Rural Anaesthesia Down Under – Inaugural Newsletter

throughout this wide brown land of Australia there are Rural Eoctors providing not just primary care, but also procedural skills – surgery, obstetrics and anaesthetic services. This means rural communities can be 24/7 Caesar-capable as well as utilise theatre for low level elective cases (herniorrhaphy, orthopaedic, dental, gynae, urological and of course endo-/colonoscopy etc). The …

Snake Bite in Rural Hospital

We’ve had a spate of snake bites on Kangaroo Island over the holiday period.  So I thought it would be worth reviewing snake bite management.  Not least because I’ve had some sensible suggestions from my colleagues at Raptor Domain / KI Birds of Prey who run South Australias only ‘in-flight’ bird display AND offer a …

Rural Generalist, Swiss Army Knives & Waiting Lists

I’m proud to be a rural doctor.  My training is in not just Primary Care but also in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia. To be able to serve their communities best, rural doctors need broad brush skills across the board.  Rather than the finely-honed precision instrument of the specialist (akin to a scalpel), rural generalists …