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Easing the Lingering Symptoms of Depression

Despite our best efforts, most patients who experience depression are left with residual symptoms that linger beyond the completion of treatment. Whether it be low motivation, low mood, self-criticism, guilt or worry, residual symptoms of depression are not only disabling, they place patients at greater risk of relapse and future depressive episode

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Recent articles

Recognising and responding to deteriorating patients: a matter of life or death
Recognising and responding to deteriorating patients: a matter of life or death
Ken Hambrecht

The most recent update of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) Deaths in Australia report shows that in 2017 there were a total of 160,909 recorded deaths in Australia. 50% of these were found to be potentially avoidable within the current healthcare system among people aged younger than 75.

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A new approach to mental health care
A new approach to mental health care
Dr Janette Randall

I’m a GP with a special interest in mental health. For the past three years I have been working with Medibank health solutions to support the implementation of a range of programs for people with chronic and complex health conditions.

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Out of Office - Dr Simon Curtis
Out of Office - Dr Simon Curtis
Dr Simon Curtis

Find out more about Simon, co-founder of the Hot Topics course internationally in his 'Out of Office' before seeing him in person at Hot Topics Australia.

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Team GP – why we need to learn together
Team GP – why we need to learn together
Dr Ahmed Rashid

Learning is all about making some sort of change. As GPs, it can be easy for us to think of our learning simply as a process we go through to tick a box. But maybe we should be thinking more deeply about the types of learning that truly cause us to change for the better?

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PODCAST: Hypocalcaemia
PODCAST: Hypocalcaemia
Dr Neal Tucker

Sundeep, a 63 year old office worker, presents with intermittent nagging loin pain and achy muscles.

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Stop Before You Block: A Block Time-Out
Stop Before You Block: A Block Time-Out
Crystal Smith

The Stop Before You Block (SB4YB) initiative is a patient safety campaign designed to help reduce the risk of inadvertent wrong-sided anaesthetic blocks.

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Moments of Joy
Moments of Joy
Dr Jan Orman

This year I’ve decided to practice what I preach. I’m starting with something that has evolved from last year’s eye-opening experience with keeping a gratitude diary when, along with other members of my team at work, I participated in the 6-week Mental Fitness Challenge on the BiteBack website. BiteBack is a positive psychology-based website for ad

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Vaping - Friend or Foe?
Vaping - Friend or Foe?
Dr Robert Walker

Where are we with vaping? Are e-cigarettes the shining knight who will rid the world of cigarettes or dangerous products wrapped up in clever marketing with the 'unintended consequence' of luring young people into the world of smoking?

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On being a GP seeking help
On being a GP seeking help
Dr Jan Orman

I had an interesting experience at my GP recently. I don’t go to the GP very often. Mostly I don’t get sick. Sometimes I treat my own ills or just soldier on. On the few occasions that I have been to see someone about something concerning me, my overwhelming experience has been of being judged and dismissed. I feel that they think that, as a doctor, I should have not only made the diagnosis but also treated myself. In fact, I should have been better way before I thought to come along!

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