New medical school not based on policy

By Kiran Narula, Kate Nuthall | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

About AMSA The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for medical students in Australia. AMSA connects, informs and represents students studying at each of the 20 medical schools in Australia by means of advocacy campaigns, events, community and wellbeing projects, and the production of a range of publications. The Abbott Government’s […]  Read More →

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Response to “Assisted dying is not part of good medical practice”

By Dr Roger Hunt | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

I wish to make several points in response: Relief of suffering My colleague claims that with ‘expert’ palliation ‘symptoms can be relieved, explanations can be given and suffering can be addressed and not felt to be too hard to deal with’. This is an idealised view that does not acknowledge the limitations of palliative care, […]  Read More →

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Against Euthanasia: Assisted dying is not part of good medical practice

By Prof Roderick MacLeod | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

The issue of assisting or hastening death is not a new phenomenon. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates explicitly stated that new physicians must refrain from such a practice. [1] In 21st century practice the majority of jurisdictions around the world still uphold that principle. However, there is increasing pressure from some groups of the […]  Read More →

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Response to “Murder versus mercy”

By Prof Roderick MacLeod | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

There is so much misinformation and outdated information surrounding the debate about assisted dying that it is important to try to ascertain what evidence is currently available. Otherwise, myths tend to become ‘reality.’ Relief of suffering The notion that suffering can be relieved is an attractive one but surprisingly there has been little work undertaken to […]  Read More →

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For Euthanasia: Murder versus mercy

By Dr Roger Hunt | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

Under existing law, if a doctor intentionally and compassionately hastens a patient’s death, upon the patient’s request to end their suffering, that doctor can be prosecuted with the most serious of crimes – murder. Is this a just law? If you answer ‘No . . . the doctor should not be charged with murder’, then […]  Read More →

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Introducing JDocs, a competency framework for junior doctors

By Jacky Heath, Kathleen Hickey, Stephen Tobin | Volume 6, Issue 1 2015

Introduction The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is pleased to announce the launch of JDocs, a competency framework supported by a suite of educational resources that have been designed to promote flexible and  self-directed  learning,  together with  assessment opportunities to record and log procedural experiences and capture evidence of personal achievements.  These resources will be […]  Read More →

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Medical degrees being priced out of reach

By A/Prof Brian K. Owler | Volume 6, Issue 1 2015

One of the most disappointing and troubling aspects of this year’s Federal Budget was the Government’s decision to deregulate university fees and to reduce the subsidy for Commonwealth Supported Places by an average of 20 per cent. It’s a decision that the AMA has been fighting, given the harm it could do to the medical profession. […]  Read More →

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Minding the mental in health…

By Professor Patrick McGorry | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

“There is no health without mental health”—David Satcher, US Surgeon General, 1999 As Australia’s future doctors, you are facing the challenges of finishing your training and establishing yourself within your chosen career pathway in a profession that offers unique opportunities, but also significant stressors, all at a uniquely vulnerable time of life. Many of the […]  Read More →

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Days of miracle and wonder

By Professor Stephen Leeder AO | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

My youngest son, James, is an undergraduate in his third year at the University of Sydney. His world is more like yours, dear reader, than mine. It differs from mine in the depth of experience and knowledge he has acquired at a young age, his international travel formerly for music and now for debating, his […]  Read More →

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The future of Indigenous health in Australia

By Dr Tammy Kimpton & Rob James | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

In 1866 the first Indigenous Canadian doctor completed her training and in 1899 the first Maori doctor graduated from medical school in the United States. Professor Helen Milroy, a founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), graduated from the University of Western Australia as Australia’s first Aboriginal doctor 84 years later in 1983. […]  Read More →

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