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More hurdles for senior docs Dear Editor, Dr. K.C. Wan, Consultant Occupational Physician, wrote a letter Protecting Rights of Senior Doctors (February, 2013). I am also registered as "Non-Practising" for the same reasons as he, but have encountered another problem. The definition of Registration Non-Practising reads as follows: "This type of registration may be suitable for medical practitioners who: t IBWFSFUJSFEDPNQMFUFMZGSPNNFEJDBMQSBDUJDF t BSFOPUQSBDUJTJOHUFNQPSBSJMZ GPSFYBNQMF on maternity or paternity leave) or who t BSFOPUQSBDUJTJOHJO"VTUSBMJBCVUBSF practising overseas." The Board's definition of 'practice' is: "OZSPMF XIFUIFSSFNVOFSBUFEPSOPU JOXIJDIUIF individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. For the purposes of this registration standard, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession." "Medical practitioners with non-practising registration cannot undertake any practice as defined above. They are not permitted to prescribe or refer, regardless of whether they are being remunerated." One and a half years ago, my wife woke me at 2am with pain in her left breast. She was obviously UFSSJGJFEBOE*FYBNJOFEIFS UIVTVTJOHNZTLJMMT and knowledge as a health practitioner in my profession". That morning, I took her to our GP and breast cancer was confirmed. I had obviously broken the law and I reported myself to the Medical Board. Some months later, I was told to forget about it! "GUFSZFBSTPGNFEJDBMUSBJOJOH IPXDBOBEPDUPS forget his (or her) clinical skills? (Dr) Iain Esslemont, Margaret River

Happy pets, happy people Dear Editor, 8FBUUIF341$"IBWFMPOH been promoting the health benefits of pet ownership for people of all ages (Healing Power of Pets, November, 2012). 5IFKPZPGIBWJOHBQFUJTOhUOFXUPNPTU"VTUSBMJBOT we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership per capita in the world. In fact our pets are such positive influences on our lives that one study found "VTUSBMJBOPXOFSTIJQPGDBUTBOEEPHTTBWFEBCPVU CJMMJPOJOIFBMUIFYQFOEJUVSFPWFSPOFZFBS Research has shown that pet owners are generally healthier and happier than non-pet owners. They IBWFMPXFSCMPPEQSFTTVSFBOEDIPMFTUFSPMBSFMFTT EFQSFTTFEBSFBUMPXFSSJTLPGIFBSUEJTFBTFGFFMMFTT

MPOFMZUIBOOPOQFUPXOFSTDBODPQFXJUIHSJFG BOEMPTTCFUUFSUIBOOPOQFUPXOFSTBOEBSFNPSF active and find it easier to get to know people. Pets are also great caregivers. They keep us company when we're sick or feeling down. They can make us feel safe while we're home alone and they keep an eye on the house while we're out. Dogs especially help us get out and enjoy the outdoors XIJMFHFUUJOHTPNFSFHVMBSFYFSDJTF They are great motivators and personal trainers, never wanting to miss a training session no matter the weather. Dogs can also help introduce us to people in the community, especially other dog owners, and they make great conversation starters. We should be encouraging responsible pet ownership for all groups in the community. Mr Tim Mayne, RSPCA WA

Specialists in the loop Dear Editor, Can I please request that GPs notify in writing all relevant specialists if one of their patients dies, specifically with a date and cause of death. This courtesy would be greatly appreciated by the specialist rooms, as often the first knowledge we have of a mutual patient's death is when they do not attend an appointment. It is often a very awkward conversation with the family, who are already dealing with the grief over the loss of their loved one, when we call to ask why they have missed the appointment. Sometimes the family do notify us but it is not the time or place to ask for a specific date (relevant for our computer records) and how the patient died (the first question asked by the specialist). I'm sure we are not the only specialist practice having these awkward conversations. "OZIFMQXPVMECFBQQSFDJBUFE Ms Alison Gould, Secretary to Vascular Surgeons

More on euthanasia Dear Editor, The official Belgian Euthanasia report stated that "21.1% of those euthanased without consent had Dementia." Yet Dr Bulten and UIFMPDBM8"7&4QSFTJEFOUEFOZUIBUQFPQMFXJUI Dementia are being euthanased. Truth has been a major casualty in the euthanasia debate. Speaking on Channel 7, Dr Nitschke wants FVUIBOBTJBGSFFMZBWBJMBCMFUPBOZPOFPWFSXIP is "tired of living". He admitted advising a healthy elderly woman who was "tired of living" how to obtain illegal drugs to commit suicide. Clearly Nitschke has no respect for the law and a Nitschkerun euthanasia clinic would be a minefield. 5IF%VUDI&VUIBOBTJBPSHBOJTBUJPO</77&>IBT announced plans to further liberalise the Dutch euthanasia law allowing euthanasia for anyone "tired of living" and with no medical requirement at all. This is the reality of euthanasia. Dr John Hayes, Consultant Physician ED: See our E-poll on Page 29 medicalforum


       

 

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Doctors Answerable To Whom? Currently, the medical profession at large is excluded from any input to Medical Board panellist appointments. Why? Our E-poll results raise fresh questions.

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he GFC, the Blaxell Report on St Andrew's Hostel, the UK Murdoch press, and Health Services Union rumblings together demonstrate how people at the top can behave badly, even corruptly. 'Transparency and accountability' in governance is the suggested antidote so that the average punter can monitor what goes on. Or can they?

Peer review works both ways, surely. It is not necessarily about questioning the integrity of those currently involved, more inbuilt safeguards in the selection process.

")13"(1) and the new National Medical Board say they are converts but are they doing enough to quell unsubstantiated rumours of medical people manipulating the system to help mates or damage rivals, in the name of protecting health consumers?

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The most serious allegations about doctors around unprofessional conduct, health or performance are heard by panels or tribunals, sometimes in camera, and rightly so. Investigating panellists face the difficult task of interpreting the facts, with inevitable bias. Could the selection of particular panellists with known attitudes introduce untoward bias? It is important to remember that the investigation of less serious allegations are not open to public gaze through the 4UBUF"ENJOJTUSBUJWF5SJCVOBM 4"5  judicial process. 5IFWBTUNBKPSJUZPGPVSTVSWFZFE8" GPs and Specialists (July 2012) with an PQJOJPOPOUIJTJTTVF BSPVOE XBOUFE transparency in the appointment of Medical Board panellists, with the opportunity to inform the Medical Board, in private, if

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Tom graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1974 and trained in pathology at the Health Services Centre in Manitoba, Canada, and School of Pathology in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a Consultant Pathologist at the Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg (1983-1987), State Health Laboratory Service WA (1987-1993) and Western Diagnostic Pathology (1993-2012). His special interests include gastrointestinal pathology, dermatopathology, breast and gynaecological pathology.

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How would you explain why the national Medical Board does not make known to the wider profession in WA, prior to appointment, which WA doctors are to be offered panel positions to investigate complaints against other doctors [multiple choice]?

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Yes. ............................................................................................................43% No. .............................................................................................................30% Uncertain. ................................................................................................27% ED. We got this one the wrong way around, sorry! The National Law says that in choosing a panel of three to hear a matter (two doctors, one community representative all chosen off an approved list), the National Medical Board must, if possible, choose a member from the jurisdiction in which the matter the subject of the hearing occurred. It's not completely kosher to make this interpretation from this poll result, but around 30% of surveyed doctors agree with that point of view.

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A Political Life Dr George Crisp is making his third pitch for parliament at this month's state election. He talks here of doctors participating in the political debate.

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doctor in politics? Surprising? Certainly, judging by the response of a few of my patients. But there are some very good reasons to think about a political career or even a short stint of political representation. "TBQSPGFTTJPOBMHSPVQXFBSFXFMM acquainted with the concept of service to our community and all too aware of what that entails. Working in clinical practice, we have WBMVBCMFMJGFFYQFSJFODFBOEBVOJRVFJOTJHIU JOUPUIFMJWFTPG"VTUSBMJBOTPGBMMBHFTBOE backgrounds. Such a privileged perspective can add considerable diversity and depth PGFYQFSJFODFUPQPMJUJDBMQBSUJFTTPPGUFO dominated by lawyers and political hacks. In contrast to most other professional disciplines, our training also gives us an understanding of both science and UIFIVNBOJUJFT"OEUIFSFIBTOFWFS been a more important time to elect representatives with an understanding of science. Many important political debates have been greatly impoverished and undermined by a lack of an informed scientific background. Even if we don't have

specific subject knowledge, we understand basic scientific principles and are able to critically evaluate scientific information. We are also no strangers to making hard EFDJTJPOT PGUFOJOBSFBTPGTPNFDPNQMFYJUZ and requiring great sensitivity. Medical QSBDUJUJPOFSTIBWFXFMMEFWFMPQFEFYQFSUJTF in working productively as autonomous professionals, both individually and within a team. Then there is the issue of Health policy, which so far has been largely confined to NPOPMJUIJDEFQBSUNFOUBMTJMPT"TEPDUPST  we have an informed health perspective HSPVOEFEJOQSBDUJDBMFYQFSJFODF and are well-placed to illuminate the health implications arising from policy formulation, particularly in the early 'drafting' phase. There is now increasing recognition of a h)FBMUIJO"MM1PMJDZh )J"1 BQQSPBDIUP limit health service cost growth and improve wider societal health beyond the scope of health services. That is certainly one area where we can be effective advocates. Decisions made by politicians with no

IFBMUITFSWJDFFYQFSJFODFDBOCFJOUFOTFMZ frustrating to those of us working at the coalface. Haven't you ever wished you could have some input, or at least raised an intelligent and informed voice during deliberations? Getting elected is one way to do just that! There should be a lot more representation from the health sector within the parliamentary sphere, if only because it's the TJOHMFMBSHFTUFNQMPZNFOUTFDUPSJO"VTUSBMJB oBCPVUPGUIF"VTUSBMJBOXPSLGPSDF XJUINPSFUIBO IFBMUIQSPGFTTJPOBMT Yes, I agree that most of the time politicians are hardly flavour of the month. That may be a little off-putting as a career choice but adding trustworthy, well-respected and credible representatives to their ranks would be a good thing. It would certainly broaden the political debate. Of course, I'm not suggesting a parliamentary career would be everyone's cup of tea, far from it. But, as medical professionals, we do have much to offer QPMJUJDBMEJTDPVSTFCZFYUFOEJOHPVSTQIFSF of influence beyond our clinical roles. O

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A Captain's Mark He's taken some screamers in the navy blue and gold and Darren Glass will be aiming for more of the same against the Dockers later this month. Darren Glass first led the West Coast Eagles in season 2008. He's been handed the captain's jersey again for the 2013 season and is looking forward to doing battle with visiting teams at Subiaco Oval's, House of Pain. Darren concedes he has a few aches and pains of his own but sings the praises of the medical staff who help make those stratospheric high marks possible. "The early morning walk to the bathroom can get a little bit creaky now and then but I've been pretty fortunate with injuries. The "'-XPSLTIBSEUPNPOJUPSUIFQBDFPGUIF game and the impact it has on players. It is tough on the body and it's not unusual for a player to carry a few niggles through a season," Darren said. "MPUPGPMEFSQMBZFSTFOEVQXJUITPNF sort of surgery at the end of the year but they're often pretty minor like a clean-up of BLOFF"GUFSNZMBTUIJQPQFSBUJPO*XBMLFE out of hospital the same day! Most of the Eagles players have the surgery done here in Perth. Dr Peter Campbell has done both my TIPVMEFSTBOE%S1FUFS"OOFBSEJENZLOFF and groin operations." .FEJDBMTVQQPSUGPS"'-QMBZFSTJTOhU confined to the operating theatre. On match day there's a plethora of specialists both on the boundary line and in the treatment rooms.

After my last hip operation I walked out of hospital the same day! "There are a couple of team doctors and Rod Moore and Gerard Taylor share that role at the moment. We have quite a big d medical contingent to keep us on the field on game day and that's everything from running repairs to pain-killing jabs. That doesn't happen too often and the player always has the final say. The first consideration is always the long-term health of the individual." 7FSZPGUFOBQMBZFSXJMMCVJMEVQBHSFBU relationship with a particular doctor and I've known Rod and Gerard my entire career. We've always had a really good rapport between the players and medical staff at the Eagles." "Injuries are a part of football and when they happen you generally move on pretty quickly. You're usually into rehab 10

QDarren Glass leading the West Coast Eagles through the player race

straight away and most players don't get too EJTIFBSUFOFE)BWJOHTBJEUIBU "OUIPOZ Morabito from the Dockers is on his third knee reconstruction and hopefully it won't be career ending. Players are resilient and we all know that if you want a long career in the "'-ZPVIBWFUPQVTIUISPVHIJOKVSJFT Darren turns 32 in May and is approaching the twilight of his professional career. "My body is holding together really well at the moment. Obviously as you get a bit older it does get trickier but you're more attuned to what your body can do. When you

first arrive at the Eagles, and this applies to young immature players and those XIPhWFIBEZFBSTPG"'-FYQFSJFODF UIFZ assess and monitor every player. The club structures the training loads so that when you're in your mid-20s you do a lot of hard work but when you get old like me they look after you." Playing in the specialist position as a backline defender, Darren's job is to nullify his attacking opponents. Other positions on the field have more pressing concerns. 5IFSVDLNFOXFSFHFUUJOHNPSF1$- 5I <1PTUFSJPS$SVDJBUF-JHBNFOU>JOKVSJFT <1P DPN DPNQBSFEXJUIPUIFSQMBZFST5IF"'-CSPVHIU in tthe centre-circle so that they didn't generate so m much force when they contested the ball. Those Th sort of injuries have dropped away." "OEUIBUPMEDIFTUOVUBCPVU4VCJBDP "O Oval being a particularly hard playing Ov surface? Paterson's Stadium (Subiaco Oval) sur management told Medical Forum that it's ma one of the most highly utilised stadiums JO " JO"VTUSBMJBBOEUIBUUIF"'-1MBZFST "TT "TTPDJBUJPOSBUFTJUIJHIMZ*OUIFIBSE working wo centre square, after a battering by "VTTJF3VMFT CPUI3VHCZDPEFT 4PDDFSBOE "V the odd concert, was replaced twice. Darren Glass Gla has spent more time on it than most. "Subiaco is one of the harder grounds in UIF"'-CVU*hNOPUTVSFUIBUUSBOTMBUFT into more injuries necessarily. We train on it all the time and love playing on the ground." Drugs and sport is a hot topic at the NPNFOUXJUIBOPOHPJOH"VTUSBMJBO medicalforum


You're into rehab straight away and most players don't get too disheartened.

Crime Commission investigation into organised networks infiltrating entire clubs and supplying banned substances. In a recent interview with The West Australian both %BSSFO(MBTTBOE"OESFX&NCMFZSFBGGJSNFE their conviction that the club adheres to strict guidelines regarding supplements. So, could UIFSFCFB-BODF"SNTUSPOHGMZJOHVOEFSUIF SBEBSJOUIF"'"We're tested frequently and randomly under two different doping codes. We come under UIF8PSME%PQJOH"HFODZGPSQFSGPSNBODF enhancing (PE) drugs and the players have also agreed to an illicit drugs policy." Darren said he'd be shocked if drug-taking JOUIF"'-XBTXJEFTQSFBE Technology has made a significant impact on the modern game with everything from ice vests, cooling tanks to hyperbaric chambers. "It's certainly a big part of the game now and one of the real benefits is the use of GPS. We wear the monitors during games and training to track our work-rate and they get so much data out of them. The training staff

can then adjust training regimes and game time. It's all about looking after a player's body which is one of the keys to long career." In elite sport mental preparation is just as important as physical conditioning and strength training. "Nerves are a big part the game. I think the worst games I've played have been when I wasn't feeling a bit twitchy. It does start to build up getting towards a big game like a final and we all have our little routines, such as eating the same meal at a particular time. I've got a young family now so that means I don't have too much time to think about the game until I get to the ground." 1MBZJOH"'-JTXIBU*hWFXBOUFEUPEP ever since I was a young footballer in Northam. It's been a great career choice and a wonderful occupation." O

By Mr Peter McClelland ED: The Eagles meet the Dockers in the season opening match at Patersons Stadium on Saturday, March 23.

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Match Day Medicine West Coast Eagles medico Dr Rod Moore has been on the boundary line since the first bounce-down in 1986. The QDr Rod Moore sports medicine physician saw Darren Glass pull on an Eagles' jersey for the first time in 2000 but after 26 years, Rod's time with the Eagles is drawing to a close. He spoke to Medical Forum about allthings-football, from injuries and surgery to the medical line of succession. "It's a high-velocity impact sport so there's always the risk of collision injuries. But I see as many serious injuries in recreational medicalforum

BUIMFUFTBT*EPJO"'-QMBZFST"OEUIF injuries aren't necessarily age-related. Darren's certainly been pretty durable throughout his career and has had less than the industry standard relating to surgical procedures." "O"'-QMBZFSXJMMDFSUBJOMZIBWFNPSF surgery than a comparable age peer-group but that's because they're playing elite sport." "The use of pain-killing injection varies from club to club and some are a little more aggressive than others. There's a common misconception that footballers have cortisone injections to allow them to play. They don't. They might have a local anaesthetic after something like a finger dislocation or to manage pain from a previous injury, but it's predicated on player consent and the specific situation. If a team is 10 goals ahead, or behind, with a quarter to go that will influence the decision. The

player's well-being always underpins that." "The very first time we meet these young players, we tell them they are patients first and footballers second." "UZQJDBMNBUDIEBZTFFTNFBSSJWJOHBUUIF ground about two hours before the siren. I'll make any last-minute assessments of players and then there's the hurly-burly PGUIFHBNF"OPUIFSUXPIPVSTBGUFSUIF game will be spent looking at injuries and arranging follow-up." "I've been sharing the role with Gerard 5BZMPSGPSUIFQBTUZFBSTBOE"MFY Strahan started working with us last year. It's all part of the succession plan, after 26 years it's time to hand over the baton. It's been a unique opportunity to combine my profession with my sporting interests." O

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The hyperbaric chamber at SJOG Subiaco remains inoperative because its owners Hyperbaric Health (HH) need to be sure about commercial viability. The culprit is the cessation of the MBS item number for OPOEJBCFUJDIZQPYJDXPVOET XIJDI)) estimates accounts for ~30% of their caseload and they're evaluating patient numbers UPNBJOUBJOPYZHFOUIFSBQZBTBEJSFDU DPTUGSFFPQUJPO))PQFSBUFDIBNCFST BUMPDBUJPOTJOUIF"TJB1BDJGJDSFHJPO including several in Sydney and two in Melbourne. They're hoping for a first-half 2013 cutting of the ribbon at Subiaco.

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Roll out the barrel Election time means the government media industry is eerily silent while we have much squawking from the political parties (see Page 27 for one event's coverage). But just before the power was cut, the health minister with the aid of the (now diminishing) Royalties for Region cash announced that Cunderdin and Pingelly would pilot new primary health care centres â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a GP working alongside allied health and maybe the odd specialist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as part of $43.4m earmarked for the Southern Inland Health region.

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Trailblazer

Every Breath He Takes Prof Louis Landau has blazing trails in every sphere of his long and distinguished career but he never loses sight of the patient. "You are a therapeutic nihilist with no future in psychiatry". With these words the course of veteran paediatric physician, researcher and teacher Prof -PVJT-BOEBVhTMJGFBOEDBSFFSDIBOHFE direction forever. The Melbourne University graduate had started his first term as an intern at the Royal Melbourne psychiatry department in the mid-'60s and was asked to medicate patients and get them talking. In the course PGUIFTFBCSFBDUJPOT UIFZPVOH%S-BOEBV FYQFSJFODFEIBJSSBJTJOHNPNFOUTUIBU chilled him to the bone. "I complained to the head of the unit that I didn't feel it was appropriate I should be doing this because I didn't have the FYQFSJFODF*IBEOPXBZPGLOPXJOHJG*XBT doing any good or not. He told me I was a therapeutic nihilist who had no future in psychiatry. I agreed with him. I can still hear him after 40 years!" Psychiatry's loss was paediatrics gain and not long after he found himself working at the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital where he stayed until 1983 before heading west to take up the chair of paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital.

My wife, Miriam, tells the story that she was on her guard because if I ever started a sentence with 'By the wayâ&#x20AC;Ś' she knew it was going to be something profoundly important. #PSOJO.FMCPVSOF -PVJT POFPGUISFF children, spent part of his childhood in Shepparton, 180km north-east of the city, where his father, keen to strike out on a venture of his own, bought an orchard. "Unfortunately we had three bad seasons in a row and SPC wouldn't pay enough for the fruit to make a living, so he had to sell up and we moved back to Melbourne. We settled in $BSMUPOBOE*TQFOUUIFCFTUQBSUPGUIFOFYU two decades living, schooling and working in one square mile around Parkville." Up until his final year at University High 4DIPPM -PVJTQMBOOFEBQIBSNBDZDBSFFS but when all his friends were opting for medicine, he did too. Five decades on it still inspires him to shake off thoughts of retirement and contribute, now as an adviser for the Department of Health's Medical Workforce division. This move into policy wasn't, as he says, a lifelong ambition but an interest to take a stand based on good 16

QE/Prof Louis Landau, centre, receiving his doctorate of letters in 2007 with Prof Lawrie Beilin and Prof Sonny Gubbay.

evidence between those who do nothing and those who act impulsively. There are three thick intertwining strands to his outstanding medical career â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his clinical life, his research work and his dedication to FEVDBUJPO FTQFDJBMMZBT%FBOPGUIF68" Medical School between 1996 and 2003. Each strand has taken him on adventures to unknown territory. 5IFZTBZUIBUUJNJOHJTFWFSZUIJOH BOE-PVJTh career is punctuated by being in the right QMBDFBUUIFSJHIUUJNF%VSJOHIJTZFBSTBU the Royal Children's Hospital, the paediatric respiratory department became the nation's main incubator and trainer in treatment and research. "Our head was the inspiring Prof Howard Williams, and Dr Peter Phelan was his junior. Howard promoted research. He set up UIFJOJUJBMMPOHJUVEJOBMTUVEZPGTFWFO ZFBSPMETDIPPMDIJMESFOoUIFZBSFOPX I followed them from years 13 to 21 and it was the beginning of a lot of my research on the epidemiology of childhood illnesses, particularly asthma and allergies. I still get Christmas cards from some of my patients I saw in Melbourne 30 years ago." "In Melbourne, we discovered that seven years was too late to start because most things had already happened, so the first study when we came to Perth was to start at birth, taking lung function measurements in a child's first year. We found that was also too late. So the OFYUTUVEZ UIF3BJOFTUVEZ XFSFDSVJUFEJO pregnancy." "Prof John Newnham was fortunately doing his study on ultrasound in pregnancy and had recruited 3000 women. The Raine study is now 23 years old and it's been fascinating watching these kids growing." The move to Princess Margaret Hospital was another bend in the road. "I came to Perth at the end of '83 to do a lecture at PMH. The chair of paediatrics

was vacant after the death of Prof Bill McDonald but I had no idea that the invitation to lecture was actually the board sounding me out if I would be interested in applying for the vacancy." 5IFTPGUMZTQPLFO-PVJTTNJMFTTIZMZXIFO asked what his teacher wife and two sons, then aged 14 and 12, thought about leaving UIFJSMJWFTBOEFYUFOEFEGBNJMZJO.FMCPVSOF to head West when he was appointed to position in 1984. "My wife, Miriam, tells the story that she was on her guard because if I ever started a sentence with 'By the wayâ&#x20AC;Ś' she knew it was going to be something profoundly JNQPSUBOU"TGPSUIFCPZT 1FUFS PVS younger son, turned to me and said dramatically, 'Well, this in the end of my life'. He was form captain and captain of the football team, for him it was a big thing, but as it turned out he became the school captain of Christchurch Grammar, so it worked out. Our older boy, Jonathan, settled in easily." There was no paediatric respiratory medicine JO1FSUIXIFO-PVJTBSSJWFEBU1.)%S 1FUFS-F4PFVG XIPUSBJOFEXJUIIJNJO Melbourne, had returned home and the pair together established the department. *UhTFYDJUJOHUPTFUVQBEJTDJQMJOF#VUXFIBE to promote it to the paediatricians because up until that time respiratory illnesses were managed by general paediatricians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as most of them should be â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but there is a small group such as cystic fibrosis and some other difficult diseases that need a tertiary specialist." "We had to show them that we could offer something and that their practice wouldn't fall apart because they would MPTFUIFPDDBTJPOBMQBUJFOU"OEJUXPSLFE  people acknowledged that and now it is a very strong department with outstanding research activity and performance." medicalforum


Now I'm meeting my patients who are sitting on committees with me and they are in their 30s and 40s. Since 1984, there have been huge leaps in the science and the practice of respiratory NFEJDJOF XIJDI-PVJTJOQBSUIBTPWFSTFFO  but he is most thrilled with the advances in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. "I remember every one of my patients and their families. One of the saddest cases was a little girl who died at three from severe lung disease. Patients were dying as teenagers at that stage. Now I'm meeting my patients who are sitting on committees with me and they are in their 30s and 40s. Many have needed lung transplants but even that is now possible. The median age of survival has moved to over 40. When I started the median age was about eight." -PVJTXBTBMTPPOUIFHSPVOEGMPPS helping to establish two of Perth's most significant medical research institutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research 5*$)3 BOE8"*OTUJUVUFPG.FEJDBM 3FTFBSDI 8"*.3  In the search for a head of the then ICHR, -PVJTUVSOFEUPUIFEJTUJOHVJTIFESFTFBSDI biologist Sir Gustav Nossal for advice. "One of the most profound things I got from the selection process was a discussion I had with Gus Nossal. I asked him what he thought was the main characteristic we should look for in a director. He said 'that's easy, there is only one thing â&#x20AC;Ś generosity' and that was so true. It had to be someone who could work with others and not have their own self-interest uppermost. We appointed Fiona Stanley and that was a very good appointment. Similarly, I think Jonathan Carapetis will be terrific for the future." -PVJTJTBDIBNQJPOPGSFTFBSDIBOE teaching, saying both need constant promotion to government. "The current philosophy in health is activitybased funding, and clearly there's a good basis for that. However, we have to keep reminding people that it is not the sole activity that occurs in health, and health will suffer if we are reactive rather than proactive in areas of teaching and research." "Research prevents people from needing UFSUJBSZBOEFYUFOTJWFDBSF XIJMFUFBDIJOH is investing in the future good health of the state. We still have to keep pushing those things and ensure that they are in the model." "But what won't change is the care and dedication doctors show to their patients. These qualities are absolutely critical in medicine and those good qualities are still there." O

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Health Promotion

Gutsy Campaign to Live Lighter The war on obesity has stepped up a notch with a campaign being led by the Heart Foundation WA and Cancer Council WA. You've seen the advertisments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a fourpage wraparound of our daily newspaper and front and centre on our television and cinema screens. From the 'grabbable gut' to the lakes of adipose tissue strangulating PVSJOUFSOBMPSHBOT UIF-JWF-JHIUFS campaign has pulled no punches. "OEJUJTKVTUUIFCFHJOOJOHPGBUISFFZFBS DBNQBJHOCZUIF)FBSU'PVOEBUJPO8" BOE$BODFS$PVODJM8"UBSHFUJOHPCFTJUZ The two NFPs successfully tendered for the $9.1m Health Department promotion, which began in June. Heart Foundation CEO Maurice Swanson said an important part of the brief was to put the campaign through a strict evaluation process. He said a team QMr Maurice Swanson from the Centre of Behavioural Research in Cancer at the $BODFS$PVODJMPG7JDUPSJBIBECFFOFOHBHFE UPDPOEVDUUIFSFWJFXXIFSF7JDUPSJBO residents would act as the control. "We're interviewing 1000 people at various QPJOUTJOUJNFCPUIJO8"BOE7JDUPSJB*hWF only once in the past 30 years been involved in an evaluation where we had a control group in another state. That gives us a great deal of confidence about concluding that the differences we can detect are as a result of the

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So far two reports have been made since June and they indicate that people who are overweight are responding to the campaign more than people of normal weight.

"We have been careful to stress that we are not talking about the relative merits of different body shapes, we're talking about what we call central adiposity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what in the BEWFSUJTJOHJTDBMMFEUIFhHSBCCBCMFHVUh"OE the simple message is that if you've got a grabbable gut then it's highly likely that you also have an additional load of visceral or UPYJDGBU

"That's a terrific finding for us because in previous campaigns, there hasn't been that level of engagement from overweight people. This campaign is making them think more about the health ramifications of being overweight and there's evidence that they are responding and understanding the message

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message and also that we are not creating unintended consequences with the audience, such as eating disorders in either adults or young people. We've specifically asked questions to cover those issues and we've run a separate evaluation and an online survey to ensure those sorts of undesirable outcomes don't result. That study was concluded in December and there was no sign that the campaign messages were doing that." The size of the obesity problem is such that Maurice said it was unrealistic that it could be solved in the three-year span of the campaign. However, it XBTBHPPETUBSUJOUIFFOEFBWPVSUPDIBOHFUIFCFIBWJPVSPGUIFPG8" BEVMUTBOEPGZFBSPMETXIPBSFFJUIFSPWFSXFJHIUPSPCFTF The emphasis of Perth's public transport system in the current state election DBNQBJHOXBTBMTPHPPEOFXTGPSUIF-JWF-JHIUFSDBNQBJHO "Both sides of politics are falling over the other to tell us that they are investing more into public transport. There is very good evidence that people who use an active way of getting to work have lower blood pressure, lower levels of obesity and a better heart disease risk profile." Maurice said investment in public transport and cycling were one of three QSJPSJUJFTGPSBEWPDBDZJOUIF-JWF-JHIUFSDBNQBJHO The second is targeting junk food advertising, especially when it is promoted to children through sport. "We don't think it's appropriate that sport should be used as a vehicle to promote junk food to the community. But it's not only junk food but also alcohol. Every major sporting team in the country has an alcohol sponsor. It's more difficult to get across responsible alcohol consumption messages when all your sporting teams have got those brands front and centre." O

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Guest Column

Limit Jail Time for Mentally Ill The MIA Act has the capacity to lock up a mentally impaired person indefinitely. This has to stop, says advocate Ms Margaret Doherty.

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hy, in Western Australia today, are we locking away 'mentally impaired' men and women in prison indefinitely? The authority for this injustice is derived from an insidious 35-page piece of legislation called the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (the MIA Act). The Act is short as legislation goes but despite its size, it packs a powerful and inhumane punch. It is not just people with mental illness who may be affected by the MIA Act as its definition of 'mental impairment' also includes senility, intellectual disability and brain damage.

4IPDLJOHMZ UIF"DUBMTPBQQMJFTUPZPVOH QFPQMFXJUIUIFTFDPOEJUJPOT"OZPGVTXJUI such a vulnerable family member or friend JOUIJTTJUVBUJPOXPVMESFBTPOBCMZFYQFDU their care and protection to be governed by the highest level of transparency and best practice available. This is not the case. When people with 'mental impairment' are charged with criminal offences they may DPNFVOEFSUIF.*""DUGPSUXPSFBTPOT Firstly, following psychiatric assessment,

they may be deemed mentally unfit to stand USJBM*O 8"hT$IJFG+VTUJDFTQPLF PGUIFJOBEFRVBDZPGUIF.*""DUXIJDI allowed him only two options in dealing with a person in this situation: unconditional release or the issuing of a Custody Order. "$VTUPEZ0SEFSJTBUFSNPGJOEFGJOJUF detention supervised by the Mentally *NQBJSFE"DDVTFE3FWJFX#PBSE .*"3#  "OBOOVBMSFWJFXUBLFTQMBDFUPXIJDIOFJUIFS the individual nor their legal representative IBTBSJHIUUPBUUFOE5IF.*"3#TJUT behind closed doors and sends its reports to UIF"UUPSOFZ(FOFSBMPOXIPNUIFSFJTOP definite timeframe imposed to respond. Secondly, a person may come under the .*""DUJGUIFZIBWFTVDDFTTGVMMZQSPWFOB defence of 'Not Guilty Due to Unsound Mind'. Contrary to popular opinion, using 'madness' as a defence is not a smart legal manoeuvre to a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card. Ironically, success with an 'insanity defence' may result in a person spending much longer in prison under a Custody Order than they would have if found guilty of the offence. "OPUIFSQSFTVNQUJPOJTUIBUhNFOUBMMZ impaired accused' spend their detention in a

special treatment and care facility. However, successive governments have failed to build the 'declared place' mentioned in the 1996 "DU5IFSFBSFCFETBU8"hTPOMZTFDVSF forensic mental health facility, some of which are occupied by people waiting for courtEJSFDUFEQTZDIJBUSJDBTTFTTNFOU"DDPSEJOH UPUIF.*"3#hT"OOVBM3FQPSU PG people with 'mental impairment' on Custody Orders are currently detained in prison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 66% are of indigenous background. 4PXIBUDBOFBDIPGVTEP "TLZPVSMPDBM candidates what their policy is around this legislation. Suggest three actions that need to happen urgently â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a transparent review with BMMTUBLFIPMEFSTBOBNFOENFOUXIJDIMJNJUT the detention period to the length of time a person would have served had they been GPVOEHVJMUZBOEUIFCVJMEJOHPGBEFDMBSFE place. These forgotten people and their families desperately need your support. ED: Ms Margaret Doherty is convenor of community action group Mental Health Matters 2. She is a member of the Mental Health Advisory Council. O

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Feature by releasing a healthy cohort back into the community it can have the flow-on effect of reducing the overall burden on the public health system.

Walking the Line A Medical Balance Act Many of our prison population are plagued with chronic ill-health and for the doctors working in the system it's an opportunity to change lives. It may not be regarded as the sexiest end of the medical spectrum but for Dr Cherelle Fitzclarence, the Deputy Director Prison Health Services, prison medicine combines great challenges and wonderful rewards. Patient demands within a custodial environment are highly specific and differ significantly from those in the wider community. It's an area of great need in a unique context and the primary focus is always on the health of the individual patient. Medical Forum sat in on a number of consultations at Casuarina Prison and witnessed the delicate juggling act between UIFFYJHFODJFTPGBQSJTPOFOWJSPONFOUBOE practical outcomes. The prison muster was BQQSPYJNBUFMZPOUIFEBZPGPVSWJTJU "I have great empathy for the disadvantaged in our community. I have a great passion for "CPSJHJOBMIFBMUIBOEBSFBMCFMJFGJOQSJTPO medicine as a viable and rewarding career choice. When I first started in the prison system, there was an attitude that you only did prison medicine if you couldn't get a job anywhere else," Cherelle said. "Prison doctors were, and still are to TPNFFYUFOU MPPLFEEPXOVQPO CVUXFhSF changing that slowly." 5IFSFBSF$PSSFDUJPOBM$FOUSFTJO8"  NBOZPGUIFNJOSFHJPOBMBSFBT"TGBSBT the patients are concerned there are some DPOUFYUVBMEFNBOETUIBUOFFEUPCFUBLFO into consideration. "The first time I see a patient I say, 'Hello, I'm Dr Cherelle and thank you for coming to see me.' When they walk through medicalforum

the door it's a normal doctor-patient interaction. I don't care that they're prison JONBUFT*UhTFYBDUMZUIFTBNFBTJGUIFZXFSF coming to see me out there in GP land. I have no idea why a particular person is in prison and unless it's relevant I don't even look. My focus is on giving each patient a better future." *OJUJBMMZ XFhMMEPBOFYUFOTJWFQBUJFOU BTTFTTNFOUBOEFYBNJOBUJPOBOEXFVTF UIF"CPSJHJOBM.FEJDBM4FSWJDFNPEFM to intervene early and screen for chronic disease and blood-borne viruses. It's very much about 'opportunistic medicine'. Issues such as smoking, alcohol, mental health, counselling and CBT for behavioural issues can be properly addressed for the first time. "QSJTPOTFOUFODFNJHIUTFFNUPCFUIFFOE of the world but, from a health perspective, it gives us a chance to turn lives around." Prison Health is funded from within UIF$PSSFDUJWF4FSWJDFTCVEHFUBOE8"hT current allocation is less than all the other states. The current Prison Health Services #VEHFUJTKVTUPWFSN$IFSFMMFPVUMJOFT a case study that reinforces the point that

"We had one guy who was on a plethora of medications, they weren't working too well and he was grumpy and aggressive with the staff. We had a good discussion about issues, helped him understand the connections between behaviour, diet, and compliance with his treatment plan. We followed up with tele-health consultations and now he's got his diabetes under control, lost 30kg and he's stopped smoking. He's turned his life around." *OBQSJTPODPOUFYUXFhWFHPUCPUIUJNF and structure. We're in a position where we can educate people and we've moved from applying a band-aid solution to making really valuable long-term health interventions." The prison population is, quite literally, a captive patient cohort. However, a disproportionate number of them are indigenous and this effectively makes the QSJTPOTZTUFNUIFMBSHFTU"CPSJHJOBMIFBMUI TFSWJDFJO8" "The cultural issues can be tricky but I've XPSLFEFYUFOTJWFMZJOUIF,JNCFSMFZBOE they know me well. In many cases I've looked after one of their relatives on dialysis and that interaction is both rewarding BOECFOFGJDJBMCFDBVTFXJUIJO"CPSJHJOBM culture familiarity and continuity is important. Most people are very forgiving when they know you're trying to do their best for them." Cherelle is a firm believer that prison medicine is a valid and rewarding career path. "The ideal prison doctor is someone who doesn't judge and actually wants to be there. You can make a difference. I'm well aware of the security issues, I've never felt frightened and I've only ever asked one person to leave the surgery." "Prison health sites are approved for registrar positions and we have overseas-trained doctors in the system. To be effective you need to have a wide knowledge base, enjoy being challenged and proactive about the practice of best-evidence medicine." O

By Mr Peter McClelland

FACTS: WA Prison Health Service t 5IFDVSSFOUCVEHFUGPSUIFTFSWJDFJTN t 5IFSFBSF$PSSFDUJPOBM$FOUSFTJO8" t "DDPSEJOHUPUIFMBTUBOOVBMSFQPSU<> UIFQSJTPOQPQVMBUJPOSBOHFEGSPNJO"VHVTU JODSFBTJOHUPBSFDPSEIJHIPGJO+VOF t 5IFEBJMZBWFSBHFQSJTPOQPQVMBUJPOGPSJODSFBTFECZDPNQBSFEUPUIFTBNF QFSJPEUIFQSFWJPVTZFBS VQGSPNUPQSJTPOFST t QSJTPOFST PSPGUIFQSJTPOQPQVMBUJPOPOSFNBOE t "CPSJHJOBMQFPQMFJODVTUPEZ<>DPNQBSFEXJUI<>OPO"CPSJHJOBMQSJTPOFST Source: WA Corrective Services Annual Report 2011-12

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Patient Tracking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Who's Responsible?

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A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision confirmed that a corporate medical practice owes a duty to keep accurate and up-to-date records. What are the relative responsibilities of doctors and practices in these circumstances, and could future service contracts negate this ruling? Ms Morag Smith, Avant's Senior Solicitor, answers the question for Medical Forum.

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In the case of Idameneo (No 123) 1UZ-UEW%S(SPTT1 the NSW Court PG"QQFBMDPOGJSNFEUIBUQSBDUJDF companies owe a duty to maintain accurate records.

Background CS issued proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW2 against three doctors and the NFEJDBMQSBDUJDFBGUFSIFBDRVJSFE)*7GSPN IJTTFYVBMQBSUOFS -# XIPIBEBUUFOEFE the practice and requested an STD screen. Due to an out-of-date address on her patient GJMF -#EJEOPUSFDFJWFBMFUUFSBTLJOHIFSUP attend for further testing. 8IFO-#EJESFUVSOUPUIFQSBDUJDF TIF consulted a different doctor from her first visit. That doctor informed her that all her SFTVMUTXFSFDMFBSFYDFQUGPSDBOEJEB#BTFE POUIJTBEWJDF -#IBEVOQSPUFDUFETFYXJUI $4 XIPDPOUSBDUFE)*7 "OPVUPGDPVSUTFUUMFNFOUXBTSFBDIFE between the doctors and CS.

The doctors then made a claim against the practice company requiring it to contribute to the damages paid to CS on the basis that the practice breached its duty to keep up-todate and accurate records. The Supreme Court found that the practice was 40% liable for the damages paid to CS on the basis of its failure to keep accurate records. 5IFQSBDUJDFBQQFBMFEUPUIF$PVSUPG"QQFBM but was unsuccessful. In finding that the practice owed a duty of DBSFUP$4 UIF$PVSUPG"QQFBMSFMJFEPO the fact that, contrary to the traditional set-up, the doctors at the practice did not "own" the medical records, the practice did. The practice company was responsible for maintaining the premises, staff and administrative services, which includes patient contact details. Based on the contractual agreement the Court found that there was a division of responsibilities between the practice that relieved the doctors of the responsibility

and liability for administrative matters including ensuring that patient records and contact details were kept up-to-date.

Could a practice company contract out of this duty?

QMs Morag Smith

There is nothing to stop a practice company amending their contract with medical practitioners to widen the indemnity clause and shift responsibility for maintaining records onto doctors. It is therefore important to obtain independent legal advice on all aspects of the contract before signing. O References: 1. Idameneo (No 123) Pty Ltd v Dr Gross [2012] NSWCA 423 2. CS v Biedrzycka [2011] NSWSC 1213

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Doctor Information Scramble Keeping personal information current is crucial in all walks of life. Dr Rob McEvoy takes a look at doctor data use. t *OGPSNBUJPOGSPNUIFMedical Journal of Australia subscribers.

Medical Forum maintains a comprehensive list of WA doctors, both GPs and Specialists, to allow us to communicate with the WA medical community and to post every doctor their free copy of the magazine. Times are changing. More young doctors are requesting electronic versions of each edition. Another trend is towards more control over how personal information is used â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we now have an array of check-boxes on our database to account for those who prefer no e-poll, want delivery to a home address, have a secondary email, etc. And heaven help us if we get it wrong! Doctor information has commercial and strategic value and there are a lot of lists being maintained by different people, some more up-to-date than others. Maintaining list currency is a big job, given mobile doctors. In this electronic age, communication lists are big business, even after implementing the protections in place for consumers. The GFEFSBM"."PXOFE"VTUSBMBTJBO.FEJDBM 1VCMJTIJOH$PNQBOZ ".1$P NBEFN last financial year from providing data and from subscriptions.

For those who lease their data, approved campaigns via email or post can target doctors according to age, gender, discipline, sub-specialisation, number of patients seen each day, languages spoken, non-medical interests, metro/rural and more.

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Data Trouble: Find A Doctor This story highlights the importance of currency in data management. The website (http://amafindadoctor.com. au) and coinciding iPhone application were launched Christmas 2010 by UIF2VFFOTMBOE"."CSBODIVTJOH EBUBGSPN".1$P UIFGFEFSBM"."hT publishing and database company. The iPhone application is no orphan. It is designed to put health consumers in touch XJUIB(1hTQSBDUJDF "."NFNCFSTPOMZ o just key in the suburb or doctor's name, along with the State. Responding to a comment that data appeared out-of-date, we took a random sample in May 2012 of 77 rural and urban doctors listed POUIF'JOE"%PDUPSXFCTJUF XIJDIESBXT on the same data as the iPhone application, BOETQPLFUP8"EPDUPSTBOEDPOGJSNFE another 18 doctors' details from practice staff "VHVTU4FQUFNCFS  What we found: t  PG EPDUPSTXFSFBXBSFUIFJSOBNF BOEQSBDUJDFXBTMJTUFEPOUIF"."2 iPhone application. medicalforum

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Public Health

Alcohol in the Spotlight You will be hearing a lot more about the health risks of alcohol as the public health campaign to reduce binge drinking, especially among young people, steps up a gear. Now that the silly season is done and dusted and the country has returned to work, it seems the hangover of all that DIFFSJTMJOHFSJOH-BTUZFBSNBSLFEB turning point in the campaign to put alcohol in the health headlights and it's heating up. 5IFMBUFTU)%8")FBMUI1SPNPUJPO4USBUFHZ 2012-2016 states that in 2010, 77% of West "VTUSBMJBOTBHFEESJOLBMDPIPM)BMGPG this number said they drank at levels that put their health at high risk of harm from an alcohol-related disease over their lifetime, and 23% consumed alcohol at levels that put their health at high risk for an alcohol-related injury from a single occasion of drinking. Males were more likely to drink at levels which placed them at risk of lifetime harm than females who drank (60% compared with 39%) though high-risk drinking behaviours declined with age for both men and women. While sobering, the figures are no surprise. They are reflected in our news diet, especially over a weekend and particularly over summer, TUBSUJOHXJUI-FBWFSTDFMFCSBUJPOToXIJDI brings us to the issue of under-age drinking. 5IF)%8"SFQPSUTBZTDIJMESFOBSFJOJUJBUFE into a culture of drunkenness at an early age. In 2008, a third of current drinkers aged BOEBHFESFQPSUFEUIBUUIFZ drank alcohol with the aim of getting drunk. "MBUFSTFUPGGJHVSFTTFUTUIFOVNCFSMPXFS  but it still concerns public health advocates. Child health campaigner Prof Fiona Stanley

and public health campaigner Prof Mike Daube have been instrumental in the formation PGUIF"MDPIPM "EWFSUJTJOH Review Board, an initiative of the QProf Mike Daube McCusker Centre GPS"DUJPOPO "MDPIPMBOE:PVUI .$"": BOE$BODFS $PVODJM8"

It's not the job of the science to tell you what you want to hear. Kids should not be drinking under the age of 18. 5IF"."hTWPJDFIBTBMTPKPJOFEUIFUISPOH In September it co-hosted a national summit JO$BOCFSSBXJUIUIF/BUJPOBM"MMJBODFGPS "DUJPOPO"MDPIPM /""" UPSBJTFBXBSFOFTT of alcohol marketing to young people. The /"""JTDPDIBJSFECZ.JLF%BVCFBOE JODMVEFT1SPG4UFWF"MMTPQ IFBEPGUIF National Drug Research Institute at Curtin 6OJWFSTJUZ BOE"."WJDFQSFTJEFOU %S(FPGG %PCC POUIFFYFDVUJWFDPNNJUUFFBMPOHXJUI public health campaigners from other states. 5IF/"""IBTNFNCFSPSHBOJTBUJPOT *OJUTTUBUFNFOU UIF"."TBJEVSHFOU changes were needed to advertising standards

because "industry self-regulation was deeply ineffective and had failed". :PVOHQFPQMFJO"VTUSBMJBBSFSFHVMBSMZ FYQPTFEUPBMDPIPMNBSLFUJOHJOUIF USBEJUJPOBMDPOUFYUTPGUFMFWJTJPO SBEJP QSJOU and billboard media, and also increasingly in new platforms for marketing and promotion through digital technologies and new social media such as Facebook and Twitter," the "."TBJE:PVOHQFPQMFBMTPSPVUJOFMZ encounter alcohol promotion and sponsorship as a feature of music and sporting events where it is presented as a normalised part of being healthy and having fun." Speaking to Medical Forum, Prof Mike Daube said this culture of binge drinking and drinking to get drunk was something that had crept up on us, a bit like obesity. "Over the past couple of decades there's been a gradual change in the role alcohol plays in our culture. There are a number of mitigating factors contributing to that. We are becoming BNPSFBGGMVFOUTPDJFUZZPVOHQFPQMFIBWF much more freedom than the previous HFOFSBUJPOTUIFZIBWFNPOFZBOEUIFSFhT greater access to alcohol than ever before." "MDPIPMIBTBMTPCFFONPSFIFBWJMZ promoted than ever before and the range of products is vast which makes consuming alcohol more attractive, particularly to young QFPQMF"MMUIJTJTIBQQFOJOHJOUIFBCTFODFPG action to curb possible growing problems." Some of the terrain of this new focus is

Shock Tactics Misleading -BTUZFBS UIF Cancer Council PG"VTUSBMJB launched an advertising campaign which pulled no punches â&#x20AC;&#x201C; alcohol is a QProf Peter Thompson carcinogen was the unadorned message. The advertisements employed shock tactics not dissimilar to previous public health campaigns against smoking BOE)*7 In one advertisement a glass of red wine is spilled and as the wine spreads on the white tablecloth it is implied by the voiceover that alcohol travels through the body mutating cells along the way, with the punchline: "those mutated cells are cancer". While the campaign of three commercials 24

XBTTIPSUMJWFEPOPVS57TDSFFOT JUEJE cause ripples, which Prof Mike Daube says was "no bad thing". *UIPVHIUJUXBTBHPPEDBNQBJHOJUXBT quite forceful and stirred people up a bit. It certainly stirred the alcohol industry up. I'm familiar in public health with something referred to as the scream test â&#x20AC;&#x201C; brewers, EJTUJMMFST XJOFNBLFST UIF")" JGUIFZhSF unhappy you are probably on the right track." Cardiologist Prof Peter Thompson was one who thought the shock tactics were misleading. Peter who works at SCGH as well as in private practice, also owns a winery in the Margaret River region. "I think the campaign was not totally evidence based. It is true that some cancers BSFBTTPDJBUFEXJUIBMDPIPMFYDFTTCVUUP imply that whenever you take a sip of alcohol it goes to your tissues and causes cancer, which was the gist of the ads, I thought that was inappropriate."

"The cancers which are definitely caused by alcohol are cancers of the throat and stomach, possibly the bowel, especially in smokers, and there's some evidence of a slight increased risk of female smokers getting breast cancer but the evidence for that is based on associations with observational studies. The evidence is not secure enough in my view to run a big advertising campaign and frighten people out of their wits." "I'm not accusing the cancer council of running a totally non-evidence campaign but their emphasis is what I'm concerned about. They didn't mention that there are some benefits on the heart, which are pretty well documented." Peter said he thought what was driving all these campaigns was binge drinking. "I'm fully supportive of campaigns to educate youngsters on the dangers of binge drinking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I appreciate that it's a difficult social message to get across. But those campaigns in my view medicalforum


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familiar for the man who became recognised internationally as a leading campaigner against Big Tobacco. "We got our act together on smoking 30 years ago and we've seen some pretty good action â&#x20AC;Ś now we are getting our act together with alcohol." He said the McCusker Centre was about generating a coalition and a consensus that would result in change. "I've been asked if the campaign to curb alcohol is easier or more difficult than the tobacco campaign and I say they're different. It's important to stress that alcohol and tobacco are different. The fight with Tobacco was black and white â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the industry is downright evil." "Unlike tobacco, alcohol is immediate. You can see the effect of alcohol abuse and it becomes a law enforcement issue as well as a health issue. What alcohol and tobacco have in common is the need for a consensus approach. What is hugely different is that we want to see the end of tobacco but we don't want to see the end of alcohol. I certainly don't want to see the end of my malt whisky this evening." Mike said that everyone had a role to play to curb under-age binge drinking. "Parents have a role to play but being a parent

isn't always easy. Parents may not have had UIFHVJEBODFUIFZNJHIUIBWFIBEPOUIJT the school system hasn't helped. There is no mandatory drug and alcohol education in schools. Parents thought it was OK to give kids a sip here and there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now there is growing evidence of alcohol and brain damage, so that is not the way to go." "I think we've been a bit shy presenting the evidence the way it is. It's not the job of the science to tell you what you want to hear. Kids should not be drinking under the age of 18. People have been pussyfooting around these issues. I don't think there's anything inconsistent in saying I enjoy a drink as an adult, but that it's not appropriate for kids. That said, I don't enjoy a drink and then get in my car and drive. I think we have to look at our own behaviour." Mike is optimistic that the fight against FYDFTTJWFBMDPIPMVTFXJMMCFRVJDLFSUIBO the fight against tobacco because "firstly the DPODFSOJTUIFSF FTQFDJBMMZBNPOHQBSFOUT secondly, the impact of alcohol abuse is so FWJEFOUUIJSEMZ XFLOPXXIBUUPEPoXF have superb research which tells us what to EPGPVSUIMZ UIFBMDPIPMJOEVTUSZJTTPCMBUBOU in its promotion that it's stirring people up in the other direction." "OEUIFSFJTNVDIXPSLGPSUIFHPWFSONFOU to get on with. Education in schools is a

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start. He would also like to see more controls over access of alcohol â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from point of sale to secondary supply to minors. "People think police have those powers, but they don't. If we give them the power, we might get some decent enforcement." 5IFHPWFSONFOUTIPVMEFMJNJOBUFNJYFE messages, where the Health Department is saying one thing regarding the harm of alcohol, and the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Sports Minister are actively supporting alcohol sponsorship in sport. "There's not one magic bullet. People used to say to me 'what's the one thing you can do', well the one thing you can do is have a comprehensive approach and you make sure you have a consensus on evidence-based action and then bluntly raise the temperature. You keep making sure the issue is in the public eye and what can be done about it." O

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Kill You, or Cure You should not translate into criticising people who want to have an enjoyable, high quality consumption of low amounts of alcohol." "How you deal with that is a very subtle social question but the answer is surely not to be putting the fear of god into everybody about consuming small amounts of alcohol, which are arguably beneficial on the heart." "When I say arguably, I don't think the case is closed at all. There's a lot of debate, criticism, uncertainty and inaccuracy about alcohol's relationship to the heart and if I can concede that, the cancer council should concede the same in relation to the evidence about cancer." ED: In September the Winemakers Federation urged wine makers to caution pregnant women on their wine labels about the hazards of drinking alcohol on their unborn child. O

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Election 2013

Driving the Public Health Debate The forum at Floreat was promoted as an opportunity for major parties to present their public health policies before the WA Election and answer questions.

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Research: We are behind other states in our investment in medical research, making it less competitive for specialist clinicians.

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Past record: Highlighted tobacco control legislation and the Reid Review blueprint for reform, which the Barnett Government has followed.

Funding: Has introduced activity-based funding in governing councils, and a robust health budget that is activity based and responds to increasing demands. There is 6-8% growth across the whole system, not just EDs or other clinical services.

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Giz Watson.-$ (SFFOT8" TBJE)FBMUIXBTPOFPGUISFF shadow portfolios she holds. "If we are going to make a difference in UIJTBSFB<QSFWFOUJWFIFBMUI> BOECFTVSFUIFNPOFZJTXFMMTQFOUPO UIFFWFSFYQBOEJOHEFNBOET XFIBWFUPTIJGUUIFEFCBUFBXBZGSPN MBXBOEPSEFS<y>XFLOPXUIFMPOHUFSNJTTVFTBSFBCPVULFFQJOH people healthy and promoting wellbeing." The Greens' emphasis was on getting cross party support for healthy initiatives and making connections between social determinants in the community.

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Preventive health:"CPSJHJOBMIFBMUIDBSFSFRVJSFTDIBOHFTJO housing, education and justice systems. "I have been trying to get DSPTTQBSUZTVQQPSUGPSNJEEMFFBSJOGFDUJPOTJO"CPSJHJOBMDIJMESFO where repercussions go right through the community. If you can't hear you can't learn and you have a permanent disability. 80% PG"CPSJHJOBMQSJTPOFSTJO%BSXJOQSJTPOIBEQSPGPVOEIFBSJOH disability. If you have poor health outcomes you are going to transfer costs to the justice system." She acknowledged the role of Janet Woollard in pushing tobacco control legislation, coupled with the Greens efforts in the Upper House. Public health: Debate needs to be around substance abuse both BMDPIPMBOEPUIFSESVHT"UUJUVEFTUPBMDPIPMOFFEUPDIBOHF she called for restrictions on alcohol advertising and urged other QPMJUJDBMQBSUJFTUPVODPVQMFGSPNBOZ")"EPOBUJPOT%PDUPSTOFFE CFUUFSUSBJOJOHUPSFDPHOJTF"MDPIPM4QFDUSVN%JTPSEFS8FMDPNFE the debate on public transport, for which the Greens have been MPCCZJOHGPSEFDBEFTUIFQVCMJDOFFENPSFFODPVSBHFNFOUUPXBML or cycle safely, to tackling obesity and mental health. Funding:"TDIBJSPGUIF4UBOEJOH$PNNJUUFFPO'JOBODJBM Operations she looks at the value for money in provision of public health (e.g. Peel Health Campus). Rural and remote:4BJEJOJUJBUJWFTUPGJYUIFFOWJSPONFOU TVDIBT salt problems, required only small funding yet gave cohesion to rural communities. Public dental health: They would continue to lobby at the national level. O (1) The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (WA), Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Australian Health Promotion Association, Australian Medical Association (WA), Cancer Council WA, Diabetes WA, Environmental Health Australia (WA), Heart Foundation (WA), Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Public Health Association of Australia, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition.

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E-Poll

Youth Alcohol & Election Priorities 328 doctors, GPs, Specialists and DITs (we don't know proportions because we forgot to ask!) responded within the sixday timeframe. That's from 428 people who clicked through to the survey, so thanks to everyone who stuck with it for five minutes! Winner of our wine pack was Dr JK. The results on Euthanasia and Eating Disorders we are holding over until our April Women's Health edition.

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Do you believe excessive alcohol consumption by younger people is something society should deal with through measures involving [multiple choice]? Education at school ................................... 87% Family education on parenting and values.................................................... 87% Public health ............................................... 79% -BXBOEPSEFS.............................................  Uncertain ...................................................  Nil â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not a problem ......................................1%

Other (see comments below). .....................6%

EBOHFSPVT*OUIBUDPOUFYU XIZOPUIBWF a drinking card like a driving card, and antisocial behaviour leads to banning from public drinking establishments?" "More role models and greater opportunities for young people to enjoy their lives (social justice, employment and training opportunities, respect, etc)." 5IJTJTBDPNQMFY FOUSFODIFEQSPCMFN that needs all areas of influence to help initiate change. Coordination of these measures is essential." "Commence an alcohol education program similar to the successful anti-smoking campaign. "Why does the health industry advocate alcohol consumption when we see such damage from it in our practices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a wine prize every edition of the magazine has references to doctors drinking alcohol. 1FSIBQTXFTIPVMEUSZBOEMFBECZFYBNQMF One doctor suggested there needed to be more opportunities for teenagers to have fun without alcohol while another thought it might help if the older generation set a CFUUFSFYBNQMF

Comments While survey results pointed to educating young people as the top priority in our QPMM EPDUPSTQSPWJEFEVTFGVMBEEJUJPOBM comment. Here's a sample.

<SFTQPOEFOUT> Mental health was chosen by 12 doctors. Comments pointed to more funding, more staff, access, direct referral by GPs, youth services and community services, as well as: "Improved funding for inpatient facilities to accommodate acute, subacute, maintenance and relapse prevention care, and specifically to reinstate psychiatrists BTDMJOJDBMMFBEFSTJOUIFTFTFSWJDFTUP actively re-establish psychiatrists as clinical leaders in child and adolescent psychiatric services with improved funding resources for new inpatient facilities and associated community child and adolescent mental health services." General practice issues included allowing GPs greater use of skills, improved STI services and bowel ca screening, scrapping 'plans' and 'check ups' and increasing GP fee-for-service, health care closer to/in home, and increasing affordable aged care places. PreventionJODMVEFEUBYJOHUIFIFMMPVU of cigarettes, adding a train carriage for free transport of people with bicycles (as JO4XFEFO UBYUIFIFMMPVUJGOVUSJUJPOMFTT snack foods and fizzy drinks and subsidise fruit and veg, etc." Funding included increased "FTE public medical positions instead of funding other non-essential plans e.g. Elizabeth Quay". One doctor suggested succession was the answer, given the 24% population increase in 10 years, failing public infrastructure BOEQFSTPOOFM BOE/48BOE7*$ stealing funds.

"Raise the drinking age to 21 and stop all alcohol advertising before 9pm and during all sporting events" and "Restrict times and places for sale of alcohol and restrict advertising" and raising the price of alcohol was popular with a few. "Stricter laws to hold parents responsible for the safety of their children." "This is an issue that relates to personal character and social conduct. It is best addressed by role models setting DPNNVOJUZTUBOEBSETPGXIJDIOFJUIFS social workers, nor Mike Daube have an understanding."

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"Public education and ongoing government funding for research into the impact of alcohol and psychoactive substances on the developing brain, the psychiatric and general medical complications when alcohol and psychoactive substance use are started in adolescence, and the burden of care emanating from the impact."

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Healthy eating. ........................................... 

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Heading into a State Election, which of these health areas should be given priority by our elected representatives [choose up to FIVE]?

Improved rural or remote health services ............................................ 60%

Public hospital waiting times and access to hospital services ................  1SPNPUJPOPGFYFSDJTFUISPVHI town planning and support of consumer groups ....................................... 47% Restriction of marketing of sugary drinks to children. ........................ 38% .FEJDBMEJTFBTFSFTFBSDIJO8" ............ 30%

Rural emphasis included "increase in 1"54UPBSFBMJTUJDQFSDFOUBHFPGUSBWFM costs" and more "specialist rural outpatient clinics", as well as more drug and alcohol services, a SIHI equivalent up north, and a "school doctor service to screen and initiate management of childhood obesity, vision, hearing and developmental problems". Training positions were requested GPSJOUFSOTBOE8#"GPS*.(TCZUXP respondents, with another suggesting more rural GP training. Aboriginal health assistance to GPs working in this area was only suggested by one doctor. Hospitals featured in political promises of "magic hospitals to everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perhaps they should just deliver on the promises of previous elections", then communityhospital integration was considered important by one doctor, while two wanted RPH kept open. O

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NBYJNVNUFNQFSBUVSFTBUMFBTUPODFFWFSZ business day. The use of an uninterruptible powers supply (UPS) would help to prevent the possibility of a Cold Chain breach and the technology boffins have come up with 60litre portable units with an automatic UPS that lasts up to four days or a UPS to attach to your normal

vaccine fridge that can power it for between GPVSUPFJHIUIPVST5IFOFYURVFTUJPOJTXIBU are the most common power outage intervals in your area and will there be savings on insurance and vaccine replacement that recoup the UPS investment? %S"NJOEFS4JOHIGSPNUIF)JHIDMFSF Family Medical Practice in Marangaroo is another true believer in the benefits of solar power. He recently installed a system valued BUBSPVOE UIBUHFOFSBUFTCFUXFFO VOJUTPGFMFDUSJDJUZFWFSZEBZ 8FhWFHPUTJYDPOTVMUJOHSPPNTTPUIFQPXFS bills at the surgery are very high and we wanted to contribute to the green energy environmental equation. We produce the solar energy during the day and it's used the TBNFEBZ8FFYQFDUUPTBWFCFUXFFO on our power bills. The system will have paid for itself in five years, so it's a good long-term JOWFTUNFOU "NJOEFSTBJE He is also keeping an eye on back-up TZTUFNTGPSUIFTVSHFSZhTWBDDJOFGSJEHF"U the moment they are not cheap â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they can BDUVBMMZCFNPSFFYQFOTJWFUIBOBGVMMZ installed solar system, depending on the power outage period you want to cover. "The initial motivating factor for us was conserving energy and reducing our power bill, so the issue of a back-up for the vaccine GSJEHFNBZXFMMCFUIFOFYUTUFQGPSVT* think installing solar power is a worthwhile step for medical centres, particularly those in the medium to large category." O By Mr Peter McClelland

Dr Ian Anderson Send-Off "GUFSBOBTTPDJBUJPOTQBOOJOHNPSF than 30 years, 21 of these operating at the Eye Surgery Foundation (ESF), %S*BO"OEFSTPOXBTGBSFXFMMFECZ colleagues at a dinner held at Mosmans, upon his retirement. "GUFS&4'%JSFDUPS%S"OESFX4UFXBSU greeted more than 120 guests, Dr Philip House entertained with anecdotes of %S"OEFSTPOhTTDIPPMEBZTUISPVHIUP his professional career. In response, Ian recalled cataract surgery in the 1980s that involved lens removal through large incisions, at great cost to the patient.

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The introduction of Phaco surgery with smaller incisions and local anaesthetic techniques made Ophthalmic Day Surgery feasible, with added cost benefits.

%S"OEFSTPOBDLOPXMFEHFEIJTXPSLXJUI %ST(FPGGSFZ.PSMFU "OESFX4UFXBSU 1IJM )PVTF 3PTT-JUUMFXPPEBOE(SBIBN'VSOFTT He spoke of Helen Smith who ran the IPTQJUBM LOPXOUISPVHIPVU"VTUSBMJBBTB DFOUSFPGFYDFMMFODF UIF&UIJDT$PNNJUUFF and the staff he had worked with. He mentioned the formation of the charity, which has now distributed more than $1m to ophthalmic research, education and overseas projects. While retired from practice, Ian's association with the Eye Surgery Foundation remains special to him. O

Q(Far right image inset) Ross Littlewood is flanked by Marissa and Roger Raymond.

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Training

Inspiring Others to Aboriginal Health By supporting young doctors in the bush, Prof David Atkinson is making a huge difference to Aboriginal health. 1SPG%BWJE"ULJOTPOJT.FEJDBM &EVDBUPSXJUIUIF,JNCFSMFZ"CPSJHJOBM Medical Services Council. He moved to Broome from Perth some years ago and has supported medical students, prevocational doctors and registrars throughout their training. He keeps a personal eye on general practice trainees as a way of keeping them interested JO"CPSJHJOBMIFBMUIBGUFSUIFZMFBWF)F is also pragmatic about what works in attracting doctors to the bush. "Practices used to flog registrars in rural and remote settings to make them pay. Then the government paid the registrars' wages, which was a critical change. Money's one thing but you also have to keep people happy with project supervision and try and address the registrar's needs. If they are happy they tell others, and things build by word of mouth," he said. This personal support is what carries the EBZ"OEIFJTOPUBMPOF"OVNCFSPG FYQFSJFODFE(1TIBWFQVMMFEVQTUVNQTUP move north, or as he put it: "Doctors our age want to do something different in life and make a difference". 8JUI"CPSJHJOBMIFBMUIXPSLFSTBOEOVSTFT KPJOJOH"(15BOE"CPSJHJOBMNFEJDBM services, private practices and district hospitals accredited for PGPP placements, he has bolstered much needed medical services for the local community. "Some registrars are overwhelmed with the health burdens but if you talk them through

Q Prof David Atkinson

it, they go away less disgruntled. They have someone to go to if they have a problem. "GBJSOVNCFSPGPVSGPSNFSSFHJTUSBSTEP "CPSJHJOBMIFBMUI XIJDIJODMVEFTQSJWBUF health in the city." )FTBJE"CPSJHJOBMIFBMUIDBQUVSFTUIF interest of younger doctors who might get bored with seeing middle class 'white people' and what appears to be their mundane problems. "MPUPG(1TXBOUUIBUWBSJFUZBOEXF give them that opportunity. You have the MJGFTUZMFBUUSBDUJPOT<PGUIF,JNCFSMFZ>CVU you have them anywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you develop a relationship with the patients you can really NBLFBEJGGFSFODF IFFYQMBJOFE BEEJOHUIBU making a significant difference to one person in 10 in the Kimberley means a doctor might

impact on health in a way they might never achieve in the city. "Compliance is an issue in health and "CPSJHJOBMQFPQMFUFOEUPCFNPSFUSVUIGVM about their treatment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at least you know they are not taking it, which is another challenge. There are also different cultural attitudes to ill health, which challenge younger doctors to sort out how they can make a difference." He said that searching for solutions makes them better doctors for all patient encounters that follow. "Because they are dealing with people across cultures they learn that if they can deal with them, everybody else is a piece of cake. They build their confidence." O

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Guest Column

How Valid is Revalidation? Dr Will Thornton wants some answers before general practice is plunged headlong into revalidation.

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evalidation is the most significant current issue for GPs and yet it receives only cursory discussion, which is surprising when one considers the impact it will have on general practice. Just speak to a UK colleague to see the full effect of a revalidation program! The important question is why introduce revalidation? In the UK the spectre of a Shipman murdering patients created a professional need to respond to community outcry. However, I think locals would agree that revalidation does not prevent this sort of tragedy. If, as the UK GP College President believes, that revalidation is a way of demonstrating to the public that doctors are up-todate and safe to practise, then I would strongly argue that it is a poor rationale for JOUSPEVDJOHBDPNQMFY DPTUMZBOEMBCPSJPVT process. I would agree with political medical editor Paul Smith that inspiring public confidence and ensuring public safety are two different endpoints and they require two different processes.

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"SFDFOUTVSWFZCZAustralian Doctor [www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/latestOFXTEPDUPSTEJWJEFEPOSFWBMJEBUJPO> with 340 respondents showed that only 20% believed in regular competency checks and indeed were more in favour of target checks for high-risk doctors. I think the Medical Board approach of it being consistently applied is both more equitable and appropriate. So considering the pragmatics, there a few questions that need to be answered. Who will be "the responsible officer" and do the peer review? It will mean diverting an already stretched workforce, especially with GPs involved in medical education, and if it is led by non-clinicians it has the potential of not being respected and simply consigned to another level of bureaucracy. "MFTTUIBOSPCVTUQSPDFTTXPVMECFBXBTUF of everyone's time, so it will need to be a process that can be administered to the  "VTUSBMJBO(1T How will we afford this process? It will not be a cheap to create, roll-out or administer, so significant funds need to be allocated. I XPOEFSXIPXJMMDBSSZUIBUCVSEFO "OE in terms of practitioner time, assuming our average GP to be earning a percentage of billings, how will the lost days of seeing patients be reimbursed?

How frequently will this process occur, and who will audit it? There are toolkits available, but they change almost annually and often need to be bespoke. Three or fiveyearly audits are often adopted but without any specific evidence for the rationale. 4PXIBUJTUIF"VTUSBMJBOTPMVUJPOGPS revalidation and a formalised process of clinical governance for GPs? Do we blindly follow the UK procedure seemingly like /FX;FBMBOE 1BSUJDVMBSMZCFBSJOHJONJOE that we are yet to know whether there is any evidence that this process achieves its objectives or that after one five-year cycle there is something positive to gain. Having gone through appraisals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a component of revalidation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a few times in UK, I can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the process. Significantly it is also dependent on the appraiser. My concern is that in the current environment, where there is a distinct lack of medical educators or others with this skill set, and that this paucity could weaken both the process, the uptake and indeed the genuine merit of the scheme. "TJUJTSPMMFEPVUJOUIF6, JUJTB significant issue in terms of personnel, cost, and opportunity cost. Seeing how it would fit into the private model of metro general practice and, indeed, resource-limited rural and remote areas is a challenge. O

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Lab Without Walls For pathologist Tim Inglis it's a case of, if the viruses don't come to you then you hit the dirt tracks of the Outback in search of them.

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Tim's got a track record of taking pathology POUIFSPBE)FBOEDPMMFBHVF"EBN .FSSJUUTFUVQ-BC8JUIPVU8BMMT XIJDI aims to bring the latest in pathology diagnosis to remote locations.

r Tim Inglis is a PathWest/ UWA clinical pathologist and one of the prime-movers behind not-for-profit organisation, Lab Without Walls. Thanks to a National Science Week grant he set off along the Gibb River Road in North West WA late last year accompanied by a mobile pathology lab. It's all part of an ongoing program that will see Arbovirus Vector research in the Kimberley and field laboratory support in Sri Lanka and Malaysia during 2013.

"In 2010 we ran our first field lab deployment to Dili in East Timor testing for TB, malaria and rapid confirmation of septicaemia. We were doing things that a medical clinic run on a charitable basis wouldn't be able to do and it was wonderful to be the first to do molecular TB work in that country."

"It's the first time we've taken one of these molecular devices on the road in "VTUSBMJB:PVhEOPSNBMMZGJOEJUJOB large diagnostic laboratory, not bumping along the Gibb River Road. We used it time and time again and it didn't miss a beat. If we ever have to respond to a disease PVUCSFBLBUBSFNPUFNJOFTJUFJO8" XF know we can do it. We've got the mining boom and more development on the Ord River so now's the time to be refining our ability to meet these disease challenges," Tim said.

*UhTCFFOBCVTZZFBSGPS-BC8JUIPVU Walls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we've had a total of eight QSPKFDUTJODMVEJOHTJYMBCEFQMPZNFOUT with everything from sending teaching microscopes to a district hospital in northern Malawi to testing for the usual TVTQFDUTPG5#BOENBMBSJBJO4SJ-BOLB Choosing a career path can be fraught with difficulties but Tim caught the science and pathology spark early on. He had some wonderful mentors who fanned the flame of both clinical contact and the importance of research.

"OEJUHPFTCFZPOEJOGFDUJPVTEJTFBTFT too. There are the broader issues of nutrition and mental health considerations linked with working in a tropical industrial environment." There is a distinct mismatch between the diagnostic resources in Perth compared with the remote, yet economically robust, northern part of the state. The research results from the Gibb River Road project have that disparity firmly in its sights.

It's the first time we've taken one of these molecular devices on the road in Australia. "The capabilities here in Perth for treating DPNQMFYUSPQJDBMEJTFBTFTBSFNVDINPSF TPQIJTUJDBUFEUIBOUIPTFVQOPSUI"OEXF need to remember that economically it's one of the most dynamic parts of the country. There's a little bit of enlightened self-interest here. I grew up in the country and I'm acutely aware of the differences between the city and the bush, but there's BQSPGFTTJPOBMFMFNFOUUPP&YDFQUGPSTPNF international travellers and FIFO workers we often don't see much of these diseases so it makes a lot of sense to investigate what's happening in these regions." medicalforum

QDr Tim Inglis mashing mosquitoes outside Broome Hospital

"OETPNFUJNFTZPVIBWFUPBDUVBMMZDIBTF these things because it's best to have a look at them where they're actually occurring, rather than just seeing patient samples and then sending people down on the RFDS." Sometimes there are sad stories behind those samples. Constable Ryan Marron, XIPDPOUSBDUFE.VSSBZ7BMMFZ&ODFQIBMJUJT .7& JO#BMHP JTPOFPGUIFN "It's a terrible disease and the fielddeployable component of this trip had a strong focus on arbovirus infections transmitted by mosquitoes. If the QPQVMBUJPOOVNCFSTJOOPSUIFSO"VTUSBMJB continue to grow we're definitely going to see a disease burden up there. The young policeman at Balgo is a particularly tragic case but it's by no means unique. There XBTBGMVSSZPG.7&BOE3PTT3JWFS7JSVT JO8"MBTUZFBS5IFMBUUFSDBOCFWFSZ distressing for the sufferer and hopefully there'll be a vaccine on the way."

"I had an inspirational biology teacher at school in Scotland but my interest in field work came from a botany professor and a OFVSPQBUIPMPHJTU"TBGJOBMZFBSTUVEFOU I worked in the pathology department at the University of Edinburgh on infectious diseases. In fact, they were focusing on what we now call Hepatitis B due to an outbreak in one of the renal units at Edinburgh Hospital. I went on to do my medical degree in Southampton and developed a strong and enduring interest in sepsis." With travel becoming easier, it is also NBLJOHEJTFBTFNBOBHFNFOUNPSFDPNQMFY and trickier for GPs on the frontline. "Travel medicine is becoming increasingly sophisticated and people are coming back XJUITPNFQSFUUZFYPUJDTUVGG0OFPGUIF most important skills for GPs is to know the best person to refer a patient to and also to remember that just because travel isn't hFYPUJDhEPFTOhUNFBOUIFSFBSFOhUSJTLTO

By Mr Peter McClelland ED: www.labwithoutwalls.org; Tim's Blog: micrognome.priobe.net

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CLINICAL UPDATE

MoM hip replacements. What are the issues?

By Prof Piers Yates, Orthopaedic Surgeon, UWA Murdoch and Fremantle Hospitals

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here is ongoing concern regarding metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacements, with regard to some unexpected high failure rates, and their local and systemic effects in the body. Although large numbers of patients are at risk and many are having problems, MoM hip resurfacing still offers excellent outcomes in properly selected patients.

Background MoM hip replacements were implanted FYUFOTJWFMZJOUIF6,JOUIFTBOE 1970s but results were unpredictable and they were abandoned. In the late 1980s, better manufacturing and design led to the reintroduction of standard sized bearings (28mm and 32mm) for Total Hip Replacements (THR) and large head MoM IJQT NN CFDBNFQPQVMBSJOUIFMBUF '90s following the renewed interest in hip resurfacing for the young active patient. Hip resurfacing is a special type of MoM IJQUIBUNBYJNBMMZQSFTFSWFTGFNPSBMCPOF  including the femoral neck. Development of this implant was driven by the poor results of conventional THR in the young ZFBST FTQFDJBMMZNBMFT)JQSFTVSGBDJOH offered a fast recovery, low wear and high function in highly demanding patients. Early problems related to errors in surgical technique and suboptimal patient selection, leading to neck fractures, neck thinning and groin pain. Nevertheless, the results with the original Birmingham hip were, BOETUJMMBSF FYDFMMFOUFTQFDJBMMZJO young, high-demand males with PTUFPBSUISJUJT 0"  Most implant manufacturers developed their own MoM hips, with about one million MoM hips implanted worldwide. By the mid 2000s, it was becoming clear that certain groups of patients were less suitable for these implants, including females, patients with femoral heads less than between 36 and 48mm, and people with significant deformity, hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis and inflammatory arthritis. It was also clear that the original design (Birmingham) was doing much better than all the newer implant designs, thought due to a number of factors including clearance between the bearing surfaces, the completeness of the hemisphere, the deformation of the cup, the TVSGBDFGJOJTIBOEUIFGJYBUJPO )JHIGBJMVSFSBUFTXJUIUIF"VTUSBMJBO EFTJHOFE"43GSPN%FQVZ JEFOUJGJFEFBSMZ POXJUIUIF"VTUSBMJBOIJQSFHJTUSZ IBTMFE to its withdrawal from the market, although NPSFUIBO IBECFFOJNQMBOUFE XPSMEXJEF"43SFWJTJPOSBUFTIBWFCFFOTP high, that the manufacturer has allocated $20 billion to pay for revision surgery (4400 "43SFDBMMTBSFDVSSFOUMZCFJOHEFBMUXJUI JO"VTUSBMJB 

severe bone and soft-tissue destruction "-7"- "3.% FUD 5IFSFIBWFBMTPCFFO concerns regarding the local and systemic effect of metal ions in the body, which are XJEFMZEJTUSJCVUFEJOUIFUJTTVFT7BSJPVT systemic symptoms have been linked to high ion levels such as tinnitus, fatigue, neurological disturbance and skin reactions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; difficult to prove but certainly do occur JOUIFNPTUFYUSFNFDBTFTXIFONFUBM JPOTBSFJOUIFT ONPM- 5IFSF is no evidence that MoM replacements predispose to cancer.

Current focus and surveillance The MoM implant combinations of most interest at present are conventional hip stems with large MoM heads, and hip resurfacing. Conventional THR with standard MoM head sizes (28-32mm) are in general doing well, although they have slightly higher revision rates than standard bearings (metal or ceramic heads on plastic liners). Hip resurfacing VTJOH#JSNJOHIBNBOE"EFQUDPOUJOVFUP IBWFFYDFMMFOUSFTVMUTJOQSPQFSMZTFMFDUFE QBUJFOUT NBMFTXJUI0"VOEFSZFBST  Conventional THR with large bearings

Assessment of MoM Hip Clinical; measure serum cobalt and chrome ion levels; x-ray AP pelvis and lateral hip

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Refer if: Rising ions; ion levels >135nmol/L; concern.

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Problem symptoms The problems relating directly to the MoM bearings are groin pain and soft tissue reactions to the bearing debris causing

NN BSFUIFCJHHFTUXPSSZ XJUI SFWJTJPOSBUFTVQUPJOTPNFTFSJFT and this is the biggest problem group in 8FTUFSO"VTUSBMJB FTQFDJBMMZ"43  Guidelines for surveillance and management of these patients has been published by several authorities including UIF"VTUSBMJBO0SUIPQBFEJD"TTPDJBUJPO  5IF#SJUJTI)JQ4PDJFUZ .)3" BOE 5(" BMUIPVHIUIJTJTFWPMWJOHBTOFX information becomes available. In particular, the significance of cobalt and chrome ion levels in the blood is debated. *POMFWFMTPGQQC ONPM-DPCBMU  ONPM-DISPNJVN BSFBTTPDJBUFEXJUI poorly performing implants but up to 10% of implants with ion levels above this figure are fine. Rising levels over time are likely to be much more significant than a single measurement. However, activity levels, bilateral implants, renal function, laboratory variations and other implants (esp knee replacement) can influence ion levels. Here are some pragmatic summary notes based on my interpretation of the current evidence (see flow chart).

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Revise if: progressive bone or soft tissue loss, or solid pseudotumour, even if BTZNQUPNBUJD JPOTVTVBMMZSBJTFE HSPJO pain and high ions or rising ions over threshold. Watch if: asymptomatic/minor discomfort BOEOPSNBMJPOT OPQTFVEPUVNPVST asymptomatic/minor discomfort and raised TUBCMFJPOMFWFMT SFWJFXXJUIYSBZBOEJPOT BUTJYNPOUIT  Surgical problems: solid pseudotumours OFFEUPCFFYDJTFEBTUIFZSFDVSBOEBSF associated with a poorer outcome â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they DBOCFEJTUBOUUPUIFVTVBMPQFSBUJWFTJUF BMXBZTTVTQFDUJOGFDUJPODBOPGUFOMFBWF UIFTUFNXJUI5)3SFWJTJPOTBCEVDUPSTBSF

"MM.P.5)3BOESFTVSGBDJOHT need post-op follow-up clinically, biochemically (cobalt and chrome levels) BOESBEJPMPHJDBMMZ FWFOJGBTZNQUPNBUJD conventional size heads (28-32mm) at routine intervals, larger heads and resurfacing more often. Refer when indicated (see chart).

Orthopaedic surgeon notes "MMSFGFSSFEQBUJFOUTTIPVMECFDMJOJDBMMZ  biochemically and radiologically assessed. 'Normal' causes of failure need to be DPOTJEFSFE FHJOGFDUJPO "TBNJOJNVN  artifact reduction MRI or CT should be performed.

often badly damaged and may need repair at revision (or later once the biology has TFUUMFE NBZOFFEDPOTUSBJOFEJNQMBOUTJG TFWFSFNVTDMFEBNBHFVTFDFSBNJDIFBEJG macroscopic metal particles present. Ref: www.tga.gov.au/hp/information-devicesmom-hip-implants.htm O

The Hip Prosthesis Story %VSJOHUIFTJYZFBSTUIF"VTUSBMJBO EFTJHOFE%F1VZ"43IJQQSPTUIFTJTXBT on the market here, it was used in about QBUJFOUT DPOWFOUJPOBM"43 BOESFTVSGBDJOH"43 %BUBGSPNUIF National Joint Replacement Register show that of about 197,000 conventional total hip replacements during 1999-2010, about 21,400 were metal-on-metal (MoM), as were about 14,000 resurfacing implants. The DePuy prosthesis has been recalled but other MoM prostheses are now in the spotlight. The New York Times last year reported UIBU%F1VZhTQBSFOUDPNQBOZ+PIOTPO Johnson had not been quick enough to acknowledge and respond to high failure SBUFTSFQPSUFEJO"VTUSBMJB*OGBDU JO FBSMZUIF'%"IBEHJWFOIJHISBUFTPG SFWJTJPOBTUIFSFBTPOXIZ64"BQQSPWBM was not forthcoming. The newspaper suggested that DePuy's actions might undercut its defence of related lawsuits. 'VMMQSPTUIFTJTSFDBMMIBQQFOFEJO"VTUSBMJB in December 2009 and worldwide in "VHVTU Patients suing the company claim that metal debris from the hips, made from a cobalt and chromium alloy, causes tissue death around the joint. This type of local reaction can cause premature failure of MoM hip implants, and increase the risk of complications with revision surgery. There is also concern that chromium and cobalt ions from a wearing MoM implant can enter the bloodstream to harmful levels. medicalforum

In 2011, an article in the MJA suggested the DePuy product recall was likely to DSFBUFVODFSUBJOUZBOEBOYJFUZJOUIF QBUJFOUTVOEFSHPJOHIJQSFQMBDFNFOU FBDIZFBSJO"VTUSBMJB1SPCMFNTXJUI the prosthesis had been reported by the "VTUSBMJBO0SUIPQBFEJD"TTPDJBUJPOJO oUIF"43SFTVSGBDJOHQSPTUIFTJTIBEB revision rate greater than twice the rate for all other resurfacing prostheses combined. *OBOECPUIUIF"43SFTVSGBDJOH and conventional prostheses were reported in the same light. The MJA article said that at 6 years, the "43DPOWFOUJPOBMQSPTUIFTJTIBEB BOEUIF"43SFTVSGBDJOHQSPTUIFTJTBO 11.1% cumulative percentage revision rate. )PXNBOZQBUJFOUTXJUIBO"43QSPTUIFTJT will eventually require revision remains unknown but is potentially high. "OPUIFSBSUJDMFJOUIFTBNFJTTVFPGUIF MJASFQPSUFEQBUJFOUTXJUI"43QSPTUIFTFT

FACTS: MoM Hip Prostheses t %F1VZhT.P."43IJQQSPTUIFTFT XFSFSFDBMMFEJO%FDFNCFS t "SPVOE8"QBUJFOUTIBWF UIFTFJNQMBOUTBOEBSFFOUJUMFEUP DPNQFOTBUJPO t "CPVUTFWFOUJNFTBTNBOZ.P. QSPTUIFTFTIBWFCFFOJNQMBOUFEBOE OFFEPOHPJOHBTTFTTNFOU t 1BUJFOUTXJUI.P.QSPTUIFTFTNBZ HFUMPDBMBOETZTUFNJDFGGFDUTGSPN SFMFBTFEDPCBMUBOEDISPNBUFJPOT

who seemed to show an association between high serum metal ion levels and systemic UPYJDJUZ5IFUISFTIPMEPGTJHOJGJDBOUCMPPE levels is unknown and needs researching. With varying innate susceptibility amongst patients, other MoM hip prostheses that are not performing well are now a concern. *O"VTUSBMJB %F1VZIBWFFOHBHFE $SBXGPSE$PNQBOZ "VTUSBMJB 1UZ-UE UPSFJNCVSTFGPSFYQFOTFTBTTPDJBUFEXJUI UIFSFDBMMPGUIF%F1VZ"43QSPTUIFTFT 0VUPGQPDLFUFYQFOTFT MPTUFBSOJOHTBOE medical costs are covered for registered patients and if they seek compensation for pain and suffering and undergo revision TVSHFSZ UIFSFJTUIF%F1VZ"431BUJFOU Compensation Programme that bypasses the Court system. 'JOBMMZ UIF5("IBTSFDMBTTJGJFEBMMIJQ  knee and shoulder prostheses from class IIb (medium risk) to class III (high risk) medical devices and from 1 July 2012 premarket assessment for any future devices will increase. O

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RADIOLOGY

Absorbable coronary stents

By Dr Eric Yamen, Cardiologist, Western Cardiology. Tel 9346 9300

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Absorbable stents "CTPSCBCMFTUFOUTIBWFUIFBUUSBDUJPOPGTDBGGPMEJOHUIFWFTTFMGPSB limited time during the initial healing period (months to a couple of years), without leaving the patient with a permanent prosthesis. Several absorbable stents have been developed over the past decade, with variable results. 5IF"CCPUU"CTPSCTM stent is the absorbable stent closest to market. Both the device itself and the drug-eluting polymer are composed PGMBDUJDBDJEEFSJWBUFT NFUBCPMJTFEJOUPDBSCPOEJPYJEFBOEXBUFS PWFSBQQSPYJNBUFMZUXPZFBST5IFTDBGGPMEFMVUFTFWFSPMJNVTBU BOJEFOUJDBMDPODFOUSBUJPOBOESBUFUP"CCPUUhT9JFODFTM stent (a commonly used second generation DES). In highly selected patients GSPNSBOEPNJTFEDPOUSPMMFEUSJBMT UIF"CTPSCTUFOUIBTQFSGPSNFE XFMMDPNQBSFEUP9JFODF XJUIMPXSBUFTPGBDVUFDPNQMJDBUJPOT  restenosis and stent thrombosis. However, worldwide commercial use has been limited to about 2000 patients.

Advantages and disadvantages of an absorbable stent The lack of a permanent prosthesis may reduce the risk of late stent thrombosis, a major concern with DES. However, current generation %&4QFSGPSNCFUUFSUIBOUIFPMEFSPOFT XJUIFYDFQUJPOBMMZMPX thrombosis rates. It is not clear whether this could be outperformed CZUIF"CTPSCTMTUFOU GPSXIJDIUIFEVSBUJPOPG%"15JTnot shorter. $PSPOBSZJNBHJOHXJUI$5NBZCFNPSFBDDVSBUFBGUFS"CTPSCTM implantation compared with metal stents, due to less imaging BSUFGBDU"OBCTPSCBCMFTUFOUNBZBMTPBMMPXBCFUUFSUBSHFUGPS bypass surgery, in the event of disease progression. The main disadvantage from the lack of a metal scaffold is that JUSFEVDFTUIFDPNQMFYJUZPGMFTJPOTUIBUDBOCFUSFBUFEIFBWZ calcification, tortuous vessels and bifurcations cannot be managed. 5IF"CTPSCTMTUFOUMBDLTUIFDMJOJDBMFYQFSJFODFPG%&4 XIJDI are used in large numbers around the world, and the device is OPU5("BQQSPWFETPBWBJMBCJMJUZJTSFTUSJDUFEUPTFMFDUFEQVCMJD IPTQJUBMTJO"VTUSBMJBO

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East Timor generosity By Dr Ross Littlewood, Ophthalmologist

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ifferent Australian outreach health services have been visiting East Timor since 2000, all keen to assist people in obvious need. Charities, volunteers, governments and organisations have collaborated at various stages to deliver ophthalmic and optometric services and train local people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; East Timor Eye Program (ETEP), college of surgeons (RACS), Optometrists Giving Sight, and AusAID in my case.

Internal violence delayed my first visit until FBSMZXIFOTDFOFTPGFYUSBPSEJOBSZ squalor and misery confronted me, as well as an apparently endless supply of blind eyes with hyper-mature cataracts. It was the further need to resource an annual eye team visit to one health district that led me UPBQQSPBDITQPOTPSTBOEDPMMFBHVFTJO8" I asked two charities for assistance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Eye Surgery Foundation, which owns the freestanding operating clinic in West Perth, and a charity administered by St +PIO"NCVMBODF8"oBOEUIFJSHFOFSPVT responses have supported an annual visit ever since. This includes funding for nurses, surgical equipment and disposable supplies to perform up to 100 cataract operations. In addition, donated major equipment has been installed including a photo slit lamp, PQFSBUJOHNJDSPTDPQF BOE:"(MBTFS 5IF8"BNCVMBODFTFSWJDFIBTBMTPTFOUB fully trained ambulance officer each trip to assist with logistics and patient care. My

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barefoot through thick bush and across mountains to access help. One blind man was led on horseback for two days to seek help, only to discover he had untreatable retinal blindness. Conversely, an elderly blind lady in Same, who tried to drown herself because of the guilt of burdening her family, was visited shortly after by the eye team. She is now independent, happy, and IFMQJOHIFSGBNJMZBHBJO"OFMEFSMZCMJOE person in a subsistence economy affects the entire family and can often prevent a child from attending school. "MUIPVHIUIFTVSHFSZJTDIBMMFOHJOH  &5&1hTSFTVMUTFYDFFE8)0HVJEFMJOFT and each cataract operation has the potential to change the life of an entire family. ETEP has helped train Timorese nurses, optometrists, interpreters, and one ophthalmologist (with another on the way). The aim is for self-sufficiency by 2016. I am proud of the fabulous work done CZNZ8"DPMMFBHVFTBOEHSBUFGVMGPS all the support, especially from the Eye Surgery Foundation board (www. eyesurgeryfoundation.com.au) and St. John "NCVMBODF8" XXXBNCVMBODFOFUBV O

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colleague at the Eye Surgery Foundation, Dr Phil House, soon joined the project as EJEUXPOVSTFTXJUITVSHJDBMFYQFSJFODF  Cheryl Doran and my wife, Jill. Together with other medical volunteers and a group of optometrists, the locally sponsored team has been providing at least one visit a year since 2008. "GUFSDPODFOUSBUJOHPOUIFDFOUSBM5JNPS Maubisse region for several years, last year we moved further south to Same where there is no suitable operating facility. We used a derelict building with no power and had to improvise. There is still a critical lack of infrastructure in many regions outside Dili. In fact, Timor is the poorest country on earth. Some local people cannot afford a bus fare so blind patients have been led

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CLINICAL UPDATE

Surgery for traumatic shoulder instability

By Mr Grant Booth, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Perth Shoulder Clinic, Bethesda Hospital. Tel 9340 6355

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raumatic dislocation of the glenohumeral joint is a common injury with an incidence in the general population of 1.7%. There is a high risk of recurrent dislocation in young patients and of associated rotator cuff tears in older patients. Arthroscopic reattachment of the torn labrum is a reliable technique unless there is significant bone loss, in which case open repair and transfer of the coracoid process is recommended.

Symptoms "GUFSUIFBDVUFEJTMPDBUJPOFWFOUBOE subsequent shoulder reduction, most patient's pain and stiffness settles over a 4-6 week period. Some patients may suffer further early frank dislocation PSFYQFSJFODFNPSFTVCUMFJOTUBCJMJUZPS TVCMVYBUJPOPODFSUBJOBDUJWJUJFT5IFTF episodes may be painful or may just feel uncomfortable or be accompanied by a feeling of apprehension that the joint may fully dislocate. Patients with associated rotator cuff injury may complain of pain, restriction of arm abduction and weakness of overhead activity.

QFig3: 3D CT reconstruction of a significant bony Bankhart lesion.

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QFig4: 3D CT reconstruction of a united coracoid transfer (Latarjet reconstruction). QFig1: Arthroscopic view of an anterior labral tear.

QFig2: Arthroscopic view of labral repair.

Clinical signs 1BUJFOUTTIPVMECFFYBNJOFEGPS HFOFSBMJTFEMJHBNFOUPVTMBYJUZ TIPVMEFS range of motion and rotator cuff integrity. Specific instability signs include the sulcus sign when inferior distraction of the humerus relative to the glenoid creates a hollow between the lateral edge of the acromion and the humeral head. In the apprehension test for anterior instability UIFFYBNJOFSQMBDFTUIFQBUJFOUTBSN in 90 degrees of abduction and slight FYUFOTJPOXJUIUIFFMCPXGMFYFE5IFBSN JTFYUFSOBMMZBCEVDUFETJNVMBUJOHUIF NPTUDPNNPOQPTJUJPOPGTVCMVYBUJPOPS EJTMPDBUJPO5IFQBUJFOUSFBDUTXJUIBOYJFUZ or concern and often prevents the arm being placed in this position.

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CT. In patients with suspected bony injuries a CT scan is the most useful investigation for determining the size and displacement of bone lesions. MRI. MRI scans performed with intraarticular contrast accurately demonstrate glenoid labral tears and are the most accurate investigation to diagnose associated rotator cuff tears. Ultrasound. While more readily available than MRI scanning, an ultrasound is less reliable at detecting rotator cuff tears especially in a painful and swollen shoulder post dislocation.

Recurrence risk The young patient. Studies have shown a high rate of recurrent instability following anterior dislocation with up to 90% of patients less than 20 years old and, 60% of patients 20 to 40 years of age suffering recurrence. Those participating in contact and overhead sport are particularly at risk of recurrence. The older patient. While the risk of recurrence reduces with age the incidence of significant rotator cuff tears increases in patients over 40 years of age. These tears are often missed as it is difficult to clinically FYBNJOFUIFSPUBUPSDVGGJNNFEJBUFMZBGUFS reduction and most patients are imaged with YSBZTPOMZ&YBNJOBUJPOPGUIFSPUBUPSDVGG at the follow-up consultation 10 to 14 days after the dislocation injury is essential, once the initial pain and swelling has settled. "OZQBUJFOUXJUIXFBLOFTTPSQBJOPO testing should have their rotator cuff imaged and I routinely image the rotator cuff in patients over 40 years of age.

What is the best imaging? X-rays. The pre and post reduction plain YSBZTDPOGJSNUIFEJSFDUJPOPGUIFEJTMPDBUJPO  UIFTVDDFTTPGSFEVDUJPOBOE UPFYDMVEF associated bony injury. Fractures of the neck or the tuberosities of humerus should be FYDMVEFE5IFSFCPVOEJOKVSZPGUIFEJTMPDBUFE humeral head onto the glenoid often results in a glenoid rim fracture (the bony Bankhart lesion), a humeral head impaction fracture (the Hill Sachs lesion) or both.

Young Patients. Due to the high incidence of recurrent instability and particularly in those involved in contact sports, overhead sports, surfing and swimming, the option of arthroscopic labral repair is often discussed after a first-time dislocation in these patients. Recurrent instability."GUFSBSFDVSSFODF of dislocation, stabilisation surgery is recommended in most cases. Associated injuries."DUJWFQBUJFOUTXJUI significant rotator cuff tears or displaced tuberosity fractures require repair.

Open or arthroscopic surgery? Arthroscopic stabilisation In patients with no significant glenoid or humeral bone loss, arthroscopic repair of the displaced labrum is a reliable procedure with a low recurrent instability rate of 4 to 6%. However, In the presence of significant bone deficiency, the failure rate of BSUISPTDPQJDMBCSBMSFQBJSSJTFTUPBCPWF Open labral repair and coracoid transfer (Latarjet reconstruction) In patients with significant bone loss, open surgery, involving transfer of the coracoid process of the scapula to the anterior glenoid to address the bone deficiency, is an established and reliable surgical solution with a low recurrent instability rate of less than BOEFYDFMMFOUGVODUJPOGPSSFUVSOUPTQPSU This procedure is recommended for patients likely to sustain further high injury trauma to the shoulder such as rugby players or bigwave surfers. Rotator cuff tears "TTPDJBUFESPUBUPSDVGGUFBSTDBOCFUSFBUFE arthroscopically at the time of arthroscopic labral repair or by an open technique. O

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M Clinic: Pitching Effectively to MSM By Mr Simon Yam, Organisational Development Manager, WA AIDS Council

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he M Clinic, established in July 2010 by the WA AIDS Council (WAAC), is for men who have sex with men (MSM). It provides sexual health services in a way that encourages men most at risk of acquiring HIV to initiate testing, or to test more frequently. It does this successfully [see below], which is important given the closure of the Murray St Clinic, a peak in HIV diagnoses, the growth in FIFO men who have trouble leaving work to seek help, and the reduction in sexual fears with the more successful antivirals.

M Clinic has seen over 1680 clients since it opened, with more than PGDMJFOUTSFUVSOJOHGPSUIFJSOFYUSFHVMBSUFTU5IFDPNNVOJUZ CBTFEPVUSFBDITFSWJDFJONFUSPQPMJUBO1FSUI GVOEFECZ8" )FBMUIhT4FYVBM)FBMUIBOE#MPPECPSOF7JSVT1SPHSBN 4)##71  provides testing, treatment, vaccination, counselling, contact tracing, health hardware and health education for STIs. Male and peer-based:6TJOH8""$hTEFDBEFPGFYQFSJFODFJO QSPWJEJOHTFYVBMIFBMUIUFTUJOHJODPNNVOJUZTFUUJOHT QMVTFWJEFODF of the preference gay men and MSM have for peer-based services, male peers and male clinical nurses are the initial contacts and QSPWJEFNPTUTFSWJDFT"OBMTXBCTDBOCFUBLFOCZUIFQBUJFOUT themselves, which reduces embarrassment for many. Accessibility: Clinic hours are variable, services are drop-in, there is good parking and public transport, and testing is free. Positive results are followed up by peer/nurse, and treatment and vaccinations are given by the nurse on orders from the doctor. Personal health promotion is combined with clinical services: .FODBOUBMLPQFOMZBCPVUUIFJSVOTBGFTFYVBMCFIBWJPVSBOEUIFJS NPUJWBUJPOGPSCFIBWJPVSBMDIBOHF)*7BOE45*UFTUJOHJTUIF tangible 'hook' to engage them in high quality and authentic pretest discussion. The clinic raises awareness of risks associated with NVMUJQMFQBSUOFST FTQFDJBMMZXJUIVOQSPUFDUFETFYPWFSTFBTJOIJHI prevalence countries.

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he Perth Metropolitan Branch of the national support group Heart Support Australia was set up by former patients who had previously undergone open-heart surgery to give emotional support for current heart patients and their families. Membership is now open to all heart patients and others who have an interest in heart health.

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As part of our commitment to health of Western Australia the team at Obesity Surgery WA, is now offering exercise programmes at no cost. To enrol, we need a referral to our practice for exercise. Everyone gets a health review to check their suitability and will get a personal plan or get to join one of our group sessions. The service is open to anyone who needs a little help to get fitter, even if they are not considering surgery. < Mr Harsha Chandraratna Surgeon Jo Climo > Clinical Nurse & Exercise Co-ordinator

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Joint injections â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the knee

By Dr Michael Eaton, RDA (WA) President, Rural Locums

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any of us do not have the luxury of referring patients for ultrasound-guided joint injections because we practise in impoverished or remote areas, or patients prefer us to do it. Moreover, they trust us to do joint injections safely, efficiently and more cheaply (even after withdrawal of the MBS rebate). Patient benefits are quick and professional satisfaction comes from providing a simple and often highly effective treatment. This series aims to answer 'Yes' to the common question, "But can't you do this for me, doc?" Useful joint injections in general practice are a boon to many patients and are simple provided you make sure of your angles and proceed gently.

The Knee The knee joint is most commonly aspirated and injected. The pain of inflammatory DPOEJUJPOTTVDIBT0" HPVUBOESIFVNBUPJE can readily respond to a judicious injection when oral and topical agents do not provide enough relief. Remember other causes of knee or other joint swelling such as arbovirus JOGFDUJPO 3PTT3JWFS7JSVTDBVTFEUIF largest knee effusion I have ever drained and the patient was so grateful for the aspiration and injection that the cyclone gates he sent still occupy pride of place on my chook pen.) Blood in any joint is an irritant and may need to be aspirated if haemarthrosis is not starting to resolve within 1-2 days (but not if there is a fracture). Some words of caution: the wear and tear of bone on bone does not respond well to steroid VOMFTTUIFSFJTJOGMBNNBUJPOTVDDFTTJWF steroid injections may respond less each UJNF TPIPQFJONPEFSBUJPOUIFJOKFDUJPO may be repeated in 2-6 weeks, depending on SFTQPOTFEPOPUJOKFDUTUFSPJEJGTVSHFSZJT DPOUFNQMBUFEXJUIJOTJYXFFLT

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same angle. This 'trick' makes it easy to find the same angle painlessly and is especially useful when injecting via the lateral or medial BQQSPBDIFT"TQJSBUF JODMVEJOHBTBNQMFGPS MCS. When the joint is 'dry', grasp the needle hub and change to the syringe for injecting (containing local anaesthetic and steroid, NJYFEJOUIBUPSEFSFBSMJFS *OKFDUEPXOUIF same larger needle, then remove and apply ZPVS#BOEBJE"TLZPVSQBUJFOUUPHFOUMZ move their knee and confirm the analgesia. "EWJTFUIBUUIFSFNBZCFBUSBOTJFOUJODSFBTF JOEJTDPNGPSUUIFOFYUEBZBTUIFTUFSPJE HPFTUPXPSL"OZXPSTFOJOHEJTDPNGPSUJT abnormal and must be reported. Lateral and medial approaches. From the side, find the T junction formed between the patella and the joint line. Mark BOEJOKFDU-"IFSF UIFOBEWBODF JOKFDUJOH as you go and angling the needle track down slightly to slide behind the forward sloping edge of the patella. If you feel a 'crunchy' sensation you have touched bone and your patient will usually show signs of pain. If so, withdraw slightly and adjust your needle angle down a little more, repeating until you feel the synovial resistance. Otherwise, the procedure is the same. O

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Keeping it Real In a world of webinars and teleconferencing, there is nothing that can replace the power of face-to-face networking.

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Manager of the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Connecticut while the GM was on leave. I have always had a passion for food and hospitality, so when I got back to Perth, I wanted to open a steakhouse, in particular, and approached Gareth. Gareth: I grew up in South Africa and came to Australia with my family when I was in Year 10. I completed Year 12 at Hale. I started a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation but didn't finish. I went to work as a kitchenhand at Trigg Island Cafe and worked my way up to cook. I have always had a passion for food. I've been cooking at home since I was 13. I left Trigg and went to work on the mines for a while and when I returned, I decided I'd like to learn about front of house management and got a job as the restaurant manager of Hippo Creek. Then I bought the business in 2003! I met Daniel at Hippo Creek when we'd opened at Hillarys and we decided to open Subiaco together.

What is uniquely South African about the restaurants? You can see these type of steakhouses scattered throughout South Africa and the initial support by the South African ex-pat community here was an integral part of Hippo's growth. It has gone from a rustic 70-seater 'hole in the wall' in Scarborough, into a huge 280-seater at Hillarys; an intimate, upmarket offering in Subiaco, and most recently a venue at Waterford with a tavern licence. It seems with every mining boom, steakhouses flourish. Has this been your experience? I believe that there is definitely something to that. Mining booms increase expendable income and allow people in general to a better quality of product, which is what we offer. We have had the mining companies supporting us, and if it is because of the mining boom, then we hope it continues. Hippo Creek, Rockpool â&#x20AC;Ś are the punters these days keen to explore different kinds of meats and cuts? Yes. Dry-aging meat is not a cheap exercise, and I believe that our customers know what they want and appreciate the process it takes to deliver the products we have on our menus. Food is an experience and people are more willing to try new things. What is your most expensive steak? Our most expensive individual steak is $80 for our 700g dryaged rib-eye on the bone, but the most expensive item we have (depending on size) is our Tomahawk, which can cost as much as $220 for 2.2kg and is designed to be shared. Where do you source your meat? Mostly from NSW. We use wholesalers in Sydney as well as local suppliers. What is your favourite dish on the menu?

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(Daniel): It is the 1kg Wagyu rump cap [$100]. It has the richness from the wagyu, but also has the texture of the rump cut making it my personal favourite. It has a great blend of flavour and texture.

Hippo Creek's executive chef Adam Bastin has shared the recipe for this traditional South African vegetable side dish. Chakalaka 1 onion, finely diced 2 tomatoes, finely diced 2 green capsicum, finely diced 2 large carrots, grated 2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained 1 tsp curry powder 2 red chillies, finely diced 100ml peri peri sauce 1 x 400g tin crushed tomatoes Pinch of salt Sautee onions and capsicum in olive oil until soft. Add curry powder and chilli and cook for a further minute. Add diced tomato and carrot and cook for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes. Season to taste

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ANAESTHETIST WANTED MT LAWLEY Dynamic specialist anaesthetist(s) required to replace retiring member. Share rooms with long established hospital based group. There will be no joining fee. Accreditation at Mercy Hospital is mandatory. Computerised billing system with excellent administrative/secretarial support. For further information please call Lorraine on (08) 9370 9733

BOARD MEMBER WANTED BOARD MEMBER WANTED Fremantle Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Centre seeks a female GP (VR) as a Board member. This is a voluntary position that would suit someone with expertise in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health medicine and an interest in the governance of a not-forprofit organisation. FWHC is a community facility providing medical and counselling services, health education and group activities. The Board currently has 8 members who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation and meets monthly. For more information check www.fwhc.org.au or Contact Diane Snooks 9431 0500 / director@fwhc.org.au

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MANDURAH SPECIALIST CENTRE Fully furnished consulting suites are now available on a sessional basis in the new Mandurah Specialist Centre. Reception support available if required. Phone: Graeme Dedman on 0413 065 009 Email: graemed@wacardiology.com.au DAWESVILLE Opportunity for two GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t TRN.FEJDBM$FOUSF t *OOFX4IPQQJOH$FOUSF t $PNQMFUJPO+VMZ t $BUDINFOUQFPQMF t 6OTFSWJDFEBSFB Ross on 0409 887 641 BANKSIA GROVE City of Wanneroo - WAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest growing local government authority Opportunity for 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t 8JUIJOB%JTUSJDUPG8PSLGPSDF4IPSUBHF t TRN.FEJDBM$FOUSF t $PNQMFUJPO+VMZ"VHVTU t -BSHFDBUDINFOU Ross on 0409 887 641

ROCKINGHAM Sessional room for rent in specialist medical centre in central Rockingham. Choice of two rooms, medical or allied health with communal patient waiting room. Reception staff not available. Sessions are four hours and currently available a.m. and p.m. $120 plus GST per session for allied health room and $160 plus GST per session for medical consult room, negotiable. Contact Julie Neet, Practice Manager at julieneet@drbillpatton.com.au Telephone 9528 1511 (select option 0) Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday mornings after 9.30 am NEDLANDS Hollywood Medical Centre New fully fitted 86m2 suite on 1st Floor available for lease immediately. Tel No. 0409 688 339/0400 066 160 MIDLAND Consultant Psychiatrist - Private Practice We have a fully serviced new room in an established clinic in Midland. We would like to have a Consultant Psychiatrist join our practice. The rooms are fully serviced and reception will collect fees and process patients. The lease of the rooms is negotiable and very reasonable so we can attract a specialist into a high need area. www.cygnetclinic.com.au Phone: 9467 7676 Fax: 9463 6311 Email: admin@cygnetclinic.com.au NEDLANDS Medical Specialist Consulting Rooms Fully serviced rooms and facilities for Specialist Consulting are available Suite 31, Hollywood Specialist Centre, 95 Monash Avenue, Nedlands. Any enquiries can be directed to Mrs Rhonda Mazzulla, Practice Manager, Suite 31 Hollywood Specialist Centre 95 Monash Avenue Nedlands, WA 6009 Phone: 9389 1533 Email: suite31.hollywood@bigpond.com JOONDALUP Modern sessional suites available in Joondalup CDB Secretarial support available if required. Phone 9300 3380 NEDLANDS Hollywood Medical Centre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 fully furnished consulting suites on first floor, available for lease Some secretarial support available if required. Phone 0414 780 751 MURDOCH Murdoch Specialist Centre Brand new stylish large rooms. Please email you interest to: admin@sleepmed.com.au

FOR SALE MEDICAL SUITE(S) 10 McCOURT STREET WEST LEEDERVILLE These well located 61sqm medical suite(s) with two car bays each are opposite St John of God Hospital and ready for immediate occupation. GORDON TUCKER R/E 0408 093 731 gtrealestate@iinet.net.au

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Looking for consulting rooms ? To Buy or Lease Is close to Murdoch and Fiona Stanley Murdoch hospitals suitable ? Then look no further! With full fit out comprising 3 consulting rooms, fully furnished, set among GP, Physio and Pharmacy. This 121 sqm Practice is perfectly located in neighbouring Bibra Lake just minutes from the new and existing hospitals. Call Brian Devereux 0418 959 219 for more details Tel: 9494 3888 Email: brian@grwa.com.au

LOCUM WANTED GOOSEBERRY HILL Locum required for privately billing, very friendly, Family Practice in Gooseberry Hill â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15th April 2013 to End of June 2013. Up to 5 days per week available. Please e-mail your details to office@hillsfamilymedical.com.au or Telephone Peter on 9257 1121 PERTH Locums / Associates wanted. Perth Medical Centre, Hay Street Mall. Busy accredited privately owned practice, private billing, flexible hours. Excellent remuneration for suitable candidates. Phone: 9481 4342 Mobile: 0408 665 531

MARGARET RIVER Long established accredited family practice seeks GP or trainee to replace retiring Doc. Anaesthetics, Obstetric and surgical scope available but not essential. Some afterhourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment - not onerous. Phone Sally 08 9757 2733 for more info

URBAN POSITIONS VACANT WINTHROP/MURDOCH Full time/Part time VR GPs needed to join Hatherley Medical Centre. No longer Corporate and reopening in March 2013 with very experienced GP. Had been open for over 20 yrs and become a successful 8 doctor practice. Services a large private billing underserviced area. Purpose built centre, well-equipped with on-site procedural room, large nursing station, pathology, physiotherapy, pharmacy and dental. Please call 0400 364 901 and get in early.

MURDOCH Doctor Required for Stress Testing Supervision WA Cardiology offers the most extensive cardiology testing services in Western Australia and is committed to providing the highest standards in patient care, diagnosis and GP support. Medical Practitioners who share in this vision are invited to join our team of Doctors supervising exercise ECGs, exercise echocardiograms and Dobutamine echocardiograms at our various sites. Training is provided and excellent remuneration based on a fee for service basis is offered. Applicants must possess valid unconditional registration with the Medical Board of Australia and working rights within Australia. To register your interest, please contact Graeme Dedman (General Manager) on 0413 065 009 or E-mail us at admin@wacardiology.com.au.

RURAL POSITIONS VACANT ALBANY VR GP required to join our 4 Doctor, busy, friendly family practice. Full or Part time. We are Accredited, computerised, full nurse support, experienced Admin team. Excellent remuneration. Clinipath pathology on site. Phone Gaye - Practice Manager 9841 6711 Email: admin@hillsidefp.com.au

LANGFORD Due to one of our long term GPs taking an extended sabbatical in 2013, Langford Medical Centre is looking for a full time GP to commence in Jan/Feb 2013. We are a modern, well equipped, accredited mixed billing practice. Situated south of the river, Langford is one of the closest practices to the CBD that still qualifies as a district of workforce shortage. For confidential enquiries please contact PM Mariette on 9451 1377

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medical forum BEACONSFIELD Well established, niche family friendly practice seeking VR Female GP to work flexible days and hours. Fully computerised and accredited. Good mix of private and bulk billing. Please contact Practice Manager Linda on 9335 9884 or Email: centralavenuemc@optusnet.com.au WEMBLEY DOWNS *OWJUJOHBOFOUIVTJBTUJD'FNBMF(1UP join this long established, non-corporate, private billing practice with a huge well established patient load. Email: managerbmc@gmail.com DUNCRAIG DUNCRAIG MEDICAL CENTRE requires a female GP. Flexible hours, excellent remuneration. Modern, predominantly private billing practice with full time Practice Nurses. Open 364 days: M-F 7.30am/9pm, Sat/ Sun/PH 8am/6pm Fully computerised. Please contact Michael on 0403 927 934 Email: Dr Dianne Prior: dianne@duncraigmedicalcentre.com.au GREENWOOD Greenwood / Kingsley Family Practice The Kingsley Family Practice is seeking a full time/part time GP to join our growing team. Our flourishing, non-corporate and predominantly private-billing practice is located in Greenwood. The practice offers an excellent work environment and attractive remuneration. There is computerised dermoscopy and a fully equipped procedure room on site. A Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Pathology collection centre and Pharmacy are also conveniently located at the centre. For further information please contact Dr Sheng Chao on 0402 201 311 or Email: kingsleypractice@gmail.com

FREMANTLE Fremantle Women’s Health Centre requires a female GP (VR) to provide medical services in the area of women’s health 1or 2 days pw. *UJTBDPNQVUFSJTFE QSJWBUFBOE bulk billing practice, with nursing support, scope for spending more time with patients, and provides recently increased remuneration plus superannuation and generous salary packaging. FWHC is a not-for-profit, community facility providing medical and counselling services, health education and group activities in a relaxed friendly setting. Phone: 9431 0500 or Email: Diane Snooks - director@fwhc.org.au or Dawn Needham clinical-manager@fwhc.org.au

SORRENTO V/R GP for a busy Medical Centre in Sorrento. Up to 75% of the billing Contact: 0439 952 979

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PALMYRA Palin Street Family Practice requires a full or part-time VR GP. We, at this privately owned fully serviced computerised practice enjoy a relaxed environment with space and gardens. Earn 65% of mixed billings. For further information call Lyn on 9319 1577 or Dr Paul Babich on 0401 265 881 OUTER METRO PRACTICE – ALEXANDER HEIGHTS Full time/Part time VR/NON VR GP required to join our privately owned, fully accredited & computerised, noncorporate family practice. Fully supportive including Practice Nurse, onsite pathology and a friendly working environment. Contact Dr Jagadish on 0413 879 023 Email jags.krishnan@gmail.com Or Caroline – Practice Manager 0427 342 488 / caroline@theheights.com.au BYFORD GP’s Afterhour Clinic GP’s required for new Afterhour Clinic in Byford area excellent terms and conditions hours are negotiable We are an area of unmet need with a district of workforce shortage. Contact: David Cowden Email: byfordfp@westnet.com.au Fax 9525 0093 Phone: 0413 273 778

PERTH Become part of the Perth Bigger Picture! Long established and privately owned, Perth Medical centre is centrally located, accredited, fully computerised and privately billing. We have recently renovated so come and join our team. We have an interesting and truly diverse mixture of clientele; young and old, blue and white collar, travellers and residents. You will be busy from day one and have plenty of opportunity to develop whatever branch of practice you choose with the backup of a team of locally trained colleagues. We also have a team of nurses leading our chronic disease management program. We are a social group who support one another, are flexible with hours and believe in maintaining a healthy worklife balance. To avoid the rush hour, reduce your carbon foot print and keep fit why not bus, train or cycle to work? After work unwind at one of the CBD’s new bars. Check us out www.perthmedicalcentre.com.au *OUFSFTUFE  Call our practice manager on (08)9481 4342 or Dr Phil A/H 0411 108 883

INGLEWOOD/BEDFORD GP required. A ready-made practice to walk into. Hours negotiable. Busy private billing, non-corporate QSBDUJDFPOUIF*OHMFXPPE#FEGPSE border. Full time nurse and pathology on site. Friendly and generously staffed. Phone Steve, Carl or our practice manager Denise on 9271 9311 or Email salisburymed@iinet.net.au FREMANTLE General Practice in Fremantle requires VR GP FT or PT for privately owned family practice. Accredited, computerised with fulltime Nurse support available. 65% of billings. Phone: Practice Manager 9336 3665 MT LAWLEY Edith Cowan University, Student Health Services, Mt Lawley campus. Part time VR GP with an interest in Women’s and Student Health required. Well-equipped medical centre, accredited, excellent work environment, Registered Nurse support, flexible work arrangements. For information: Dr Robert Chandler Phone: 08 6304 5618 E-mail: r.chandler@ecu.edu.au STIRLING LAKES Located on Karrinyup Road. This busy medical centre requires a F/T or P/T VR GP. Opened Monday to Friday 8am-6pm. The centre consists of 9 fully equipped consult rooms and a 2 bay treatment room. Onsite services, Pathologist, Psychologist and Dentist. *GZPVIBWFBTQFDJBMJUZXFXJMMTVQQPSUBOE promote so you can achieve. For expressions of interest Email: esther.mortimer@ipnet.com.au or Phone: 0418 371 724 WEMBLEY GP wanted for long established private, accredited Wembley Practice. Sessions are negotiable but ideally Thurs/ Fri am or Mon to Fri pm or part thereof. Our practice is fully computerised using Med Director/Pracsoft. Practice Nurse on site, pathology and theatre. Adjacent services include Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Psychologist and Dietician including diabetic educator. Please phone Pauline on 9381 9010 Email: wembleygp@westnet.com.au WHITFORDS GP - F/T OR P/T. We are fully computerised, well equipped, accredited practice. Friendly practice Nurse and admin staff to support at all times, including Careplan/ Health Assessment Nurse. Medical Centre has on site pathology, pharmacy and physiotherapy. Please contact Jacqui, Practice Manager on 9307 4222 Email: jmarkouloop@iinet.net.au

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SOUTH PERTH VR GP required FT & PT Excellent River location in South Perth. Non-corporate, private billing, fully computerised. Friendly and efficient support staff. F/T registered nurse and onsite pathology. For more information contact Paris on 9367 1185. Email: bhabibi@bigpond.com DALKEITH The Dalkeith Medical Centre requires a F/T or P/T GP to join busy privately owned and operated General Practice in the beautiful leafy suburb of Dalkeith. We are fully computerised with Best Practice. We have a dedicated team of doctors and staff and we are predominantly a privately billing practice. There is no after hours or on call required. Flexible hours and excellent remuneration is offered to the accepted applicant. Please contact Trish at dalkmc@bigpond.com BENTLEY GP VR ‘with/without a view’ needed for privately owned family orientated practice. 15mins from Perth CBD, AGPAL accredited, fully computerised using MD/ Pracsoft. Private billing. Supported by clinical and CDM nurses operating from purpose built practice. We offer 65% of billings. Contact Alison on 0401 047 063 MT HAWTHORN Mt Hawthorn Medical Centre, a noncorporate accredited long established practice situated in a fast growing inner city suburb of Perth, seeks a part time or full time VR GP to join this highly desirable practice. Fully computerised, Nurse Assistant. Phone Rose 9444 1644 MT LAWLEY Position for a full time GP, working as a self-employed contractor in our accredited, fully computerised independent practice. Excellent working environment, with modern facilities. Quality nursing staff and an onsite diabetes educator/dietician. Adjacent to the practice we have a pharmacy, and allied services, consisting of audiology, pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry, dental, and cardiology. Visit our website: www.3rdave.com.au and if interested, ring us on (08) 9272 5533. Please ask for Practice Manager Rachael Hadlow. Alternatively, you may send an email to rhadlow@3rdave.com.au MIRRABOOKA Full time / Part time GP required for a very busy practice in Mirrabooka. VR preferred. 75% Private and Bulk Billing Applications can be made via Email: mds@mirrabookadoctors.com.au or calling 0400 814 091

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HILLARYS Exciting Opportunity. Join us in our brand new General Practice located NOR. Non-corporate. We require a full-time or part-time GP for our practice. Hours to suit. No evening or weekend work required. The practice is fully computerised and well equipped. Private Billing and some bulk-billing Full-time Nursing support. Pathology on site. Please contact Practice Manager on 9448 4815 or Email: smc@westnet.com.au YOKINE - DR7 Our Yokine Medical Centre requires a P/T VR GP. Suitable for a female GP seeking a patient base. This healthcare facility consists of 9 fully equipped consult rooms, a 4 bay treatment room and 2 procedure rooms. Have the option to work after hours or DPNNVUFCFUXFFOPUIFS*1/QSBDUJDFT For expressions of interest Email: esther.mortimer@ipnet.com.au or Phone: 0418 371 724 ALL PERTH GP doctors â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Unsure about who to refer your patients? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; For orthopaedic surgeon referral advice contact us. POAB Recruitment Call Dr Oscar Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Souza (Assistant Surgeon) 0412 598 493 or Email: oscar.streetdoctor@gmail.com MADDINGTON Maddington (DWS) is looking for a VR full-time GP. This privately owned and managed practice will offer up to75% billing to the right doctor. Various locations North, South and CBD also available. Please contact Phil on 0422 213 360 Email: phil27bc@gmail.com MANDURAH GP/Obstetrician required part time to join our friendly team with a view to partnership. Excellent location, close to hospital and train station. Midwife assisted. Fully computerised Contact Practice Manager Vicki PH: 9535 4100 Email: practicemanager@mandurahobstetrics.com

WOODLANDS P/T or F/T VR GP wanted to join happy, non-corporate, mainly private billing practice. Good mix of patients, no weekends or afterhours. Great location, RN support. Would suit female GP. Contact help@thewoodsmedical.com.au or 9204 3900

WEMBLEY DOWNS P/T GP Position available - Wembley Downs Ocean Village Medical Centre requires a part-time VR GP for immediate commencement at our Wembley Downs practice. Modern fully computerised and accredited private and bulk billing practice with practice nurses. We are a non-corporate practice. Visit our website www.ovmc.com.au. Contact anthony.lau@ovmc.com.au for more details.

MOSMAN PARK Fantastic opportunity in excellent area for F/T or P/T GP Close to beach, shops and trains. Ample space for your car, bike or surfboard. Flexible hours to suit your lifestyle. Baby-sitting service an option. This is a GP owned group practice with all support services. Freshly refurbished with all new computers and furniture. Contact David Mortley on 9384 4426 or Email: mpmg@bigpond.net.au

BYFORD 2 Full-time GPs required. Byford is a rapidly growing area and is continuing to expand. Practice is fully equipped with 7 consulting rooms, 2 treatment rooms & employs 2 nurses. Onsite Pathology, Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Masseur and Dentist Excellent terms and conditions are negotiable We are an area of unmet need with a district of workforce shortage. Contact: David Cowden Email: byfordfp@westnet.com.au Fax 9525 0093 Phone: 0413 273 778 THORNLIE FT/PT GP required for a friendly new rapidly growing medical centre. Computerised, non-corporate and no after hours required. Outer-Metro area 17km from Perth. Pay 65% of receipts. Contact Dr John Ku or Dr Sandra Lok on 9267 2888 or Email: thornliemedicalcentre@hotmail.com BENTLEY Rowethorpe Medical Centre is a nonprofit, friendly practice seeking a part time GP to provide visits to our onsite residential aged care facilities. Practice-based consultations are also available. t 'VMMZDPNQVUFSJTFE t /FXMZSFOPWBUFEQSFNJTFT t .PEFSOFRVJQNFOU t 0OTJUFQBUIPMPHZ t )PVSTUPTVJUZPV For enquiries, please contact Jackie on 6363 6315 or 0413 595 676

FREMANTLE Part time or Full time (preferably VR) GPs wanted. ELLEN HEALTH is a doctor-owned and managed General Practice operating from two locations in port city of Fremantle. Well established patient base, offering a broad suite of services including nutrition and lifestyle, specialised pregnancy and midwifery care, community mental health nursing and skin clinic consultations. *GZPVXFSFUPKPJOPVSUFBNXFXJMMPGGFS you: t"HSPXJOHEBUBCBTFPG1SJWBUF#JMMJOH patients t"QSPGFTTJPOBMBOEEFEJDBUFETVQQPSU team t"MJGFTUZMFUBJMPSFEUPUIFMPDBUJPO t)PVSTPGXPSLUPTVJUPVSCBMBODFE lifestyle approach - Practice hours are Weekdays 8am-6pm, Saturday, 8am-4pm - No after hours, on-call or hospital work required at this time t)JHIMFWFMPGFBSOJOHT Contact Practice Manager Bridie Hutton 0413 994 484 Email: bridie.hutton@ellenhealth.com.au WEST PERTH GP sessions available at our privatebilling, accredited and fully computerised general practice. Our busy practice serves a young, professional demographic as well as providing specialist sexual health services. This represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic practitioner to join our friendly team. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Experience in family planning, sexual health and mental health would be an advantage. Contact Stephen on 0411-223-120 Email: stephen@westperthmedicalcentre.com.au OUTER METRO PRACTICE - BEELIAR Full time/Part time VR/NON VR GP required to join our privately owned, fully computerised non-corporate family practice. Fully supportive including Practice Nurse and friendly working environment. Contact Dr Jagadish on 0413 879 023 Email: jags.krishnan@gmail.com Or Caroline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Practice Manager 0427 342 488 / caroline@theheights.com.au NEDLANDS Full time VR GP for brand new 2 doctor non-corporate practice in shopping centre Predominantly private billing, weekends optional. Close to UWA. Onsite practice nurse, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and dietitian in shopping centre. Please contact Vasanthi at 0414 846 635 Email: nedlandsdoctor@yahoo.com.au

OUTER METRO PRACTICE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SOUTH LAKE Full time/Part time VR/NON VR GP required to join our privately owned, fully accredited & computerised, noncorporate family practice. Fully supportive including Practice Nurse, onsite pathology and a friendly working environment. Contact Dr Jagadish on 0413 879 023 Email: jags.krishnan@gmail.com Or Caroline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Practice Manager 0427 342 488 / caroline@theheights.com.au MANDURAH Mandurah coastal lifestyle 40 minutes from Perth. VR non VR doctor required short term or long term. No weekends or after hours. Good remuneration. Clinic has full time nurses, pathology, psychology, hearing centre, dermatologist and orthotics. Contact practice manager Elaine 9535 8700 Email: elaine@mandurahdoctors.com.au WANNEROO FT / PT Female GP required for noncorporate family practice delivering excellent healthcare to our local community in Wanneroo (Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern suburbs, approved DWS area). Our practice is fully computerised (Pracsoft and Medical Director), paperless and accredited. We have a wonderful reception team, professional Practice Managers, and full nursing support. Contact: Jody Saunders 0410 617 094 or Cheryl Barber 08-9405 1234 E-Mail CV to jsaunders.wthc@gmail.com or cbarber.wthc@gmail.com

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FT GP wanted. A rare opportunity to join Reynolds Rd 7 Day Medical Centre has just presented itself as a long term colleague moves out of general practice. Commencing Jan or Feb 2013, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on your chance to join this private billing, vibrant practice with immediate access to a full patient data base. Confidential enquiries to the practice manager 9364 6633. DIANELLA Non Corporate practice requires F/T and P/T VR GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to join 6 female and 1 male doctor team. Our newly extended, long established, accredited, fully computerised practice is supported with 4 excellent nurses and 5 very friendly admin staff. Our practice is mostly private billing and we offer excellent remuneration. Please contact Practice Manager on 9276 3472 Email: dfmc@dianellamedical.com.au

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MURDOCH Doctor Required for Stress Testing Supervision WA Cardiology offers the most extensive cardiology testing services in Western Australia and is committed to providing the highest standards in patient care, diagnosis and GP support. Medical Practitioners who share in this vision are invited to join our team of Doctors supervising exercise ECGs, exercise echocardiograms and Dobutamine echocardiograms at our various sites. Training is provided and excellent remuneration based on a fee for service basis is offered. Applicants must possess valid unconditional registration with the Medical Board of Australia and working rights within Australia. To register your interest, please contact Graeme Dedman (General Manager) on 0413 065 009 or E-mail us at admin@wacardiology.com.au.

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INGLEWOOD *OUFSFTUFEJOUSZJOHTLJODBODFSNFEJDJOF Unique opportunity to join a busy noncorporate skin cancer practice. Friendly atmosphere with strong emphasis on quality and patient service. Flexibility to explore any area of skin cancer medicine, ranging from comprehensive skin cancer checks, dermoscopy, and minor to more advanced surgical procedures. Continuing education and training provided. Fully computerised, with modern facilities and nurse support. Suit part time VR doctors looking for reduced paperwork, flexible hours and above average income. Please contact admin@skincheckwa.com.au JOONDALUP Candlewood Medical Centre GP required to join our friendly team for After Hours work immediate start. Weekdays 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9pm and Saturday 12 - 5pm Very Attractive remuneration Privately owned, AGPAL accredited general practice. Fully computerised. Contact Michelle 08 9300 0219

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