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A tree change is in the wind

Change seems to be the theme of 2020. In our region, as with many in Australia, it started with bushfires, before a jump to the left into ‘COVID Capers’.

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Recent articles

Writing your COVID worries away - (with Andrew Gan and Dr Jet)
Writing your COVID worries away - (with Andrew Gan and Dr Jet)
Dr Jan Orman

COVID and all its attendant inconveniences (I guess some would say “tortures”) has forced many of us to revise our personal wellbeing plans and dig out some old strategies that we haven’t used for a while. It’s also made some of us realise that many of the things that we thought were just parts of our normal life were, in fact, wellness strategies.

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Malignant Hyperthermia
Malignant Hyperthermia
Danielle Grace

Malignant Hyperthermia is a rare and potentially life threatening genetically inherited condition that can be triggered by drugs commonly used in anaesthesia. If it is not recognised and treated in its early stages, MH can be fatal.

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Restless Leg Syndrome - Podcast
Restless Leg Syndrome - Podcast
Dr Jo Bruce

Restless leg syndrome is a common presentation in General Practice characterised by uncomfortable sensations in the legs. These sensations are associated with an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the symptoms.

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Telehealth Fatigue
Telehealth Fatigue
Dr Jan Orman

My patients are loving telehealth. They love it so much that most of them are saying they don’t want to come back to face to face consultations. You probably need to bear in mind that my patients are long-term therapy patients that I know very well.

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Paediatric Advanced Life Support Standards
Paediatric Advanced Life Support Standards
Crystal Smith

In order to achieve these standards, it is essential that medical and nursing staff who work with paediatric patients receive specialised education to manage a paediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.

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Would learning something new wash your Acedia away?
Would learning something new wash your Acedia away?
Dr Jan Orman

Is Acadia running your life right now? Are you, like the solitary monks who used that term in the middle ages, suffering from the combination of boredom, frustration, agitation and lethargy that comes with physical isolation?

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COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?
COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?
Dr Jan Orman

Like me, you probably spend a lot of time talking to people about how they feel about the COVID 19 pandemic, but do you talk to them about their thoughts and beliefs about it?

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Medication Spotlight: Paracetamol
Medication Spotlight: Paracetamol
Crystal Smith

A frequently used medication in community and hospital settings is paracetamol (named acetaminophen in some countries). It has less adverse effects than other analgesics, as it has no effect on platelet functioning and allergies are very rare.

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Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth
Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth
Tiarnee Schafer

Suicide in Australia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occur at twice the rate of the general population. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at even greater risk, those aged 5 to 17 years, suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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