May 2011

AFP Cover 2011 May


May 2011 Vol 40 (5) 257–352

The theme for the May issue of AFP is menopause. This month's articles include hormone therapy, menopausal transition, sex and perimenopause, lifestyle therapies, breast cancer, polymyalgia rheumatica and Mifepristone.




Janice Charles, Ying Pan, Graeme C Miller

Menopausal transition

Assessment in general practice

Sue Reddish

Sex and perimenopause

Susan R Davis, Fiona Jane

Hormone therapy

Where are we now?

Helena J Teede, Amanda Vincent

What works?

Evidence for lifestyle and nonprescription therapies in menopause

Emma Warnecke

Up front

Opportunity cost

Carolyn O’Shea

Letters to the editor



Elizabeth Rose

Just a sore throat?

Kam Cheong Wong

Acute unilateral facial nerve palsy

Siew Swan Yeong, Peter Tassone

Cough from megaoesophagus

Yahya Al-Habbal

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Diagnosis and management

Oliver van Hecke


Follow up after breast cancer

Views of Australian women

Meagan Brennan, Phyllis Butow, Andrew J Spillane, Michelle Marven, Frances M Boyle

Long term persistence with statin therapy

Experience in Australia 2006–2010

Leon A Simons, Michael Ortiz, Gordon Calcino

Antibiotics for URTI and UTI

Prescribing in Malaysian primary care settings

Cheong Lieng Teng, Seng Fah Tong, Ee Ming Khoo, Verna Lee, Abu Hassan Zailinawati, Omar Mimi, Wei Seng Chen, Salleh Nordin

Indigenous community care

Documented depression in patients with diabetes

Damin Si, Michelle Dowden, Catherine Kennedy, Rhonda Cox, Lynette O’Donoghue, Helen Liddle, Ru Kwedza, Christine Connors, Sandra Thompson, Hugh Burke, Alex Brown, Tarun Weeramanthri, Gill Shierhout, Ross Bailie

Depression in general practice

Consultation duration and problem solving therapy

David Pierce, Jane Gunn


Centrelink forms

A guide for GPs

Kath O’Connor

Mifepristone in South Australia

The first 1343 tablets

Ea Mulligan, Hayley Messenger

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Nyoli Valentine


AFP Podcasts

Interviews May 2011

Sex and perimenopause

Professor Sue Davis discusses issues around sex and the perimenopause. She provides a structure for considering the causes, information on assessment and a summary of some of the key elements in management

Duration: 16 minutes 13 seconds
File size: 4MB

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Depression in general practice – consultation duration and problem solving therapy

A/Prof David Pierce is a GP who has done some research showing that experienced GPs are able to integrate structured problem solving psychological therapies into their consultations with depressed patients after training without increasing the duration of the consultation

Duration: 10 minutes 17 seconds
File size: 2MB

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What works? Evidence for lifestyle and nonprescription therapies in menopause

Dr Emma Warnecke discusses what we know about the evidence for non prescription options for symptom management in the menopause. She also reminds us of the opportunities for identification and management of risk factors at this time

Duration: 10 minutes 55 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Menopausal transition – assessment in general practice

Dr Sue Reddish is a GP who discusses how she approaches the assessment of a women in menopausal transition

Duration: 13 minutes 44 seconds
File size: 3MB

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