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  • Looking back

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    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.

  • Life's tweet

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    I believe there are many benefits in utilising social media and would encourage all doctors to take a look and attempt to understand how it works.

  • The dreaded M-word

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    It is better that I feel embarrassed for a moment and get the appropriate advice, than to put on a brave face and potentially do wrong by my patient due to pride.

  • From crack to croak

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    The newly born baby was lifted into the air as Queen sang, “We are the champions, my friend”. It was a jubilant moment and everyone in the room was laughing with joy.

  • Time to say goodbye

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    After 10 years writing for Australian Rural Doctor, Dr Vlad Matic has decided to bow out; this is his final yarn.

  • Making friends is hard to do

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    At the risk of coming across as lonely and desperate, I felt it was important to write something about the difficulties that rural GPs experience in developing friendships outside of work.

  • On being counted

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    For the first time in 20 years, no patient is talking to me about the choice we all will have in the upcoming election.

  • My early steps

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    I'm too young to be a GP. This, at least, was the view of one of the first patients I saw as a general practice registrar in Clare, country SA, last year.

  • Casualties of popularity

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    The world's best spots deserve to be shared and to be of benefit to their inhabitants, but the price paid is often their own destruction.

  • If I had known then ...

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    I often get asked what advice I would give the young ones contemplating a career as a rural GP. This question raises a dilemma.

  • Fit for purpose

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    I'm still trying to understand why I've started on this health kick. Is it fear of ageing or is it the constant reminders of the dangers of increased disease risk and poor health that are so much a…

  • Same moment, different lives

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    What makes doing all the things we do worthwhile? Have you ever sat and wondered what others are doing in the same moment? I have, and, honestly, it can be quite scary.

 
 

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