The benefits associated with male HPV vaccination in Australia

By Marcel Boulat & Aishwarya Hatwal | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a family of highly contagious sexually transmitted viruses which are associated with the development of genital warts and certain HPV related cancers in males and females. After conducting a cost-effective analysis, the Australian Government has decided to expand the school based female only HPV vaccination program to include males commencing in [...]  Read More →

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Emergency medicine in Australian medical student education

By Clarabella Liew, Daryl Cheng & Jasmine Koh | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay Introduction As the coalface of Australian healthcare, Emergency Medicine (EM) faces the growing healthcare challenges of the wider community. Today, these challenges form a unique ‘triple whammy’ – overseeing the implementation of the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) or “4-hr rule”, in [...]  Read More →

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Freedom of information

By Saion Chatterjee | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Early last year, a David and Goliath battleraged between the most unlikely of foes. The gripes of a single blog post inspired a group of disaffected mathematicians and scientists to join forces and boycott the world’s largest publisher of scientific journals, Elsevier. Their movement, dubbed “Academic Spring”, was in response to the company’s political backing [...]  Read More →

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Blood culture negative endocarditis – a suggested diagnostic approach

By Sadid Khan | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

This case report describes a previously healthy male patient with a subacute presentation of severe constitutional symptoms, progressing to acute pulmonary oedema, and a subsequent diagnosis of blood culture negative endocarditis with severe aortic regurgitation. Blood culture negative endocarditis represents an epidemiologically varying subset of endocarditis patients, as well as a unique diagnostic dilemma. The [...]  Read More →

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Putting awareness to bed: improving depth of anaesthesia monitoring

By Louise Kostos | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Intraoperative awareness and subsequent explicit recall can lead to prolonged psychological damage in patients. There are many methods currently in place to prevent this potentially traumatic phenomenon from occurring. Such methods include identifying haemodynamic changes in the patient, monitoring volatile anaesthetic concentration, and various electroencephalographic algorithms that correlate with a particular level... 

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Is there a role for end-of-life care pathways for patients in the home setting who are supported with community palliative care services?

By Amanda Vo | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

The concept of a “good death” has developed immensely over the past few decades and we now recognise the important role of palliative care services in healthcare for the dying, our most vulnerable population. [1-3] In palliative care, end-of-life care pathways have been developed to transfer the gold standard hospice model of care for the [...]  Read More →

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Suxamethonium versus rocuronium in rapid sequence induction: Dispelling the common myths

By Sean Davies | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Rapid sequence induction (RSI) is a technique used to facilitate endotracheal intubation in patients at high risk of aspiration and for those who require rapid securing of the airway. In Australia, RSI protocols in emergency departments usually dictate a predetermined dose of an induction agent and a neuromuscular blocker given in rapid succession. Suxamethonium, also [...]  Read More →

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Control of seasonal influenza in healthcare settings: Mandatory annual influenza vaccination of healthcare workers

By Kathryn Franks | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Introduction: The aim of this review is to emphasise the burden and transmission of nosocomial seasonal influenza, discuss the influenza vaccine and the need for annual influenza vaccination of all healthcare workers, discuss common attitudes and misconceptions regarding the influenza vaccine among healthcare workers and means to overcome these issues, and highlight the need for [...]  Read More →

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Immunisation and informed decision-making amongst Islamic primary school parents and staff

By Matthew Bray & Daniel Keating | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Background: The Islamic community represents a recognisable and growing minority group in the broader Australian context. Some sectors of the international Muslim community have voiced concerns about the ritual cleanliness of vaccines, and seen subsequent lower levels of compliance. Anecdotal evidence suggests Australian Muslims may hold similar concerns. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the [...]  Read More →

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Ranking the league tables

By Saion Chatterjee | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

University league tables are becoming something of an obsession. Their appeal is testament to the ‘at a glance’ approach used to convey a university’s standing, either nationally or internationally. League tables attract public attention and shape the behaviour of universities and policy makers. Their demand is a product of the increasing globalisation of higher education, [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
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