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Drugs and dependence: on the front line with Dr James Finn – Part Two

PART TWO We continue our conversation with Dr James Finn, addiction medicine specialist. Read Part One. 1. Does the field of addiction medicine need more doctors working in Australia? I think so. Until we can get on top of the problem, more are needed. It’s been a medical specialty for about seven years and while [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:58+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Pre-vocational Doctors|

Drugs and dependence: on the front line with Dr James Finn

Dr James Finn is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine and a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Dr Finn is a Senior Medical Officer with the Melaleuca Clinic at the Prince Charles Hospital in Queensland’s Metro North Hospital & Health Service, and [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:58+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Pre-vocational Doctors|

Six reasons you can’t pass up rural medicine

When our medical educators were young doctors starting out, they almost all gained training in rural medicine. The experience has stayed with them throughout their careers. All our medical educators agree there is much to be gained by practicing in rural medicine. Here are six reasons to contemplate a career or extended stay in rural [...]

2017-08-14T13:16:13+00:00 March 14th, 2016|GP Registrars, Pre-vocational Doctors, Rural Health|

Change the world, one patient at a time

There are parts of Queensland that need a good medical check up. The Australian Government has set up primary care networks to target populations at risk of poor health outcomes. The Darling Downs is one such area, which includes towns in our training region. We want to encourage and nurture early career doctors to take [...]

2016-06-29T14:56:41+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Pre-vocational Doctors, Rural Health|

Seven reasons doctors choose careers in general practice

Is general practice the right choice for you? We asked our medical educators the reasons they chose and pursued careers in general practice. Their insights provide a compelling argument for considering a career as a GP. Here are their seven most common reasons for loving their jobs. 1) They have continuity of care Almost all [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:58+00:00 March 9th, 2016|How to become a GP, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Five ways to improve your doctor-patient relationship

Based on the 'Non-Linear Consultation' by Dr Justin Coleman. For more visit: http://drjustincoleman.com/2014/01/14/the-non-linear-consultation/ According to Dr Justin Coleman, Brisbane-based GP and medical writer, seeing patients with complex needs and multiple morbidities relies on GPs working through a maze of information and questions in a non-linear fashion. Dependent on the decisions made, GPs can end up [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:58+00:00 March 8th, 2016|GP Registrars, Pre-vocational Doctors|

You might be a general practitioner if…

You like every specialty It can be hard picking a medical specialty. You might love working with kiddies. Paediatrics, you think. But, wait. You get a buzz from working in the intensive care unit. Emergency medicine, you decide. But, no. You really did enjoy that rotation in anesthetics too. Argh. What should you be? While [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 March 7th, 2016|How to become a GP, Pre-vocational Doctors|

The doctor life: 8 social skills to guarantee success at work and at home

From the moment we are born, we learn to interact with others. We are, by nature, social beings who require connection and intimacy with other humans. Well-developed social skills, including the lost art of conversation, will always stand you in good stead in any situation or environment, but particularly with your patients' satisfaction. In fact, [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 February 10th, 2016|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Medical interview hacks: Four tips to help you stand out in interviews

Job interviews, especially important ones, can fill us with stress and anxiety. However, we can prepare ourselves to mitigate the intensity of these feelings. The more you can practise and prepare, the easier and less stressful they will become. Soon you will be undertaking interviews to join a general practice. To ease you through the [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

5 (non-medical) medical books every doctor should read

Finishing a good book is highly satisfying. Books have incredible power; they can make us empathise with a character, explore different perspectives on life, experience different emotions, and ultimately become wiser. Books can be a source of knowledge, inspiration and relaxation. A well written novel can transport you to another world. As junior doctors, you [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

The eight skills every junior doctor needs

Years of studying and you've finally made it - you're a doctor - and you couldn't be more happy. Until your first day of the job that is, when you realise the 'medical honeymoon' is over. With time and experience, it will get easier. Until then, here are eight skills every junior doctor needs: 1. [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Hot tips for efficient learning for busy doctors

How can doctors fit learning and study into their busy lives without going into information overload? How can learning be made fun and integrative? What assists learning and retention of information? Dr Lisa Fraser, former GPTQ Registrar Liaison Officer answers these questions and more as she provides some ‘hot tips for efficient learning for busy [...]

2017-08-03T12:06:03+00:00 November 5th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

6 ways to not let job stress get the better of you

What is burnout? Burnout is a state of feeling chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment and feelings of ineffectiveness and may be the result of unrelenting stress. Being ‘burned out’ means feeling empty, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring. In many cases, burnout stems from your job. Anyone who feels overworked [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:05+00:00 October 27th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Behind bars: Dr Cameron Loy explains what it’s like to be a prison GP

Dr Cameron Loy, FRACGP MBBS BMedSc (Hon) DCH DRANZCOG FARGP GradDipRural, works part-time as a GP in the Metropolitan Remand Centre. When he’s not behind bars, or writing articles for australiandoctor.com.au, Cameron likes to watch and photograph the stars – the ones in the sky that is – and can tell you the difference between [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:05+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

5 inspirational medical quotes for doctors

Everyone, even doctors, need inspiration sometimes. Doctors hold a respected position within the community. In your role, everything you do matters. If you are feeling the need to be inspired, read on to find some words of wisdom. Perhaps these famous medical quotes will remind you why you choose to study medicine in the first [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Tokunoshima After Party, by Dr Ewen McPhee

A chance encounter between colleagues thousands of kilometres from home, one seeking answers to challenges in his country, another looking outwards to share experiences. By Dr Ewan McPhee. It was April in Dubrovnik, Croatia and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) rural doctors' conference was in full swing. This is where I first met [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 September 18th, 2015|GP Registrars, Pre-vocational Doctors, Rural Health|

Five minutes with Dr. Lisa Fraser

Dr. Lisa Fraser, GP Registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer What do you do? I answer emails and phone calls from registrars about pay, teaching concerns, leave, contracts and conditions. I promote the specialty of general practice through speaking at educational events for medical students and junior hospital doctors, in association with GPTQ, GP [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 September 18th, 2015|GP Interviews, GP Registrars, Pre-vocational Doctors|

A career as a media doctor: Q&A with Dr. Joe Kosterich

Dr Joe Kosterich is a Perth-based GP with more than 20 years’ experience in the media, writing for newspapers and online, and providing expert comment on health and medical issues via print, radio and television, both in Australia and internationally.  While continuing to practice, Dr Joe can also be seen regularly on the Channel Nine [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 September 18th, 2015|GP Interviews, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

Peter Sivey, La Trobe University If you are admitted to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you are admitted during the week. This is known as the “weekend effect”. Evidence from the United Kingdom suggests an 11-16% increased risk of death for patients admitted on weekends, mostly [...]

2017-07-07T15:50:52+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Is depression a mental or physical illness? Unravelling the inflammation hypothesis

Ute Vollmer-Conna, UNSW Australia and Gordon Parker, UNSW Australia Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune response. It’s the brain’s way of conserving energy so the body can heal. This immune response can also occur in people with [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 July 15th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Eight Stress Management Techniques for Doctors

Research has shown that doctors are more prone to stress than the general population. While being an adrenaline junky might give you the drive you need to succeed, it can take its toll on you and your patients. Hospitals in particular are stressful environments where your own wellbeing never seems to be a priority. But [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 June 19th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|