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  1. VVCS: Providing Free Support and Counselling for Veterans and Their Families

    Brenton Russell was going through a hard time. After working for 15 years as an Infantry Officer in the Army, he had become accustomed to the demands of military life….

  2. The Smoke Free App: Helping Patients Quit, And Quit for Good

    Kerry smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 11 years. Although she had tried to quit smoking many times, she’d never managed to do so successfully — until she…

  3. How to Help Patients Explain Their Symptoms to Doctors Using Visuals

    John was experiencing chronic pain. Although his discomfort began in childhood, as an adult, he began to experience a steady decline. He had gut problems that caused him pain and…

  4. Business for Doctors: The Making of a Thriving Community, Dr. April Armstrong

    Sara Renwick was burnt out. As a doctor in the small town of Mallacoota, VIC, she was looking after an entire rural community of aged patients on her own. Perhaps…

  5. MoodTracker App: Helping Patients Manage Mental Health Between Doctor Visits

    At 28 years old, Jill was working as a rural nurse and midwife until one day, she felt like she just couldn’t do it any longer. She experienced what she…

  6. The Doctor Who Took a 10-Year-Old Seriously, And the 20 Year Friendship that Ensued

    Chrissie was in pain far too frequently for a 10-year-old. It wasn’t unusual for her to run off the netball court or a dancing stage to vomit. Sometimes, she’d wake…

  7. The Patient Health Engagement Model: The 4 Stages of Engagement and the Patient’s Role in Self-Management

    At 63 years old, Lucas had been living with a diagnosis of heart failure for over a decade. To control his condition, he was taking beta blockers and antihyperintensive drugs…

  8. How Patient Stories Impact Patient Engagement: A Conversation with Jan Oldenburg

    When Katie was just 13, her mother noticed that her smile looked more like a grimace. This simple observation was a life-changing one, leading Katie to a diagnosis of myasthenia…

  9. A Nurse’s Role in Humanising Healthcare: A Conversation with Adjunct Prof. Kylie Ward

    Hugh was 19 when he was awoken by a call from his mum around 6am. Over the phone she explained his grandpa had been admitted to Frankston hospital after having…

  10. Mindfulness Tips for General Practitioners

    I stumbled on mindfulness intuitively as a teenager. While I may not have called it that at the time, I can now look back and see that I was definitely…

  11. The iSOLVE Project: Falls Prevention and the Role of General Practice

    The iSOLVE project is a partnership between the University of Sydney, the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN). The project aims to provide a whole…

  12. HMR Referrals: A New ‘Home Medication Review’ Solution for General Practices

    HMR Referrals is a national solution, helping Australian general practices deliver better medication management outcomes to their patients. In just 12-months of operation, HMR Referrals has won several awards, including…

  13. Marriage Equality and Health Outcomes: A Twin’s Perspective

    I have worked as HotDoc’s Finance Manager for just over two years. I’m proud to work for a company genuinely devoted to making patient’s lives better. I’m also proud to…

  14. When the Recipe is the Remedy: A Conversation With Dr Mukesh Haikerwal

    Dr Mukesh Haikerwal has been in general practice for over 30 years. He currently heads Altona North Medical Group in Melbourne with his wife, Dr Karyn Alexander. Over the years,…

  15. How to Say ‘No!’ to Drug Seekers: A Conversation with Dr Nick Carr

    For 25 years, Dr Nick Carr from St Kilda Medical Group has been teaching GPs how not to write prescriptions for drug seekers. He runs a workshop for all GP…

  16. Dr Sally Lapin: Lessons on Grief, Resilience and Common Ground from Mongolia, PNG and Ethiopia

    Dr Sally Lapin (pictured above) is principle of Armadale Family Practice in Melbourne. She has garnered extensive experience overseas, as a researcher and locum medical officer, in countries like Ethiopia,…

  17. The Value of Continuity of Care, Today and Tomorrow

    Uber’s Customer Satisfaction Model In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion in social media. News is no longer consumed via newspapers and other traditional means. Almost everyone carries a mobile…

  18. Meet Dr Sally Lapin, GP at Armadale Family Practice (and the CEO’s mum!)

    Meet Dr Sally Lapin from Armadale Family Practice, and find out about what she thinks the future of general practice will bring.

  19. Meet Dr Nick Tellis from Partridge Street General Practice

    Meet Dr Nick Tellis from Partridge Street General Practice – read about the practice and what he sees as the future of healthcare.

  20. Meet Teresita from Olkokola Catholic Mission in Tanzania

    HotDoc News subscriber Teresita shares her story about her experience moving to Tanzania to work as a nurse on the other side of the world.

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