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Pavements and Medicare – what do they share in common?

13th February 2019, Dr Chee L Khoo

One of the great advantage of being a runner is that wherever you go, all you have to do is pack a pair of running shoes and the world is your oyster. During a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I went out running on the local streets. It was 6am and still pitch dark.…

Is there a doctor on the plane?

9th January 2019, Dr John Goswell

According to a recent article in JAMA, in flight emergencies occur in about 1:600 flights. This comforting statistic should allow doctors to relax and enjoy their holidays. Not so for me. I have answered the call “Is there a doctor on the plane” twice now, even though I am not a “frequent flier”. …

Another successful injectable workshop – DOMTRU at your service!

13th December 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

Three weeks ago, 25 of our GP and allied health professional (AHP) colleagues sacrificed their valuable Saturday and became engaged in a highly interactive session exploring the use of injectables in the management of our patients with type 2 diabetes. Evaluation, comments and suggestions from the participants have just been collated and here at the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit (DOMTRU) we are just absolutely delighted about the results.…

Sitting on a pot of gold in general practice

26th November 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

We sit on a large repository of data in general practice. A small subset of the data that can be useful is the individual patient data that can facilitate patient care. This subset (in the right set up) is what the myhealthrecord is hoping to host in the cloud but that is another story for another day.…

Diabetes Management – GPs as good as Diabetes Centres!

13th November 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

70-80% of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are managed in primary care in Australia. Patients managed in hospital based outpatients have the advantage of multi-disciplinary team care. They have dietitians, credentialled diabetes educator (CDE), physiotherapists and of course, the endocrinologist in the team. On the other hand, we, as GPs, have the advantage of knowing our patients and their families’ social environment.…

“Trust me, I am a doctor” – don’t take that for granted!

15th August, 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

Opinion article 

“Trust me, I’m a doctor” is so universally accepted that we don’t even have to say it. Patients know that they can trust us implicitly. What are we asking patients to trust us with though? The current debate or argument about the pros and cons of opt-in or opt-out with MyHealthRecord may endanger the trust patients have in their doctors.…

Acute knee injuries – importance of history taking and simple examination

June 15, 2018 Dr Chee L Khoo

Someone once said “If at the end of taking the history, you do not have the diagnosis, take the history again”. This is particularly relevant when we come to knee injuries. In 90% of the time, when I see someone with a knee injury, I have a fair idea what I am looking for in the examination before I even touch the patient.…

Insurance Claims Made Easy (with help from some friends)

Don’t we all hate the paperwork and the hassle of insurance claims – workers compensation, CTP or similar. And to have to chase after the unpaid invoices months after the case have closed. Since, January this year (I think), there have been some positive changes to the whole NSW Workcover system. Is it just me? I don’t recall being notified about the changes.…

A smart vaccine fridge is no match against the bean counters

June 1, 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

Imagine if your vaccine fridge sends you a message if the fridge temperature veered outside its set range of 2-8 degrees Celsius. You would say “now that’s technology”. And imagine you could do all that for a little more than A$100. Well, that’s exactly how my vaccine fridge at the practice is “wired” up to do.…

Hepatitis C treatment in general practice – my first case

May 15, 2018, Dr Chee L Khoo

Kylie was known to have chronic hepatitis c infection for many years. She had been busy for the last 2-3 years being pregnant. We talked about anti-viral treatment as soon as she finished with breast feeding her last baby. She had heard about these wonder drugs curing her hepatitis C infection.

When Kylie was ready, we went through the motions:

Pre-treatment Asssessment – the 6 Cs

  1. Complications of liver disease
  • Co-factors for liver disease progression
  • Signs of liver disease
  • Presence of cirrhosis -consider Fibroscan for any patient with hepatitis C.

“Health, performance and conduct concerns among older doctors” – A set up in progress?

April 15, 2018,  Dr Chee L Khoo

If it was a headline conclusion in any other medical publication, we would be combing the study looking for holes, validity, statistical significance and clinical relevance. We would be checking that the conclusions drawn were correct and valid conclusions that arose from the data. But when it was the Medical Board which released the headline, most of us, kind of, accepted the conclusions of the study without questions.…

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