- Written by Staff
A newly published study* on the linkage between tobacco consumption and mortality has shown that up to two-thirds of deaths in Australian smokers can be attributed to the habit.
Further, current smokers are likely to die a decade earlier than non-smokers.
“Cessation reduces mortality compared with continuing to smoke, with cessation earlier in life resulting in greater reductions,” the research team* concluded.
The report drew on data contained in the milestone 45 and Up Study involving 204,953 NSW residents aged ≥45 years who joined thd study from 2006–2009.
- 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.