Contract Negotiations Update 15/12/11

Well, my last post on the contract negotiations between SA Rural Doctors and the Country Health Dept was in mid-November.By way of background, the current contract was agreed in 2010 and was due to expire on 1/12/11, in part because the Rural Doctors Association SA were unhappy with the oncall fees negotiated last round. There was …

Nearly home…

Well, had my viva for the JCCA anaesthetic credentialling earlier this week – glad to report it was successful. Four more weeks to go in Orange NSW then I’m headed back to Kangaroo Island with anaesthetic credentials under my belt.This video clip says it all really:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rJ8nCTgZ2Q&sns=fbNow, where’s my fibreoptic scope and some local anaesthetic spray? …

Essential Equipment

I’ve long struggled with the ideal contents of my prehospital pack. Time was that I carried enough gear in the back of the ute to perform an emergency laparotomy at the roadside…as time goes on I’ve slimmed things down…even more so on kayaking expeditions where weight and space are at a premium. Indeed, my minimalist …

Anaesthesia & Aviation

How many times have I heard people (usually other doctors) liken anaesthetics to flying a plane – 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror?   In only a few more weeks I return home to Kangaroo Island after a year spent upskilling in anaesthetics…like a pilot, I’ve accrued many hundreds of hours of ‘flying time’ and …

Exciting news

Well, those who know me are aware that (apart from roadkill recipes), two of my current interests are to try and develop a national network of prehospital doctors drawn from the rural workforce and also to improve training in skills and equipment for rural doctors.I’m grateful for recent email exchanges with Drs Minh Le Cong …