Mr Brody, a new patient, arrives for a general check-up and you note that he is overweight, possibly obese. While you exchange a few pleasantries about the football and carry out some routine health checks, you wonder how to broach the subject of his weight and where your responsibility lies?
Vanessa, a sixteen year-old patient, has attended your practice and returned a positive test result for HSV-2. After discussing the result with her over the phone, you prescribe an antiviral medication and leave the prescription at the front desk for Vanessa to collect.
Parties involved in legal proceedings are entitled to gather evidence to support their case. Solicitors’ letters and subpoenas are usually used by solicitors seeking information to be used in legal proceedings or for other medico-legal purposes.
The results from our recent poll have revealed that almost two thirds of doctors would embrace the ‘surgical black box’ or would do, if evidence showed benefits.
The inquest into the death of Daniel James Hall has prompted a coroner to make a raft of public health recommendations. Daniel, who had a known drug dependency, ingested a lethal dose of oxycodone prescribed to him after day surgery.
A recent disciplinary case has reinforced the risks associated with mixing your duty as a doctor with your family obligations. A doctor specialising in mental health disorders has been found guilty of professional misconduct for treating family members.
Is it legal for doctors to use their provider numbers for private patients in public hospitals?
The government is changing requirements for My Health Record and for the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP). These changes may affect any ePIP funding you receive and necessitate actions to meet stringent privacy requirements. A recent review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner found that none of the practices it reviewed met My Health Record privacy requirements.
How many times has one of your patients booked a standard consultation but presented with multiple issues? Managing your own time and the patient’s expectations can make you both more satisfied.
As medical students, making the switch to clinical training can be a little overwhelming. While there’s a lot to take in, intern and former Avant Student Advisory Council member, Dr Clinton Colaco, shares his own experience and some practical tips to make the transition as easy and rewarding as possible.