Away from ivory towers

It can be a challenging and fairly unsettling experience commencing work in a regional hospital if most of your prior exposure has been in a stand alone tertiary children’s hospital. The majority (80%) of urgent recalls to regional hospitals are neonatal, and at times you will be the only person present in the entire hospital…

A gentle nudge…

Children have a right to receive healthcare regardless of the decisions made by their parents. This week, the RACP released a further statement citing refusal to treat patients for non-vaccination as ‘unethical coercion’. Whilst the majority of paediatricians are clear on the benefits of vaccinations, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children. Under the…

Phone a Friend

As supervisor for the latest batch of interns that come through our emergency department I get to nurture them straight out of medical school, before the cynicism of the ward service sets in. It’s never the medicine that is a challenge, but the hidden curriculum that they are not taught in medical school. This time…