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Latest Issue: December 2016

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August

Adolescent sex, contraception and health

In this podcast, Melissa Kang attempts to enlighten Steve Trumble on successful communication with young people about their sexuality and sexual risks

Duration: 11 minutes 16 seconds
File size: 2MB

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Youth sexual activity

Dr Melissa Kang has a special interest in the sexual health of young people. In this interview, she observes changing patterns in youth sexual activity and some basic principles of safe sexual behaviour

Duration: 11 minutes 16 seconds
File size: 2MB

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The mental health of adolescents - Assessment and management

Dr Graham Fleming is a GP in rural South Australia who saw a problem with youth suicide in his area and went ahead and fixed it. He talks about practical approaches to adolescent mental health.

Duration: 13 minutes 32 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Overweight and obese adolescents

Overweight and obese adolescents face significant problems with their physical and emotional health. Professor Kate Steinbeck outlines the GP’s role in advocating for these kids and helping them reach realistic goals

Duration: 13 minutes 14 seconds
File size: 3MB

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July

Cardiac pacemakers

Cardiac pacemakers have come a long way in the 50 years since the first model needed its batteries changed after 3 hours. Dr Geoff Toogood discusses the indications for cardiac pacing

Duration: 9 minutes 3 seconds
File size: 2MB

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Management of cardiac arrhythmias: pharmacological treatment of supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias

Dr Peter Kistler talks with Steve Trumble in the first of three podcasts on the management of cardiac arrhythmias. This interview focuses on his article in the pharmacological treatment of supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias.

Duration: 11 minutes 32 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is becoming increasingly common, especially in older people. In this podcast, Dr Peter Kistler discusses the control of rate and rhythm in atrial fibrillation

Duration: 7 minutes 12 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Management of arrhythmias: cardiac catheters

In the final of his three podcasts, Dr Peter Kistler looks at the use of cardiac catheters in the management of arrhythmias

Duration: 6 minutes 10 seconds
File size: 1MB

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June

Surviving training

Your first day in general practice can be a mixture of excitement and terror. Victorian registrar Dr Emily Walsh explains how she survived her first training term, and felt like a real doctor at last

Duration: 15 minutes 38 seconds
File size: 4MB

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May

Prevention of malaria in travellers

Malaria is more than an inconvenience for Australian travellers; it is a serious disease that kills and injures millions of people each year. Dr Trish Batchelor talks with Steve Trumble about appropriate prevention and prophylaxis

Duration: 10 minutes 47 seconds
File size: 2MB

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The pre-travel consultation

Dr Tony Gherardin discusses the approach to the intending traveler. What do they need to know and what does their GP need to tell them?

Duration: 10 minutes 4 seconds
File size: 2MB

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Travel vaccination

Many Australian travellers baulk at the idea of paying for vaccines before they set off on their great adventures. But, as Dr Sonny Lau explains to Steve Trumble, GPs can help even those on a tight budget to invest wisely in the right vaccines

Duration: 15 minutes 4 seconds
File size: 3MB

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April

Somatising disorders

Dr Louise Stone looks at what’s going on with some of our most challenging patients: those who somatise their problems. Are we helping by proving to them that there's "nothing wrong" when there clearly is?

Duration: 13 minutes 40 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Cognitive behaviour therapy in general practice

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is revolutionising the way GPs treat patients with anxiety and depression. Dr Sarah Edelman talks about what types of CBT work best in the general practice setting.

Duration: 13 minutes 29 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Pharmacological treatment for depression and anxiety in general practice

Medication has no place in the management of mild depression, and only a limited role in moderate depression. Severe depression usually requires drug treatment and Dr Steve Ellen discusses some golden rules for prescribing

Duration: 19 minutes 17 seconds
File size: 4MB

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How GPs can help patients adjusting to illness and other major life events

GPs occupy a unique position in being able to help people who are going through major life events. Professor David Clarke talks about the various coping strategies people use, and how we can help them cope more effectively.

Duration: 27 hours 48 minutes seconds
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March

Postmenopausal bleeding

Postmenopausal bleeding is always a cause for concern. An obvious, benign cause could be obscuring a carcinoma. Gynaecological oncologist Dr Alison Brand talks to Steve Trumble about how GPs should respond

Duration: 13 minutes 48 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Routine clinical breast and pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women

Why do we do routine clinical breast and pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women? Is there any evidence that it increases the detection of breast or gynaecological malignancies? Associate Professor Jill Thistlethwaite and Dr Rebecca Stewart used an RACGP Silagy Scholarship to find out.

Duration: 14 minutes 59 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Update on Pap tests

The launch of Australia's new vaccine for preventing certain strains of Human Papilloma Virus holds great promise in reducing the incidence of cervical cancer. But do we run the risk of missing tumors by slackening off on cervical cytology screening? Dr Stella Heley provides an update on Pap tests in this brave new world.

Duration: 17 minutes 22 seconds
File size: 4MB

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Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose and hence it is often not detected before it is well advanced. Associate Professor Margaret Davey talks about some of the patient factors that should raise a GP's index of suspicion

Duration: 9 minutes 57 seconds
File size: 2MB

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