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Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

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Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

Evidence shows that it’s not just fresh food that is more expensive in remote communities. On average, all food is 53% more expensive in these communities.

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You should really be nicer to your colleagues – rude behavior is contagious

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You should really be nicer to your colleagues – rude behavior is contagious

We experience rudeness and incivility all the time. From simple insults and offhand remarks to purposely excluding others from groups, these behaviours are largely tolerated in our daily lives and in the workplace. The question is, what effect do…

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Delay clamping babies' umbilical cords for better health and development

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Delay clamping babies' umbilical cords for better health and development

One of the most common surgical procedures in the world today is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth. There is no dispute that we need to do this. But there remains controversy over how soon after birth this should occur.

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Want to reform Medicare? Target specialist services, not primary care

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Want to reform Medicare? Target specialist services, not primary care

Cutting rebates for GP services (including the current rebate freeze) will hit all Australian patients, including those on low incomes and in the worst health. Bulk-billing rates will surely fall and out-of-pocket payments will increase.

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Less is the new more: choosing medical tests and treatments wisely

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Less is the new more: choosing medical tests and treatments wisely

Not so long ago, getting an x-ray for acute back pain was the norm. Although it’s now known that they don’t help most cases, they are still used far more frequently than is necessary.

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Indigenous health leaders helped give us a plan to close the gap, and we must back it

Tom Calma

Indigenous health leaders helped give us a plan to close the gap, and we must back it

Australia is a great country with a lot of promise. While a stain remains in the form of health inequality, this generation certainly has the opportunity to remove it.

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Looking back

Dr Mel Clothier

Looking back

I could use so many clichés and well-known inspirational quotes in this article, that it would no doubt make you sigh discontentedly and roll your eyes at me from afar.

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  • Life's tweet

    I believe there are many benefits in utilising social media and would encourage all doctors...

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  • The dreaded M-word

    It is better that I feel embarrassed for a moment and get the appropriate advice,...

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  • From crack to croak

    The newly born baby was lifted into the air as Queen sang, “We are the...

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Where is your dream job?

Shah Sahari

Where is your dream job?

Where do you think might be the best place to work in Australia? Tell us and you could win a prize.

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  • Getting to know you

    When I took over from Marge Overs as editor of Rural Doctor, her first piece...

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  • The special project

    Around eight years ago, the publishers of Australian Doctor asked me to start up a...

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To bee or not to bee

Dr Chris Swan

To bee or not to bee

Photocopiers used to be the bee’s knees in technology once. In 1980 our practice bought a new one, for the then princely sum of $600.

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  • Silly stuff

    This particular column is I think entirely plagiarised so I will start by acknowledging those...

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  • A poke in the eye

    Our remote regional hospital always got at least one drunk and unco-operative patient on Friday...

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