NOVEMBER / DECEMBER ISSUE 2020

Welcome to the November/December edition of The NSW Doctor magazine.

FEATURES

President’s Word

PRESIDENT'S WORD Clearing the junk drawer We have a public and private system that is delicately balanced. And while everything may seem ok on the surface, if we don’t take care of funding issues now things will get very messy, very quickly. Everyone has that drawer in their house. You know, the drawer that serves [...]

From the CEO

FROM THE CEO Getting back to other business NSW’s success at keeping COVID relatively contained has meant we can get back to other issues that matter to members. In a recent, rather terse, exchange with a Government organisation, the person on the other end of the Zoom meeting said to me, “What business is it [...]

Delicate Operation: balancing public and private healthcare

BALANCING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HEALTHCARE DELICATE OPERATION: BALANCING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HEALTHCARE Declining take-up of private health insurance by young Australians and greater representation of older people threatens to disrupt the delicate balance between public and private health. It’s time to stop the death spiral of private health insurance. The AMA released its prescription for [...]

Under pressure and underfunded

UNDER PRESSURE AND UNDERFUNDED UNDER PRESSURE AND UNDERFUNDED The AMA’s Public Hospital Report Card reveals a public hospital system that is struggling to cope with record demand. The message is clear: change is needed. Delays to treatment, bed shortages, and lengthy waiting lists for elective surgery will come as no surprise to doctors. In our [...]

Payroll tax and medical practices

PAYROLL TAX AND MEDICAL PRACTICES PAYROLL TAX AND MEDICAL PRACTICES Payroll tax threatens medical practices at a time when many are already struggling with the fallout from devastating bushfires and a global pandemic. AMA (NSW) recently met with Revenue NSW to discuss the increase in payroll tax audits undertaken in relation to medical practices. During [...]

Making doctors’ mental health a priority

MAKING DOCTOR'S MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY MAKING DOCTOR'S MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY Looking after doctors’ health and wellbeing not only protects the medical workforce, it’s conducive to good patient care. Get on with it. Power through. Suck it up. There is a pervasive attitude in medicine that doctors have a duty of care to patients [...]

Patient advocates

PATIENT ADVOCATES PATIENT ADVOCATES Integration between health and legal services can benefit patients facing socioeconomic adversity. As the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic ripple across the country, doctors are seeing patients who are experiencing increasingly complex circumstances. Factors such as financial uncertainty, housing instability and family upheaval can interact with mental health [...]

Behind the scenes

BEHIND THE SCENES BEHIND THE SCENES The role of occupational hygienists in the COVID-19 response has attracted attention recently, but there still seems to be some confusion or lack of awareness about what an occupational hygienist does and how their work protects healthcare workers. Contributor Jane Whitelaw explains… Occupational Hygiene is a science and engineering-based [...]

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Financial paracetamol

FINANCIAL PARACETAMOL FINANCIAL PARACETAMOL Welcome to the November edition of Financial Paracetamol. Top tips for starting in private practice. The things you can’t afford to get wrong! The transition from being an employee or contractor to establishing your own private practice is a significant step in any medical practitioner’s career. Whilst this decision and next [...]

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