WONCA Rural Conference 2015 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

I was extraordinarily privileged to be able to attend and contribute to the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Rural Conference in picturesque Dubrovnik, Croatia on 15th-18th April, 2015 (on Twitter: #woncarural2015). The conference also had a specific stream for the Croatian college of family doctors (KoHOM) 6th congress, with a mascot which, after a…

On Leaving a Country Practice

My time has come to leave the Clare Medical Centre where I have worked for almost 15 months during my GP training.  This has evoked mixed emotions in me and my patients and colleagues.  I am excited about a new time in my life beginning, yet I am sad to leave good friends, colleagues and…

Trust me, I’m a (SNAP) doctor!

Should GPs bother asking patients about lifestyle factors? I was talking with GP registrar extraodinaire, Dr. Gerry Considine recently about how I felt that some of our attempts at preventive health in consultations can seem quite ineffectual for patients – like we are just going through the motions.  A few examples included the discussions we have…

“I hurt my mate!”

I was delighted to hear a story about my cousin’s daughter Eva referring to her thumb as her “mate”.  Her grandpa had taught her to do a ‘thumbs up’ and explained to her that you can say “g’day mate!” when you give someone the thumbs up.  She logically assumed therefore that this particular appendage was…