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Can I have medical cannabis on PBS doctor?

I’ve been asked this question twice in the last month. Once by a 70 year old patient who has taken up smoking weed to control her neuropathic pain, let’s call her ‘Rachel’. And the other a young man aged 26 (Sean) who is smoking cannabis to help control his chronic anxiety.

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Recent articles

PODCAST: Acute Diverticulitis
PODCAST: Acute Diverticulitis

Stan, aged 80, comes to see you with left side abdominal pain and a low-grade fever. This is a classic example of a common problem doctors face in General Practice. In our Podcast we discuss Diagnosis, Assessment, Management & Referral.

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Blepharitis
Blepharitis

Paul is aged 40, and he comes to see you with persistent, red, sore, scratchy eyes.

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Green with Asthma
Green with Asthma

How can I be more green? Cycle to work? No more steak? Stop my inhaler…?

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Time to rationalise our use of inflammatory markers
Time to rationalise our use of inflammatory markers

Injudicious use of inflammatory marker testing for non-specific symptoms is likely to cause more harm than good.

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KISS: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
KISS: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

A 45 year old woman with a painful hip comes to see you. She’s normally fit and active, but is now getting pain that is disturbing her walking and waking her at night.

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KISS: New National Cervical Screening Program
KISS: New National Cervical Screening Program

In December 2017 a renewed National Cervical Screening Program was launched in Australia.

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ADHD Prescribing
ADHD Prescribing

Inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive children have always existed, and it’s difficult to quantify the exact effect of labelling children with a disease name, rather than approaching them ‘the old-fashioned way’, whatever that might be.

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Urolithiasis and alpha blockers
Urolithiasis and alpha blockers

What is the evidence for 'medical expulsive therapy' using alpha blockers?

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Eating Disorders in General Practice
Eating Disorders in General Practice

Eating disorders are truly holistic, affecting all biopsychosocial dimensions of health so we need to keep an open mind and our antennae alert in a wide variety of clinical scenarios in General Practice.

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