An Emergency Physician with a special interest in education and lifelong learning. When not drinking coffee and reading Batman comics he is playing with his children.

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The good old days

As I introduced the latest batch of interns to the department I thought back to my first few days as a doctor and how I have changed. I qualified in 1997 and I still remember lots of things about my first year. I remember the fear of being on-call, the physical and mental exhaustion that…

Molluscum contagiosum

  It started as one or two raised little bumps under her arm. They didn’t seem to bother her but as time went on they seemed to increase in number.  As a handful became too many to count her parents became concerned. What were these fleshy little lumps? Why wouldn’t they go away? Could they…

Poop Patrol

It’s the one question that all parents seem to ask about their newborn – “Is this normal? How can such a small thing create such a lot of mess?” One of the things that stood out to me from Ross Fisher’s presentation on “What every Paediatric Surgeon wished you knew” was the line “There is…

Urine collection


Urine, the other amber nectar, is something we seem to want to check in nearly every unwell appearing child.  But what do you do if they just don’t want to go?  You’ve filled them up with icy poles or dilute apple juice and you are just waiting for a sample to be produced.  As a…

Blue Ringed Octopus

One of the highlights of the holiday season, here in Australia, is being able to go to the beach (please don’t try this in the north). Victoria is one of the safer states when it comes to dangerous critters but the local news has reported sightings of another of the ‘world’s deadliest creatures’ at my…

Looking back, Looking forward


One of the nice things about living in Australia is being amongst the first to welcome in the new year.  As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 creeps out from under duvet, it is time to take a look back at the last year on DFTB.