Topic archives: doctors

Who cares for the carers? Doctors hesitant to ask for help

Who cares for the carers? Doctors hesitant to ask for help

February 17, 2015

Doctors have very stressful, emotionally taxing jobs, and many are afraid to ask for help when they need it most, writes Radio National journalist Ann Arnold.

Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

May 23, 2014 9

Germany recently scrapped a GP co-pay similar to the one being brought in by the Australian government. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson asks: will Australia's work out any better?

Newman v the doctors: a political fight that is poisoning the LNP

Newman v the doctors: a political fight that is poisoning the LNP

April 3, 2014 10

The Queensland government his locked into a nasty dispute with doctors, and voters are sick of it. Mark Bahnisch, commentator and Centre for Policy Development fellow, says the result is considerable ill will.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

March 17, 2014 3

Inflight 'news' at Qantas ... Queensland doctors revolt over cuts ... Liberals a sporting chance in SA ... Bake for the ABC (banana cake?) ...

Tips and rumours

February 27, 2014 1

Axe to fall on comms bureaucrats? ... Biz Spec commenting curio ... Qld doctors to strike? ...

When media become lobbyists: #scrapthecap backed by mags

When media become lobbyists: #scrapthecap backed by mags

July 10, 2013 3

Australia's leading medical publications are helping to fund a campaign against self-education cuts -- despite hints of self-interest. Has it affected their coverage?

The doctor shortage that wasn’t: too many GPs

The doctor shortage that wasn’t: too many GPs

March 1, 2013 22

Australia is not in the grip of a GP shortage -- in fact, there is a costly oversupply of doctors. Monash University demographer Bob Birrell crunches the numbers and has some suggestions for future policy.

Australia’s reputation at risk over medical intern crisis

Australia’s reputation at risk over medical intern crisis

November 1, 2012

Some 150 international medical students don't have intern placements for next due. The situation is critical, for students and the healthcare sector, writes Sydney University Medical Dean Bruce Robinson.

System in poor health: junior doctors left without work in training bungle

October 11, 2012 2

An apparent bungle has fed concerns that some trainee doctors in Victoria may miss out on ongoing positions in hospitals -- at a time when the serious national doctor shortage has people worried.

‘I was humiliated’: foreign doctors cheated by exam conditions

March 29, 2012 13

Foreign medical practitioners who want to work in Australia say their crucial English exam results were sabotaged by unacceptable conditions. Bianca Kerr reports some were "humiliated" by the process.

Tackling health waste is about more than ‘a few bad apples’

January 17, 2012 45

Too often we seem to forget in debates about our mythical "health system" that much healthcare is provided by private interests, whether private practitioners or companies.

Open disclosure is no silver bullet

Open disclosure is no silver bullet

June 7, 2011

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is moving to be more transparent about how much it pays health care professionals, but GP Dr Peter Mansfield has mixed feelings about the announcement.

Dominique Strauss-Khan

May 19, 2011 15

Crikey reads have their say.

How the Patel case has changed the world of health care for ever

July 5, 2010 4

Some doctors are concerned about Jayant Patel's conviction for manslaughter and his sentence to seven years imprisonment. Why? Because it sets a dangerous precedent, writes Professor Merrilyn Walton.

The uncertain, scary future for doctors

June 18, 2010

There are now more than 13,600 known diseases, meaning doctors become specialists and ignore the medical system as a whole, Dr Atul Gawande told Stanford’s School of Medicine graduating class.

Reading habits of overachieving doctors

May 27, 2010

What does a highly successful doctor read? W H Chong listens as three doctors with massive IQs recount their favourite books, escapist fiction and Freud in medicine.

Devine: The rot infecting our hospitals

January 21, 2010

The major issue affecting our hospitals isn't lack of funding, it's dealing with the insane and complicated bureaucracy that entangles multiple hospitals together. Time for communities to take back ownership of their local hospital, writes Miranda Devine.

Diary of a surgeon: death of overseas-trained doctors

December 22, 2009 2

Hospitals and regulators, if they are satisfied with the supervisory structure around overseas trainees, should be able to approve their employment in the system, writes Professor Guy Maddern from St Anywhere.

Doctors on the market?

October 28, 2009

Marketing of products is something all surgeons must live with on a daily basis. Representatives visiting and discussing new products is appropriate. Free giveaways are not, writes Professor Guy Maddern.

Victorian abortion law: overriding the conscience of doctors

October 27, 2009 20

Victorian doctors who oppose abortion are legally obliged to be involved. The law doesn't just legalise abortion, it silences dissent, writes Sinclair Davidson.