Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Rowena Ivers

MBBS, FRACGP, is Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales

A circle of silence: The attitudes of patients older than 65 years of age to ceasing long-term sleeping tablets

Benzodiazepines are a widely prescribed class of medication, estimated to be used by 15.7% of the Australian population older than 65 years of age.1 They are indicated for short-term management of...

Outpatient alcohol withdrawal management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Withdrawal management can be an essential step on the path to abstinence but may also help to interrupt a pattern of heavy and dependent use, and facilitate engagement in further treatment. Medical...

Patients’ attitudes towards chaperone use for intimate physical examinations in general practice

Patient presentations that require intimate physical examination (IPE) are common in general practice.1 Across a variety of clinical contexts, international studies investigating patients...

Should naltrexone be the first-line medicine to treat alcohol dependence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations? An Australian perspective

A higher proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are non-drinkers, compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. However, those who drink are more likely to consume alcohol...

Addressing high rates of smoking in remote Aboriginal communities New evidence for GPs

In the Northern Territory, several surveys since 1986 have documented remote community smoking rates ranging from 61–85%.4–6 These have remained relatively unchanged, particularly in the ‘Top End’....


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