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Australian Medicine articles

It has made a huge differenceI am writing to you today to inform you that I have officially completed my studies at the University of Newcastle in the Bachelor of Medicine program as of the 7th December 2018, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Australian Medical Association…

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation has been released and identifies high-level variation in health care use by region.But AMA President Dr Tony Bartone said the Atlas does not satisfactorily explain the causes or offer solutions, so it should only be considered as a statistical guide.Dr…

BY DR RICHARD KIDD, CHAIR, AMA COUNCIL OF GENERAL PRACTICEAs 2018 rushes to a close I want to reflect on some of the AMA’s activities this year in supporting GPs in their role as the primary provider of medical care. The primacy of the role that the usual GP and their general practice plays in…

As in Australia, since the mid-1960s, deaths in middle age from heart attack have decreased in England by well over 50 per cent. This is attributable, almost equally as best we can tell, to improvements due to primary prevention, most notably dramatic downturns in smoking, and to improved treatment.

BY DR SANDRA HIROWATARI, CHAIR, AMA COUNCIL OF RURAL DOCTORSIt’s just water. H2O. It is a molecule that creates life, births memories, emotions, causes disease and death.For many rural doctors, the season of ‘The Wet’ has begun.There is a sense of de ja vu - the smells, the sounds,…

BY DR BERNADETTE WILKS, DEPUTY CO-CHAIR AMA COUNCIL OF DOCTORS-IN-TRAININGMuch has been written about negative experiences of doctors in training (DiT). This reflects a harsh and true reality. But there are still many doctors whose treatment of DiTs is inspiring and ought to be celebrated as evidence…

BY ALEX FARRELL, PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONEvery day, great doctors around Australia go above and beyond to teach students, and role model what medicine is all about. This year the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) celebrated those teachers in medical…

BY A SSOCIATE PROFESSOR ANDREW C MILLER, CHAIR, AMA MEDICAL PRACTICE COMMITTEEAMA members increasingly report that shortages of PBS medicines are impacting on the care of their patients.We are all familiar with the scenario; patients turn up at their local pharmacy to be told that their current prescription…

After protesting recently about MHR (My Health Record) and all of the possibilities of my privacy being breached, I thought that I would let my colleagues know that I have just celebrated a sentinel birthday which for the purposes of this column I’ll call my 40th.

BY CHRIS JOHNSONIt’s time to pull out those old Christmas albums – on CD, vinyl or cassette – or rush into any department store and find a few Christmas CDs in the sale bins.Or maybe download a few festive tunes ready to blast through the living room on Christmas Eve and ad nauseam…