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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The gentleman
Dr R, an intern, commenced a psychiatric rotation at a regional hospital. Upon needing to enter one of the floor levels, Dr R was faced with 2 secure doors, both requiring an access card. Dr R swiped ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The good samaritan
While working as a gynaecology registrar in a hospital, Dr L treats a woman who has miscarried. A week later, on the way home, Dr L finds the patient crouched over at the some abdominal pain but says ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The prescriber
Dr Z received correspondence from AHPRA threatening immediate action to suspend registration due to public safety concerns. AHPRA had received complaints from a few of Dr Z’s colleagues and a communit ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Open Communication
Three weeks into his new placement, Dr Q attends a performance assessment with his consultant supervisor where Dr Q is criticised for his work ethic and skill level. Dr Q is shocked as he believes he ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The falsely accused
Nurse P and PGY3 Dr S have a history of not getting along with each other, Nurse P often made complaints about Dr S’ practice. Including that Dr S recorded a clinical examination in patient notes that ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The apology
During a clinical round an intern supervised a student whilst they inserted a cannula. Despite the student’s familiarity the procedure was problematic. After three failed attempts the intern inserted ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Two sides to every story
A patient arrives in the ED late at night with a sore and swollen groin, insisting that the pain is getting worse. The patient is seen by Dr P, who quickly suspects that the patient has a femoral hern ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The secret spillers
Two registrars working at the same hospital often confer with each other regarding patients in which they were involved. One day, they met in the lift and discussed the details of one of the patients. ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The poor communicator
Dr Todd, a registrar, consulted a 52-year-old male with well managed hypertension that was experiencing increased blood pressure readings. Dr Todd arranged for 24-hour was experiencing increased blood ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   The party doc
Dr L is a medical registrar in an accredited training position. His colleague is Dr T, a fellow trainee on the program, who has a reputation for being a ‘party boy’. He often arrives for work in the m ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Treating friends, family and yourself
The practice of treating friends and family is not recommended and there have been cases where it has led to disciplinary actions by the regulators including conditions placed on practitioner’s regist ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Avoiding common employee contract disputes
A written agreement is easier to defend than a handshake. However, before signing an employment contract, you should be very clear on the key clauses relating to indemnity, insurance or restraints. It ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Working under pressure - a legal hazard
Practicing in the public sector compared to private practice presents different stresses and challenges. For junior practitioners, in particular the former can be very stressful and they may be more v ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Informed consent
The issue of informed consent arises repeatedly in dental cases. More often, the key factor is not the consent process and what was or was not communicated, but rather what was documented in the conte ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Cyber security - Are you prepared?
Australian Healthcare practices storage of health records means mandatory obligations apply and there is a heightened risk from cyber-attack. Regardless of whether you use electronic or hard-copy rec ...
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