Paediatric regional anaesthesia: comparing caudal anaesthesia and ilioinguinal block for paediatric inguinal herniotomy

By Robert A Paul | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Caudal anaesthesia and ilioinguinal block are effective, safe anaesthetic techniques for paediatric inguinal herniotomy. This review article aims to educate medical students about these techniques by examining their safety and efficacy in paediatric surgery, as well as discussing the relevant anatomy and pharmacology. The roles of general anaesthesia in combination with regional anaesthesia, and that of awake regional... 

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The Federal Budget 2013 – 2014: An opportunity to deliver a health workforce that meets future healthcare needs

By Leslie E. Bolitho | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

The Federal Budget 2013 – 2014 announcement and its expected impact on health The announcement of the Australian Federal Budget is one of the most important dates on the calendar for the healthcare industry. The Budget provides a clearer understanding of the funding priorities of the Federal Government and lays the foundation for healthcare investment. [...]  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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Adult pertussis vaccinations as a preventative method for infant morbidity and mortality

By Talia Trigger | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a potentially fatal respiratory illness caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. It commonly occurs in infants who have not completed their primary vaccination schedule. [1] Since 2001, Australia’s coverage rate with the three primary doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis-containing vaccine (DTPa) at twelve months has been greater [...]  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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Fiction and psychiatry: The tale of a forgotten teacher

By Karan Makhija | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” -Hippocrates Reading this declaration today, conjures an unsettling, or almost unpleasant feeling that this once foundational concept may today be lost in time.  A ‘love for humanity’, whilst still lingering in the minds of some clinicians has been largely side-lined by [...]  Read More →

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Legalising medical cannabis in Australia

By Hamish R Smith | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Introduction Cannabis was first used in China around 6,000 years ago and is one of the oldest psychotropic drugs known to man. [1] There are several species of cannabis, the most common are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. [2] The two main products that are derived from cannabis are, hashish – the thick [...]  Read More →

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The history of breast cancer surgery: Halsted’s radical mastectomy and beyond

By Rebecca E Young | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Breast cancer is common. One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed by the time they turn 85, and it has been estimated that this year in Australia approximately 14,600 women will receive the diagnosis, around 40 women each day. [1] A significant proportion will undergo surgery, mostly as the first means of treatment. Over [...]  Read More →

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Perhaps the only ECG text you need….

By Alka Lalji | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Jayasinghe, S. Rohan. ECG Workbook, Australia: Elsevier; 2012. RRP: $59.95 This is an Elsevier supported book review Like tools are to a plumber, correct ECG interpretations are to a doctor. ECGs are the basis of diagnosis for many of the patients that walk through our hospital doors. Consider this: how many patients do you see [...]  Read More →

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The role of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in Indigenous health

By Michael Weightman | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

“Our right to take back responsibility.” Noel Pearson, 2000 [1] This emotive aphorism by Pearson embodies the struggle of Australia’s Indigenous people to gain control of their destiny, which for generations has been wrested from them into the power of governments. Although his statement was primarily directed toward welfare, the same right of responsibility can [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
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