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Are you getting the most out of your Avant membership? Most doctors will remain Avant members for many years. As an Australian mutual we share the financial benefits with our members and help manage insurance costs.
Is your practice ready for the RACGP’s new practice standards? In October 2017 the RACGP released the Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards). In order to align with the 5th edition GP practices will need to update their policies procedures ...
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Inquest insights: safety and monitoring around psychiatric side effects of medication A recent inquest examined the death of a young man from suicide. The inquest looked at the possible role of varenicline (Champix) in the suicide and the adequacy of the care taken by the general pract...
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Court finds in favour of surgeon’s estate The patient was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour (craniopharyngioma) and referred to a neurosurgeon. The following year our member attempted to remove the tumour performing the surgery transphenoi...
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Setting patient boundaries when you’re the patient I knew I had a UTI. I could leave work sick and hopefully obtain an appointment with a general practitioner (GP) but I would have to travel to the practice wait and describe my urinary symptoms to a c...
Eating your marshmallows - Part two: Surviving burnout and cultivating a new work-life balance Oh boy did I enjoy those marshmallows! One week of sick leave to focus purely on my mental health involved regular 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep lazy days reading books a massage and daily walks in ...
Student’s Good Samaritan act leads to coronial inquest appearance In September 2014 Paul Gilhooly was a 29 year-old medical student completing a placement in a regional hospital. He was travelling on an over-night train to work when he found himself called upon to a...
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Here's what to do when you spot an error on a death certificate Doctors can sometimes find themselves in a difficult predicament when they discover an error on a medical death certificate.
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The new framework for doctors’ revalidation The Medical Board of Australia has released its professional performance framework in response to the Executive Advisory Group s (EAG) report on revalidation.
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Surgeon’s misguided acts leads to suspension An experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist has been prosecuted for professional misconduct and had their registration suspended after forging consent forms for over 30 patients.
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