Stethoscope is a weekly blog created by AMA Victoria. It aims to help members stay up to date on medical news and policy, and provide opinion and profiles on people of interest in medicine.
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#31 Medicare Billing Compliance
Medicare billing errors and healthcare fraud are significant factors in the cost of the Australian health care system.
#30 Healthy parents, healthy baby: The benefits of optimising preconception health
There is growing evidence that the health of both parents before conception influences the health of the child.
#29 Help available for doctors suffering from mental health issues
While doctors suffer from the same disorders as everyone else, they are less likely to seek help.
#28 Opinion: Is it time for the AMA to advocate for patient enrolment?
Dr Ines Rio would like to see patients enrolled to a single GP clinic to improve the experience for both the patient and the doctor.
#27 AMA Victoria's President outlines key election priorities
AMA Victoria will maintain advocacy on each of our election goals as well as monitoring the delivery of outcomes.
#26 Two members selected for Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica
Two AMA Victoria members have been selected for the prestigious global leadership initiative Homeward Bound.
#25 It’s time to talk about STIs
This year's STI Testing Week is 9 - 15 September.
#24 How to get involved in the Peer Visitor Program
The AMA Victoria Peer Visitor Program is open to any older doctor who would like a visitor. All volunteers are members of AMA Victoria.
#23 AMA Victoria in the media: transparency in our hospitals
Hospital complication rates are currently hidden from patients and doctors.
#22 Prepare your patients for the thunderstorm asthma season
The National Asthma Council is calling on health professionals to prepare for the thunderstorm asthma season.
#21 Event wrap: Family planning and balancing medicine seminar
The topic was one not commonly discussed in the workplace - identifying the right time to have a family and how to balance this with a medical career.
#20 Why Build Your Practice is a must in 2018
AMA Victoria's annual Build Your Practice Conference & Exhibition returns on 22 September.
#19 Championing doctors’ mental health around the world
Dr Geoff Toogood, founder of CrazySocks4Docs day on mental health awareness.
#18 Changes to Victorian notifiable conditions
The number of conditions that are required to notify has been reduced and the requirement to provide written follow up for ‘urgent’ conditions has been removed.
#17 The challenge of pursuing medicine and raising a family
We know from the hundreds of calls we receive each year that doctors often agonise over the decision to start a family and how to combine the responsibility with a medical career.
#16 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship 2018
The recipient of the 2018 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship is Pirpantji Rive-Nelson.
#15 Sue English, General Practitioner
Dr Sue English has been a doctor for over 30 years. She says her biggest challenge is time.
#14 Interview with Dr Mrin Nayagam
In preparation for Family Doctor Week, here is an excerpt from our interview with author of Silver Linings: True Stories of Resilience from a General Practice, Dr Mrin Nayagam.
#13 Member profile: Dr Graeme Killer
As the personal doctor to five sitting Australian Prime Ministers, Dr Killer has met many world leaders during his distinguished career.
#12 Hospital Health Check Survey
In January, the AMA Victoria Doctors in Training Subcommittee ran an anonymous survey about various aspects of DiT’s working lives. Here are the results.
#11 Were you paid properly over Easter?
Some members in the public health sector have raised concerns that they were not properly paid for work over the Easter period.
#10 AMA Victoria members recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours
AMA Victoria would like to congratulate all of our members who were recognised with Queen’s Birthday honours.
#9 If codeine is passe and opioids are ineffective for long-term pain, what next?
Article by Carol Bennett, CEO of Painaustralia.
#8 Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare
AMA Victoria’s Women in Medicine Society hosted its much anticipated ‘Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare’ event, on Monday 21 May.
Make sure you have some crazy socks ready to wear on Friday 1 June to raise awareness of doctors’ mental health.
#6 My Health Record opt out date announced
Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose to opt out.
#5 Federal Budget wrap
The AMA believes the Federal Government has delivered a safe and steady health budget – but some of the biggest challenges are yet to come.
#4 Getting prepped for PrEP
The Commonwealth Government recently approved the listing of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
#3 Medical Careers Expo wrap
On Saturday 28 April, over 900 delegates gathered at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, excited to gain some insight into their future medical careers.
#2 Member Profile: Dr Jackson Harding
Dr Jackson Harding runs a specialist anaesthetic practice in Bendigo, but when he’s not in theatre, he’s serving his country as a 27-year member of the Army Reserve.
#1 It’s time to book your flu vaccination
AMA Victoria is now urging people to book an appointment at their GP clinic to receive their yearly influenza vaccination.