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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Follow up
MIPS was contacted by a diligent and concerned member, Dr A, who was a general practitioner. His patient was a 52 year old male with hypertension who had been well managed for a number of years but ha ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Commentary on Facebook
The rule of patient confidentiality is paramount. All practitioners need to be very careful where any communication occurs with a patient (or even prospective patient) that may compromise boundaries o ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Implant Dentistry - Informed Consent
The issue of informed consent arises repetitively in dental cases. Frequently the key factor is not the consent process and what was or was not communicated, but rather: what was docume ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Being a Good Samaritan
The provision of healthcare to people in need of urgent medical attention in instances following motor vehicle accidents, at sporting events or during air travel can all be classified as Good Samarita ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Death - the final complication
Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia AHPRA provide a code of conduct for practitioners by which practitioners are judged in the event of an incident. The following is a d ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Mental Health & Wellbeing
Beware of these warning signs… Self prescribing and inappropriate use of medications Practitioners with established mental health conditions Poor performance or assessment Being bullied or harasse ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Negativity towards IMG
Unfortunately as an IMG new to practice in Australia, you may face some guarded or even negative views from your patients. Some recent incidents involving overseas trained doctors have attracted cons ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Privacy and Confidentiality
Key messages Remember the ethical principal and your Hippocratic Oath concerning confidentiality Medical and Dental Board codes of conduct state patient information is confidential. You should only ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Email & SMS communications
Healthcare is now experiencing a rapid increase in the use of email and text messaging to communicate with patients. There are benefits to the use of such technology to both the patient and to the hea ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   What should you do if you're involved in an adverse outcome, claim or investigation?
What should you do? Don’t panic Becoming involved in an adverse outcome, complaint, claim or investigation is more common than you think and it is likely to happen at some stage of your career. ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Intern suicide
Dr M, an intern, was faced with increasingly onerous and stressful workplace obligations. He had become progressively so worried and concerned about workload and fatigue that he raised his concerns wi ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Info before treatment
Dr B was a second year post graduate dentist working as a locum. The patient was seen previously in the practice and had consented to an extraction. The treatment was delayed for a few days as it was ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Refusing treatment
Dr P, a general practitioner had been treating a 63 year old man for a range of bowel symptoms. Colon cancer was detected and the usual range of treatments were proposed.
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Pressure of culture
Dr C, a general practitioner of Greek heritage was relatively new to Australia and had an inner city practice which was comprised almost totally of elderly Greek patients with limited English and comp ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Corridor conversations
Two students were doing their clinical placement in the same hospital and often conferred with each other regarding patients they had seen and cases in which they were involved. One day when they met ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Side effects of medication
Dr X who was trained outside of Australia was placed in a rural practice. Despite having fifteen years’ experience in his native country, this was a real culture shock and he found it difficult to adj ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Limit risks
Nearing the end of a very long shift in the emergency department (ED), Doctor D was extremely tired and in need of a break. He was treating a patient for a severe laceration to his thumb. The patien ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Root fragment
Dr T’s patient attended the surgery in a lot of pain. Radiology revealed a vertically impacted 38. Dr T recommended that the patient get an Orthopantomogram (OPG) and consult a specialist as extra ...
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Practice notes 16 Oct 2013   Informed financial consent
Dr K’s patient was a self employed tradesman who had a consultation in relation to a hernia repair. The private insurance arrangement for this patient only extended to cover a four day hospital stay ...
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Practice notes 20 Jan 2014   Practitioners in Media
Over the years many health practitioners including MIPS members have provided healthcare advice through television, radio and various other forms of media. MIPS occasionally receives enquiries from me ...
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