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March OFCImproving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients has long been a challenge in general practice. However, GPs have played a vital role in recent improvements in life expectancy, infant mortality and smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

The computer has become perhaps the most important tool on a health practitioner’s desk, but many GPs don’t use their medical software to its full potential. Increased use of electronic clinical decision support, which provides clinicians with patient-specific information at appropriate times during a consultation, can help improve patient outcomes and doctor efficiency.

Endometriosis is a complex disease that affects an estimated one million Australian. With almost seven years between initial symptoms and surgical diagnosis, GPs can play a major role in earlier detection and intervention for women with the disease.

Referral letters play a significant part in a GP’s role as a patient’s coordinator of care. A well written referral letter can go a long way in helping specialists determine the best course of action for a patient’s health and wellbeing.

Providing general practice services to those experiencing homelessness can be a challenging task. The Freo Street Doctor in Fremantle, WA, is a mobile clinic that holds nine sessions a week in various locations throughout the city, seeing more than 2500 patients every year.

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