Challenging life stages

April 2014

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Challenging life stages

April 2014 Vol 43 (4) 161-240

This month's articles include cognitive decline, paediatric palliative care, perinatal mental health, struggling at school, chronic disease management plans, hip pain in young adults and rational test ordering.


Paediatric psychological problems

Allan J Pollack, Christopher Harrison, Janice Charles, Helena Britt

Managing dementia-related cognitive decline in patients and their caregivers

Edward Strivens, Denise Craig

Paediatric palliative care – the role of the GP

Nicole Armitage, Susan Trethewie

Perinatal mental health

Identifying problems and managing medications

Anne Buist

Struggling at school

A practical approach to the child who is not coping

Frank Oberklaid

Up front

The art of general practice

Sarah Metcalfe


Blame, shame and hopelessness: medically unexplained symptoms and the ‘heartsink’ experience

Louise Stone

Approach to low back pain – osteopathy

Brett Vaughan, Tracy Morrison, Della Buttigieg, Chris Macfarlane, Gary Fryer

Flashes and floaters

A practical approach to assessment and management

Shyalle Kahawita, Sumu Simon, Jolly Gilhotra

Hip pain in young adults

Miguel Fernandez, Peter Wall, John O’Donnell, Damian Griffin


Can chronic disease management plans including occupational therapy and physiotherapy services contribute to reducing falls risk in older people?

Lynette Mackenzie, Lindy Clemson

Finding a segue into sex: young men’s views on discussing sexual health with a GP

Sarah Latreille, Archibald Collyer, Meredith Temple-Smith

Up close – reasons why parents attend their general practitioner when their child is sick

Mohna Sharma, Tim Usherwood


Getting the balance right between generalism and specialisation

Does remuneration matter?

Anthony Scott

Appointment Zen – shaping demand and matching capacity

Andrew Knight, Tony Lembke

Back pages

Clinical challenge


AFP Podcasts

Interviews April 2014

Perinatal mental health

Professor Anne Buist, Director of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Austin Health and Northpark hospital discusses perinatal mental health with a particular focus on managing medications in general practice

Duration: 12 minutes 16 seconds
File size: 17MB

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The child having difficulties at school

Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, talks about the role of the GP in assessment of the child who is having difficulties at school.

Duration: 12 minutes 49 seconds
File size: 18MB

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