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Clinical Opal #7 - Ovarian cancer screening
Clinical Opal #7 - Ovarian cancer screening

Anna Li, a 46 year old high school teacher, presents to you for follow up after a recent metatarsal fracture. At the end of the visit, she asks you whether she can be screened for ovarian cancer.

Anxiety and the end of lockdown
Anxiety and the end of lockdown

There are many in the community who aren't in any rush to get out and interact with others. Some feel anxious about Covid lockdown restrictions easing.

Clinical Opal #6 - Sexual dysfunction
Clinical Opal #6 - Sexual dysfunction

Terry is a 64-year-old retired sales manager and a long-term patient of the practice. He has been struggling with depression over the past couple of years. Six weeks ago, he commenced escitalopram 10mg as the first trial of antidepressant medication.

Future Proofing
Future Proofing

Recently, the Australian Financial Review announced their shortlist for Australia’s ‘Most Innovative Companies’… and the Black Dog Institute’s ‘Future Proofing Study’ made it onto this prestigious list.

Clinical Opal #5 - Red eye
Clinical Opal #5 - Red eye

Fatima is a 53-year-old human resources manager who presents to you with a 24-hour history of a painful red left eye.

Grants for GPs & Nurses - are you eligible?
Grants for GPs & Nurses - are you eligible?

To help lessen the financial burden of keeping up with CPD, rural and remote health professionals (MMM 3-7) who would normally be required to travel considerable distances to attend courses, can access a range of state-based funding.

Helping new mums during COVID
Helping new mums during COVID

How one small not-for-profit in Sydney is helping new mums during Covid-19.

Clinical Opal #4 - Cough and fever
Clinical Opal #4 - Cough and fever

Jill is a 64-year-old retired accountant who presents to you with her concerned husband, Michael. Jill is usually fit and well apart from a history of well controlled hypertension on perindopril.

Training with Cognitive Aids
Training with Cognitive Aids

By using a well structured and easy to follow aid, the risk of error is reduced and evidence based practice is more likely to be actioned.

A GP's perspective: What I learned at the recent free Hot Topics webinar - Asthma
A GP's perspective: What I learned at the recent free Hot Topics webinar - Asthma

Hot Topics free webinar presenter in New Zealand discovers children with asthma admissions aren't necessarily recorded in practice.

Clinical Opal #3 - Sudden hearing loss
Clinical Opal #3 - Sudden hearing loss

Adam is a 34-year-old maths teacher who is usually fit and well, with no significant past medical history.

What trans kids need from health care professionals
What trans kids need from health care professionals

Our bad experiences of mental health care with health professionals

Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)
Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)

Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) has become an increasingly popular choice for anaesthesia, as alternatives to volatile agents. Surgical technique advancements and increasing utilisation of day hospital centres have created an environment where m…

Clinical Opal #2 - Painful Leg
Clinical Opal #2 - Painful Leg

Dave is a 33-year-old carpenter who presents to you with a painful red leg.

Coping with Covid: my report card says “Could do better”
Coping with Covid: my report card says “Could do better”

What have we learned from the last lockdown? Does having a job and being an introvert make it any easier?

Clinical Opal #1 - Medications for Anxiety
Clinical Opal #1 - Medications for Anxiety

Harriet is a 22-year-old university student who presents to you with severe anxiety.

School Teachers: The Forgotten Frontline Workers of COVID-19
School Teachers: The Forgotten Frontline Workers of COVID-19

School teachers have been hit hard by COVID-19. Since the start of 2020, teaching roles and demands have changed significantly. One key change was the rapid addition of new online methods of teaching. This was crucial to cater for students still in…

Music as therapy – and not just for us!
Music as therapy – and not just for us!

“What a night...we needed it!” This was one of many responses to a musical soiree I held at our home on a Sunday evening in late May. The flood in expressions of gratitude reflected how much we all valued playing and reconnecting. This was an inaugu…

Emergencies in General Practice
Emergencies in General Practice

Kids have been falling out of trees ever since there were kids (and trees). As a result, head trauma has been a common childhood injury for millennia.

Perioperative Anaphylaxis
Perioperative Anaphylaxis

Once anaphylaxis has been identified, immediate treatment is required to stop the allergic cascade from producing histamines, prostaglandins and cytokines, and manage the effects of these agents. Management will include immediate treatment, refractor…

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