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Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education – plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education – plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

Melissa Sweet August 16, 2015

Leaders in Indigenous medical education from Australia, Aotearoa, Canada and Hawai’i gathered in Townsville last week, on the country of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba Peoples, for the sixth conference of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. With the conference theme of “knowledge systems, social justice and racism in health professional education”, many sessions […]

New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

Melissa Sweet October 9, 2014 2 Comments

A new campaign, to be formally launched at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference in Adelaide on Saturday, will urge doctors to stop seeing pharmaceutical company reps. The “No Advertising Please” campaign aims to reduce inappropriate and harmful prescription of medications. It asks doctors to take a pledge – already signed by more […]

Doctor, doctor gives us the news: there’s a bad case of juniors being screwed

Michelle Hughes April 8, 2014 7 Comments

 Croakey has previously reported on the crisis engulfing senior medical staff in Queensland.  As the turmoil continues, the knock on affect of a potential mass exodus of medical staff on junior doctors and medical training is coming into focus.  Many thanks to Dr Gemma Robertson for this personal perspective on the loss of senior doctors […]

Why history lessons are an important part of medical education

Why history lessons are an important part of medical education

Melissa Sweet October 10, 2013

When academics at Bond University were planning a cultural immersion program aimed at improving medical students’ understanding of Indigenous health, their priority was to make it creative and engaging. Associate Professor Janie Smith, who has previously worked as a remote health professional in the NT, presented on the new immersion program at the recent CRANAplus […]

Reforming medical education: a case study (with some parallels to the Titanic)

Melissa Sweet April 3, 2013

Traditional approaches to medical education need a radical overhaul if we are to develop a sustainable health system that truly helps those with the greatest needs. But trying to turn around the “Titanic” of a hospital-centric system that encourages hierarchical specialisation is no small task. Dr Kimberley Ivory has been involved in developing a new […]

Social media and the transformation of medical education – via  #FOAMed #supertwision et al

Social media and the transformation of medical education – via #FOAMed #supertwision et al

Melissa Sweet March 12, 2013

The tweets have been flowing plentifully from the Social Media and Critical Care conference that’s being held in Sydney this week (check #smacc2013). The conference highlights how the online revolution is changing medical education, and not surprisingly it features some of the revolutionaries behind the push for ‘free open-access meducation’ or FOAM (#FOAMed on Twitter). […]

Tackling racism in health care: it requires some self-reflection

Tackling racism in health care: it requires some self-reflection

Melissa Sweet February 3, 2013

Thanks to Twitter, I recently came across this fascinating presentation giving medical students some insights into the historical forces that shape contemporary Indigenous health and wellbeing. In the presentation, Dr Geoff Spurling, a lecturer at the University of Queensland and a GP at the Inala Indigenous Health Service, encourages medical students (and it’s useful advice […]

Medical intern crisis won’t be solved with just more hospital places

fronjacksonwebb November 13, 2012 1 Comment

Professor Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute, writes: Almost two hundred medical students from diverse countries have just finished their medical education as full-fee-paying students. They’re now looking for the one year of employment (internship) they need to be registered in Australia as medical practitioners. But on current indications, up to half […]

Why international medical students deserve a place in Australian hospitals

fronjacksonwebb November 8, 2012

Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne writes: Amid Australia’s ongoing doctor shortage, the health system risks losing dozens of Australian-trained, foreign-born doctors because of a shortage of intern places. The Australian Medical Students Association estimates the system needs 182 intern places to ensure all international students can finish their medical training and gain full registration as doctors. These […]

Intern crisis is damaging us internationally (but what about the wider health workforce concerns?)

Intern crisis is damaging us internationally (but what about the wider health workforce concerns?)

Melissa Sweet October 31, 2012 4 Comments

Medical students and their supporters have been running a very active social media campaign around the #interncrisis.  They’ve also established a website telling the stories of medical students who’ve been unable to get an internship. We haven’t heard nearly so much, however, about the problems facing other sections of the health workforce, especially nurses. The […]