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Nick Carr

Melbourne-based GP and author

Dr Nick Carr is a Melbourne-based GP, author and broadcaster. His interests include the care of the elderly, psychological medicine and paediatrics.

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No time to wait for a knight in shining armour as the virus spreads its wings once more

We need to accept that a vaccine for COVID-19 is a long way off and start thinking about how to manage the crisis in the meantime.

Choosing when to go: what the nation can learn from Victoria's embrace of voluntary assisted dying

Despite hand-wringing and dire predictions, patients have expressed the immense relief of having the option of voluntary assisted dying, even if they never choose to use it.

The facilities at the Medically Supervised Injecting Room in Melbourne (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

The case for safe injecting rooms is clear cut — they save valuable lives

We know safe injecting rooms save lives. The question is why do some people think those lives aren't worth saving?

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Will new rules force doctors to wake up to pill addiction?

Despite dire warnings, doctors have kept blithely handing out scripts for opiates to vulnerable and addicted patients. Those days may be in the past.

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Take it from a doc: telehealth is a keeper. But why is the sound quality so bad?

Telehealth is changing the way doctors care for their patients. And while it'll never replace face-to-face consultations entirely, it's still an incredibly useful tool.

National Mental Health Commission CEO Christine Morgan speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

COVID-19 and mental health: an already broken system needs to be fixed now

Our mental health services have long been underfunded and sub-standard. We need to do more than slap a few bandaids on once COVID-19 is over.

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A doctor's note: don't dream it's over — the crisis may only be beginning

As people dream of an end to lockdowns, it's wise to remember that Australia has been the lucky country — and our luck may run out.

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Life during coronavirus: the things I miss

Who'd have thought someone could be wistful for traffic?

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Even when the crisis is over, telehealth is here to stay

By the time the coronavirus lockdown is over, telehealth services will be well and truly embedded in our health care system. And that might not be such a bad thing.

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Are we seeding a flu crisis later in the year? Looks like we might be

People have been flocking to get their flu vaccination early this year. But our resident GP wonders if that's the right approach.