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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…

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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…

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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…

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Medicare rebatable MRIs – November 2018 Rules

Our job just got harder. The bureaucrats keep changing the ground rules. We are expected to know who qualifies for what every so often. But here it is for your reference.

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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)…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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