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June OFCA career in general practice involves meeting all kinds of people and treating all kinds of illnesses. These experiences inspired regional Victorian GP Dr Paul Carter to put pen to paper and write about some of the patients he has treated in his 28 years in rural general practice. With two books on the shelves, plus a third on the way, Dr Carter has many tales to tell. 

GPs may be trained to treat any number of different patients, but caring for fellow healthcare professionals can present a number of unique situations. A recent RACGP-led Twitter conversation raised several ideas on treating doctors general practice. 

Workplace-related mental health consultation are on the rise in general practice. GPs can help by better understanding the complexities of psychological work-related injuries, as well as how to appropriately work with employers and insurers.

New recommendations by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee are set to change the way hepatitis C is managed in general practice. New treatments will be shorter and have fewer side effects, and, according to a GP with a special interest in the area, make managing hepatitis C in general practice safer and more attractive.

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria has developed two new resources to make it easier for healthcare professionals raise the issue of driving cessation among people living with dementia.