Is the new eRx electronic prescription service beneficial to consumers?

About ten years ago I did a locum in an innovative GP practice in The Netherlands. When prescribing medications, the computer system allowed me to either print the script and hand it to my patient, or send it electronically to the pharmacy. Consumers who [...]
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Is your organisation ready for social media?

This article appeared in MDA’s Defence Update in April 2014. Original title: ‘Social media in modern medicine’. Is social media a help or a hindrance in modern medicine? Dr Edwin Kruys, a GP from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, provides a [...]
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Cutting red tape in healthcare: how you can help

Years ago I did a locum in a rural town. As the town’s only doctor went on holiday for a week, I was supposed to look after the hospital and the adjacent GP practice.  On the first day, just as I was applying a plaster cast to a farmer’s broken [...]
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Learning to sleep again (without pills)

Sleep problems are common and unhealthy too. Lack of sleep impacts on alertness, cognition, productivity, safety, learning and our mood. It is associated with hypertension and depression. Up to one-third of the Australian population has sleep-associated [...]
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Why blocking social media is not the answer

  I am a strong proponent of open access to social media. I feel the decision to block staff access to e.g. LinkedIn or YouTube is often ill-advised, and it’s not beneficial to organisations in the long run. Many times I’ve heard the [...]
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What really matters – Inspiring life lessons

Dying is an intense sad process, but there is another side to it as well: people often take the opportunity to reflect. As a doctor I have the privilege to talk to people who are nearing the end of their lives. A while back I asked one of my wonderful [...]
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Wrap-up: 3 things I have learned from AHPRA

And so the AHPRA Action came to an end this week. The Medical Board announced on Wednesday it would work with the other Boards to change the advertising guidelines. The media statement: “(…) practitioners are not responsible for removing (or [...]
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New AHPRA Action campaign kicked off on Change.org

EDIT 28/03/14: SUCCESS! THE MEDICAL BOARD ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY THAT IT WILL CHANGE SECTION 6.2.3 OF THE ADVERTISING GUIDELINES. THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART IN THE AHPRAaction CAMPAIGN! The AHPRA Action campaign has stepped up a notch. Medical Observer is [...]
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Why it is important for AHPRA to get this right

Working in health care is often a balancing act. Everyday I am walking a fine line between, for example, not requesting too many CT scans for people presenting with a headache, and at the same time not missing that rare brain tumour. If I fail in the first [...]
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Enough is enough (AHPRA video)

We need your help! The AHPRA advertising guidelines for health practitioners must be changed. Sign the petition here. Thanks! EDIT 28/03/14: SUCCESS! THE MEDICAL BOARD ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY THAT IT WILL CHANGE SECTION 6.2.3 OF THE ADVERTISING GUIDELINES. [...]
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I just received this interesting response from AHPRA

It looks like the last word has not been spoken about the AHPRA advertising guidelines. I gave AHPRA the example I used in this blog post about what to do when a patient posts a comment on my Facebook page stating that I gave excellent treatment. Here is [...]
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AHPRA’s guidelines: Can someone tell me what just happened?

For those who haven’t followed the lively debate about the revised advertising guidelines for Australian health professionals, this post from last week explains it all. In summary, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency now says in its [...]
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6 great podcasts for primary care

  Here are six free podcasts made with tender loving care by a variety of people and organisations. I enjoy listening to these online broadcasts because they are relevant to my daily work in general practice. I download the episodes on my iPhone at [...]
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What’s wrong with Patient Testimonials?

Here’s a multiple choice question for you: Which post on the wall of the doctor’s Facebook page must be deleted? (Note: ‘Doctor’ can be replaced with ‘health professional’) a. They made me wait for an hour and when I finally saw [...]
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GP co-payments? Don’t save on primary care

As the saying goes: a fool and his money are soon parted. We’ve all paid for super clinics, the PCEHR, Medicare Locals, phone lines – you name it. Unfortunately, all these ideas have yet to bear fruit. Some say we should have spent our precious [...]
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