A Course..a Course! My Kingdom for a Course!

[adapted from King Richard III, Shakespeare, W 1594] Well, this week I am up in Darwin teaching on an EMST course. The Early Management of Severe Trauma course is the Australasian version of the worldwide Advanced Trauma Life Support course from the American College of Surgeons. The history behind it is interesting, but the bottom …

Had a gutful

Well, it’s kind of ironic that over the weekend there’s been a small flurry of interest in the issue of non-admitted hospital patients being charged a fee in South Australian country hospitals (see The Australian p7 24/3/12)…and yet at the same time this issue arose locally.I understand that the Minister of Health is not a …

Open Letter to the Minister

Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve succumbed to the urge to fire off Victor Meldrew-like letters of indignant fury to the Health Minister over the recent exchange of press releases between Liberal and Labor Health Ministers regarding the issue of country patients being charged fees for A&E services.Grumpy old doctor aside, I really believe this is …

Loving the Job

I reckon the work as a rural doctor is the best that medicine offers. Just heard from a colleague with whom I did anaesthetics last year in NSW. “Mate I love this job! In the past 7 days I’ve thrombolysed a 44 year old with a STEMI, resuscitated a 5 year old who had a fit …

Tracheal Trauma

When I was a young lad, one of the things that would excite me was stories of pirates and murderous ‘cut-throats’. At the age of ten, the idea of a ‘cut throat’ was somehow synonymous with a quick death. Fast wind forward a decade or so (ahem, well maybe more) and I’m reflecting on some of …