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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#123 Medical scribes could help doctors care for more patients
Patients and doctors would both like to see more of each other and scribes can enable this, says emergency physician, Associate Professor Katie Walker.
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#121 Dr Clare Collins on choosing a specialty
Choosing a specialty is one of the most important career decisions for a doctor. In this series we profile a range of specialists with the aim of helping others who are still to make a decision.
#120 How to save the environment while saving lives
As a medical community we have the ability to introspect and make changes within the health system to positively impact this health crisis.
#119 Excessive hours and understaffing leading to clinical errors
Results from the Hospital Health Check Survey indicate that long hours and understaffing are issues the State Government needs to take more seriously.
#118 Keeping well in 2020
Helpful resources for doctors wanting to take a proactive approach to their wellbeing.
#117 Fact sheet: Conscientious objection to termination of pregnancy
It is recommended that medical practitioners treat a conscientious objection as they would a conflict of interest, and act to avoid the conflict where possible.
#116 Perfect storm brewing for our public health system
A/Prof Julian Rait on how we can ensure that Melbourne’s hospital system remains among the best in the world.
#115 New guidelines could significantly reduce dementia rates
Risk reduction has been recognised by the WHO as a key strategy in reducing future incident dementia.
#114 Doctors honoured at AMA Victoria Awards Night
Health professionals from across Victoria were honoured on Saturday night at the inaugural AMA Victoria Awards.
#113 Health experts call for stronger national air pollution standards
Leading health groups across Australia have united to call for stronger national air pollution standards.
#112 Personal development opportunities for DiTs and medical students
AMA Victoria provides opportunities for DiTs and medical students to build relationships within the medical community.
#111 Goulburn Valley Health Wellness Day
The wellbeing of health professionals is multifactorial and requires both good systems and attention to self-care.
#110 The ‘other’ gender bias in medicine
We’re pushing for equal representation of women in society. There is no reason we should not have equal representation of women in clinical trials too.
#109 New clinical tool to prevent premature epilepsy deaths
SUDEP is when a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and prematurely and no reason for death is found. Currently there is very little information or awareness of SUDEP.
#108 Are your registrars receiving their rostered fortnightly training time?
Registrars have a right to object if they feel that the type of training time provided is not truly free from service.
#107 The next Hospital Health Check survey is coming
We want all Victorian DiTs to take part and share their experiences.
#106 The trouble with electronic medical records
EMRs have been a profound disappointment for many who could see their potential for quality improvement.
#105 New digital Vicdoc in 2020
The increasing costs of printing and distributing Vicdoc has required us to look for a more financially sustainable way to deliver the magazine to our members.
#104 Ode to the study group: why we should stick together
Dr Hannah Bills of the AMA Victoria Women in Medicine Group on the benefits of the study group.
#103 Thunderstorm asthma public health campaign
The state government has launched a campaign to ensure that Victorians are as prepared as they can be should another epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occur.
#102 What DiTs need to know about rostered days off
If you would like to discuss any concerns relating to your employment conditions, please contact the AMA Victoria Workplace Relations team.
#101 It’s time to talk about STIs
After record increases in sexually transmissible infections in the last decade, the DHHS is encouraging all Victorians to get tested and seek treatment.
#100 Eight tips for everyday positive psychology
I didn’t realise until recently that there is a completely different way of looking at things. It is, in a sense, the ‘flip side’ of the way we learn how to be doctors. And it can be incorporated into our everyday lives.
#99 Doctors vs journalists – why the facts matter
We can’t be bystanders when it comes to calling out click bait and fake news, writes Dr Jill Tomlinson.
#98 Wellness in balance
Specialist Otolaryngologist Mr Eric Levi shares his tips for wellbeing.
#97 World-class maternity and paediatric services for Melbourne’s west
Western Health has a new site for women’s and children’s services at Sunshine Hospital.
#96 Coaching for Retirement – AMA Victoria’s new career service
AMA Victoria has designed three programs to help doctors identify their retirement goals and establish a new work-life balance.
#95 A successful intern job share
After much persistence, two doctors are job sharing their intern experience at St Vincent’s Hospital.
#94 New professional career coaching program
AMA Victoria’s Medical Career Service has launched a new service: Professional Career Coaching.
#93 Doctors are being short-changed by public hospitals
A/Prof Julian Rait OAM explains each of the 8 disputes that has been provided to the Fair Work Commission.
#92 Hospital underfunding is risking doctor and patient wellbeing
We have been working with health services since the Agreements were approved to ensure compliance with the new terms and conditions.
#91 Family Doctor Week 2019 - Interview with Dr Ines Rio
Stethoscope caught up with our Section of GP Chair, Dr Ines Rio, for Family Doctor Week 2019
#90 Family Doctor Week 2019 - Interview with Dr Naomi Harris
Stethoscope caught up with Dr Naomi Harris to chat about the importance of doctors looking after their own health.
#89 A call to arms in the fight for gender equality (and a thank you to the women and men in my life)
Dr Pallavi Prathivadi shares her views on feminism.
#88 Have you been sexually harassed at work?
Contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for guidance on dealing with sexual harassment.
#87 Saving a life is worth the difficult conversation
Medical professionals have a crucial role to play in making sure everyone using the road arrives home safely to their family and friends.
#86 Is fines debt affecting your patient’s mental health?
When people ignore or can’t afford to pay their fines, their financial situation and mental health can spiral out of control.
#85 Graphic campaign shows the lasting effects of alcohol
A graphic campaign aims to highlight the devastating link between alcohol and cancer.
#84 Please just tell me when the appointment will be!
Without the funds to see a specialist in the private system, patients join a seemingly endless queue for treatment. This problem is likely to get worse if we don’t act.
#83 Mental health awareness – not just one day a year
The aim of Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day is to normalise conversation about mental health.
#82 Queen’s Birthday honours for AMA Victoria members
AMA Victoria would like to congratulate our members who were recognised with Queen’s Birthday honours.
#81 Opening up about doctors’ mental health
"It makes such a difference to bring it out in the open that we’re human too. The problem is that in some circles there’s still a fair amount of judgement.”
#80 AMA Victoria Board finalised under new Constitution
The AMA Victoria Board has been finalised for the next year.
#79 We must provide better care for mental health patients
Dr Simon Judkins, president of ACEM calls for better care for the community’s most vulnerable people.
#78 Financial assistance for doctors in need
The VMBA provides short-term financial support in a time of crisis to medical practitioners.
#77 Time matters in multiple sclerosis: Diagnose early to maximise brain health
A short guide to help diagnose and manage patients with multiple sclerosis.
#76 Event wrap: Medical Careers Expo
The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to 2020!
#75 What is Clinical Support Time and why does it matter to a Doctor in Training?
Health services are pushing back on the CST clause of the new Enterprise Agreement.
#74 Free health assessments for Victorian stonemasons
The Victorian Government has unveiled a plan providing free health assessments for Victorian stonemason workers.
#73 The challenges for women in medicine are ongoing
On 22 March, the Royal Women’s Hospital held a Grand Round Panel Discussion on the topic of Health Advocacy for Women in Medicine.
#72 In profile: Dr Greg Young, Forensic Pathologist
In this series, we profile a range of specialists who reflect on their selected fields.
#71 Changes to TAC funded services: Home Services and taxi travel
Over the past few years the TAC has made changes to ensure your patients can get the right treatment at the right time.
#70 A critical time for mental health care in Victoria
The Andrews Government appears to have listened to AMA Victoria on many aspects of the Royal Commission into Mental Health.
#69 Bullying and harassment independent facilitator trial
The ‘Know Better, Be Better’ campaign will ensure healthcare workers understand what constitutes bullying and harassment.
#68 The importance of listening in the doctor-patient relationship
Listening in the doctor-patient relationship involves creating a space where the patient is comfortable to give feedback.
#67 Early detection of chronic kidney disease saves lives
With Kidney Health Week taking place from 8-14 April, now is a great time to start thinking about the impact of kidney disease in your practice.
#66 The pros and cons of social media in medicine
Women in Medicine Committee member Emma Sutton looks at the contemporary use of social media in medicine.
#65 AMA Victoria's National Conference Nominations
You are invited to nominate as an AMA Victoria Representative at AMA 2019 National Conference.
#64 Is your practice complying with its privacy obligations?
Get an overview of your legal obligations and learn the practical steps every medical practice needs to take.
#63 Strong senior leadership required on hospital culture
"Without strong advocacy for trainees from senior doctors, major achievements of the agreement will not be fulfilled."
#62 Incentivising safer births in Victorian hospitals
A new program is helping to improve care for women and babies in the birth suite, while giving back to Victorian public hospitals for their investment.
#61 Member profile – Dr Trupti Prasad
Part 5 of our International Women’s Day profile series: Community Child Health paediatrician Dr Trupti Prasad
#60 Member profile - Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn
Part 4 of our International Women’s Day profile series: Associate Professor in Medical Education at the University of Melbourne, Eleanor Flynn
#59 Member profile – Dr Laura Raiti
Part 3 of our International Women’s Day profile series: Dr Laura Raiti - PGY 4, paediatric resident
#58 Member profile – Dr Karla Villafana Soto
Part 2 of our International Women’s Day profile series: Dr Karla Villafana Soto is a Medical Registrar with Ballarat Health Services
#57 Member profile: Dr Amy Touzell
Part 1 of our International Women’s Day profile series: Dr Amy Touzell is an orthopaedic surgeon at Frankston public hospital
#56 Choosing Wisely: driving a culture shift away from unnecessary healthcare
Choosing Wisely Australia is part of an international effort to drive a culture shift away from unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
#55 A ‘Voiceless’ sculpture sends a strong message
Claire Adams, the model, is a remarkably healthy 91 year-old lady – but the sculpture shows an alternative future.
#54 General practice and pharmacists working together
Dr Ines Rio on the relationship between pharmacist and GP.
#53 The desperate need for a more humane medical workforce system
Dr Kadota’s story is a vivid reminder of some of the underlying issues within our medical training systems.
#52 Improving hospital workplace culture is essential
Our President speaks on the importance of feeling respected for your work.
#51 What can a doctor do to improve healthcare’s environmental sustainability?
Our workplaces and practices may be disproportionally contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and thereby adversely impacting human health.
#50 AMA Victoria members honoured on Australia Day
AMA Victoria would like to congratulate all of our members who were recognised with Australia Day honours for services to the community.
#49 How to end an employee relationship
AMA Victoria's Workplace Relations Advisor, John Ryan, on unfair dismissals.
#48 Improving the health literacy of refugees
The Water Well Project aims to improve the health literacy of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities.
#47 Supporting and connecting women in medicine
Dr Nayomi Perera talks about the Women in Medicine Committee and why it is so important.
#46 Important changes to medical certificate cause of death notification submission
The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria is moving to a new online system: Registry Information Online
#45 Voluntary assisted dying model of care information sessions
You are invited to attend an information session to learn about the voluntary assisted dying legislation.
#44 Palliative care in Victoria: Why your participation matters
Evidence shows that palliative care can improve and in some cases prolong life.
#43 Sharing the care for blind or low vision patients
Many patients with visual problems need support beyond what can be achieved with science alone.
#42 A support group for doctors with substance use issues
Alcohol and other drug use is no less prevalent in doctors and medical students than in the general population.
#41 An orthopod teaching mindfulness: Is it an oxymoron?
Mr Tony Dunin tells the story of how a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course improved his life and work.
#40 Thinking outside the script
We look at those patients whose conditions are rooted in lifestyle issues outside the scope of services provided by healthcare professionals.
#39 Key health commitments following re-election of Andrews Government
A message from A/Prof Julian Rait OAM, President of AMA Victoria.
#38 Complete your Advance Life Support update online?
The AMA has joined with CRANAPlus to deliver an online ALS module combined with a practical assessment.
#37 In profile - Mr James Keck
Mr James Keck – Clinical Director of Colorectal Surgery at Eastern Health discusses choosing a specialty.
#36 New public hospital agreements: Are you receiving your correct entitlements?
We have commenced discussions with members and health services to ascertain how the new entitlements are being approached and where there may be resistance.
#35 Career Conversation - Dr Amandeep Hansra, Founder of Creative Careers in Medicine
In this Career Conversation series, we are profiling a range of doctors who have transitioned to non-traditional paths.
#34 AMA Victoria at the Creative Careers in Medicine Symposium
AMA Victoria is proud to be a panellist and sponsor of the Creative Careers in Medicine Symposiumin Melbourne.
#33 Inspiring women in Geelong
A wrap up of the Women in Medicine Committee's highly successful Inspiring Women event in Geelong
#32 Assessing fitness to drive
Patients rely on doctors to make recommendations for management and monitoring of their Fitness to Drive.
#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.