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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A new paradigm for assessment of learning outcomes among Australian medical students: in the best interest of all medical students?

By David Wilkinson | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Truism: a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning, except as a reminder or as a rhetorical or literary device. Assertion: a proposition that is repeatedly restated regardless of contradiction. “Medical education in Australia is a world-class system, and produces doctors of the highest capability.” Truism or assertion? I […]  Read More →

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Genomic medicine

By John Mattick | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

The last decade has seen an extraordinary revolution in the technology of DNA sequencing. This has meant that the cost of sequencing a human genome has dropped from nearly a billion dollars in 2001, when the first draft of a human sequence was completed, to less than $10,000 today (Figure 1). [1] We’re now seeing […]  Read More →

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The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

By Helen Caldicott | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance of the world’s media and politicians about radiation biology after the dreadful accident at Fukushima in Japan, I organized a 2 day symposium at the NY Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013, titled ‘The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima,’ which was addressed by […]  Read More →

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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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Health care to meet the future needs of New South Wales

By Jillian Skinner | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

When thinking about innovation and ways to transform how health care is delivered to the patients of today and tomorrow, the importance and growing potential of e-Health springs to mind. In Opposition and now as Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research I am absolutely convinced of the enormous gains to be made using […]  Read More →

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