With expanded prescribing rights and access to the MBS coming up later this year for nurse practitioners, Amanda Sheppeard reports on some of the issues practices should consider.
Fundamental changes are taking place in the area of mental health. Amanda Sheppeard looks at the top five controversies identified by leaders in the field.
Amanda Sheppeard looks at how science is exploring the link between stress and disease.
The Southern Hemisphere’s first total artificial heart transplant may have made headlines, but as Amanda Sheppeard reports, funding issues will determine just how many people benefit from it.
IN MARCH this year, a 59-year-old NSW woman was awarded some $290,000 from her GP because he failed to order a CT scan that would have revealed a debilitating spinal condition. The judgement came hot on the heels of public concerns raised by Professional Services Review (PSR) director Dr Tony Webber about what he described as a worrying upward trend in the number of GPs unnecessarily referring patients for CT scans. Not surprisingly then, GPs may feel as though they’re ‘damned if they do and damned if they don’t’ when it comes to ordering diagnostic tests: miss ...