearest dental service was five hours walk away. After many conversations and emails with Ang I decided to come to KPHMN and attempt to set up a basic dental facility.
In April 2012 Helen and I arrived in Kathmandu with many kilograms of portable dental equipment and supplies. We were met by Ang’s brother Ang Nigma who was our guide for our visit to Nepal. A visit to a local dental supply house to collect further supplies, followed by an interview with the Nepal Medical Board to obtain my dental registration, saw us ready to set out to Junbesi.
I had managed to put together a simple transportable dental surgery, consisting of a portable dental unit, a suction unit I found in Kathmandu, and a suitable quantity of instruments and supplies provided by generous dentists and dental supply houses in Australia.
- Written by Andrew Binns
Medicine graduates from the University of Wollongong’s Byron/Ballina hub celebrated at their Graduation Ball on 29 November 2014. Their local clinical placements were coordinated by the University Centre for Rural Health North Coast (UCRH).
The clinics where they undertook their supervised placements are shown in brackets.
Left to right:
- Dr Andrew Binns (GP)
- Alexandra Henry (North Coast Medical Centre)
- Michelle Durst (Prema House Family Medical)
- Ingrid Elvy (Holdsworth House Medical Practice)
- Dr Jane Barker (Regional Academic Leader, University of Wollongong/UCRH)
- David Glendinning (Goonellabah Medical Centre)
- Corinne Watson (Holdsworth House Medical Practice)
- Gabrielle Legendre (Lennox Head Medical Practice)
- Flora Zigterman (Placement Facilitator, University of Wollongong/UCRH)
- Ben Armstrong (Bullinah AMS)
- Haddi Hughes (Bangalow Medical Centre).
The students spent 12 months in the Northern Rivers, with two days a week at a local General Practice and the rest of their time at local hospitals and the teaching program at UCRH.
Three of the graduate doctors have returned to the region for their internship - Alexandra Henry and David Glendinning at Lismore Base Hospital, and Corinne Watson at The Tweed Hospital.