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    Managing patients who are obese

    A sensitive subject: managing patients who are obese

    By: Harry McCay, Head of Disciplinary Proceedings and Dr Kelly Nickels, Medical Advisor, Avant

    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?

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    SMS Do's and Don'ts

    Dos and don’ts of patient SMS communication

    By: Kate Gillman, Head of the Medico-legal Advisory Service and Dr Rosa Canalese, Senior Medical Advisor, Avant

    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.

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    Requests for medical records

    By: Avant Risk IQ

    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.

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    Surgical black box poll results

    ‘Surgical black box’ member poll: doctors show strong support for a ‘just culture’

    By: Avant news

    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.

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    Inquest highlights implications for doctors around prescribing drugs of dependence

    By: Dr Walid Jammal, a GP and Avant’s Senior Medical Advisor - Advocacy

    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.

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    Doctor guilty of professional misconduct

    Doctor guilty of professional misconduct for treating family members

    By: Ruanne Brell, Medico Legal Advisor at Avant

    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.

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    To bill or not to bill

    To bill or not to bill?

    By: Kate Gillman, Head of the Medico-legal Advisory Service and Andrew Vandervord, Practice Manager – Legal, Avant

    Is it legal for doctors to use their provider numbers for private patients in public hospitals?

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    Use of My Health Record to affect ePIP payments and privacy requirements

    By: Georgie Haysom, Avant, Head of Advocacy

    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.

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    managing patients with multiple issues at a standard consulation

    Managing patients who present with multiple issues in a standard consultation

    By: Dr Penny Browne, Avant Senior Medical Officer – Advocacy

    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.

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    Finding your feet when starting clinical training

    By: Avant Media

    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.

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