Oral Health – An important target for public policy?

By Luke Mclean | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction A healthy mouth is something we take for granted. We use our mouths to speak, to eat and to socialise without pain or significant embarrassment. Yet when oral disorders develop the impacts can extend well beyond the domains of speech, chewing, and swallowing to sleep, productivity, self-esteem and consequently quality of life. Despite the [...]  Read More →

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Improving medication adherence amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

By Surabhi Kumble | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent a minority population in Australia, comprising approximately 2.5% of the total Australian population in 2011. [1] There are a number of challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, due to social, economic and health differentials as a consequence of the history of marginalisation. [3] Despite [...]  Read More →

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Sugammadex – the solution to our relaxant problems?

By Henry Badgery | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Sugammadex is the first of a class of selective relaxant binding agents. It acts by binding with high affinity to steroidal non-depolarising neuromuscular blockade drugs terminating neuromuscular blockade (NMB) through 1:1 encapsulation. Reversal of NMB has traditionally been performed by acetylcholinesterase inhibitors however these drugs have their drawbacks and are therefore not ideal.  This review [...]  Read More →

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National Leadership Development Seminar: developing the health care leaders of the future

By Manda Kaled & Linh Nguyen | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

The vast field of medicine transcends the mere finding of cures for ailments, seeking approaches to prolonging life, and undertaking research in the pursuit of wellbeing, important as these duties are. However, medicine’s empathetic pledge to the ill requires us to exercise leadership, amongst other qualities, as an important tool to advance the interests of [...]  Read More →

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Acute viral bronchiolitis in the setting of extensive family history of asthma

By | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

This case report describes a previously healthy eleven-month old ex-preterm female with a severe presentation of acute viral bronchiolitis with an extensive family history of asthma. The link between viral bronchiolitis and asthma has always been controversial despite extensive research. Several studies have linked respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis to the development of persistent wheezing [...]  Read More →

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A case of solid pericardial metastases causing constrictive pericarditis in a patient with non small cell lung cancer

By | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction: Cardiac metastases are rarely diagnosed in patients with cancer despite being a common finding at autopsy. We report on a case of pericardial metastases in a patient with non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the setting of coexisting direct tumour invasion into the superior vena cava (SVC) and right atrium. Case: We present [...]  Read More →

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Social phobia in children – risk and resilience factors

By Sara de Menezes & Alasdair Vance | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction: Anxiety disorders account for one third of psychiatric complaints that young people present to their general practitioners with. Social phobia (SP) is one of the most prevalent of these disorders, in children and adolescents. Methods: Sixty nine patients with carefully defined SP and a control group of 129 typically developing (TD) children were recruited [...]  Read More →

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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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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
ABN: 51967802511