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Out of Office - 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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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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Can I have medical cannabis on PBS doctor?
Can I have medical cannabis on PBS doctor?
Dr Simon Curtis

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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PODCAST: Acute Diverticulitis
PODCAST: Acute Diverticulitis
Medcast Medical Education Team

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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PODCAST: Blepharitis
PODCAST: Blepharitis
A/Prof Stephen Barnett

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
Dr Neal Tucker

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
Dr Robert Walker

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/Prof Stephen Barnett

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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