Search results: Leanne Rowe

  • Issue 41 / 1 November 2021
    Before you judge unvaccinated patients, read this

    “We are … locking people out who have not got vaccinated to protect themselves and protect everybody else.” THOSE were the words of Victorian Premier Dan Andrews as he recently announced the joyous news of Melbourne’s release after 262 days of strict stay-at-home orders. While Premiers are announcing…


  • Issue 8 / 15 March 2021
    Open referral letter to surgeons: intervention required

    THANK you for providing an opinion on the following urgent issues confronting our surgical patients. As surgeons and their hospitals are busy tackling the backlog of elective procedures after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, they may not yet be fully aware of the significant access…


  • Issue 28 / 20 July 2020
    COVID-19: How do we keep doctors’ mental health safe?

    WELL before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic hit our health care system, it was apparent that a substantial number of doctors worldwide were experiencing mental illness (here and here), suicidal ideation and suicide mortality (here and here). While there is some debate as to whether…


  • Issue 26 / 6 July 2020
    Why your patient can’t see you now

    A previously healthy 72-year old woman, Clare*, requests an increased dose of the opioids first prescribed by another GP via a telephone call. She has become housebound during the pandemic with severe right hip osteoarthritis, aggravated by immobility, weight gain and depression. The longer Clare waits…


  • Issue 22 / 8 June 2020
    COVID-19: what are you optimistic about?

    THIS was the question I asked a number of my medical colleagues during the height of COVID-19. Here are some recent answers: “Public health”. “Australia isn’t America” “The funding of telehealth” “Reduced air pollution” And from a GP in remote Australia: “I always live like this…


  • Issue 17 / 4 May 2020
    Preventing a COVID-19 firestorm in residential aged care

    AN inspiring, but overlooked image of the recent firestorms in Australia still plays on my mind. Dedicated aged care workers, many of whom were concerned about losing their own homes, walked across paddocks because of road blockages to care for frail senior Australians in residential aged care facilities.…


  • Issue 13 / 6 April 2020
    COVID-19: Where do I refer my patients with acute surgical needs?

    Harry*, an 82-year-old in an aged care facility with a comminuted fracture of his right radius, severe right shoulder pain and a deep facial laceration after a fall. David*, a 50-year-old with diabetes and cardiovascular disease with severe groin pain due to a strangulated hernia. Carmen*, a 45-year-old…


  • Issue 2 / 20 January 2020
    Think you know when to make a mandatory notification? Read this

    A GROUP of second year medical students recently told me they avoid consulting their own doctor for fear of a mandatory notification to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). They referred me to ongoing media reports claiming that the amended National Law will deter doctors and…