[8 min read] Managing patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hyperandrogenic hormonal disorder affecting around 11 to 13 per cent of women of reproductive age in Australia. It is characterised by androgen excess, characteristically causing a polycystic appearance of the ovaries, but also manifesting as metabolic sequalae such as insulin resistance and menstrual disturbance due to anovulatory cycles, and phenotypic changes such as hirsutism. Continue reading “[8 min read] Managing patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)”

[Podcast] Integrating aesthetic services into a skin cancer practice | Conversations with Prof David Wilkinson

aesthetic services

Welcome to this podcast series, Conversations with Professor David Wilkinson! In this episode, Professor David Wilkinson (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University) speaks with Dr Stephen Wassall – who works as a Skin Cancer & Aesthetic Medicine Doctor in a dedicated primary care clinic in New South Wales – about his journey integrating aesthetic services into a skin cancer or primary care practice. Continue reading “[Podcast] Integrating aesthetic services into a skin cancer practice | Conversations with Prof David Wilkinson”

[2 min watch] What instruments should I use in skin cancer surgery wound closure?

skin cancer surgery

“The instruments that I would recommend for wound closure are the most basic instruments you need for closing a wound.” In this insightful video, course presenter and Skin Cancer Doctor Francis Tan gives his practical advice on the instruments and tools you need for conducting skin cancer surgery in your general practice. Continue reading “[2 min watch] What instruments should I use in skin cancer surgery wound closure?”

[Online lecture] Nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease & irritable bowel syndrome

irritable bowel syndrome

Approximately one in five Australians experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some time. In this insightful online lecture, Accredited Practising Dietitian Alexandra Burke discusses how you can help your patients alleviate IBS through two of the common elimination diets. Continue reading “[Online lecture] Nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease & irritable bowel syndrome”

[8 min read] Managing blistering dermatoses in primary care

blistering dermatoses

Blistering dermatoses in adult patients are a challenge not only for dermatologists but also for primary care physicians. Most of these dermatoses fall into one of four categories: inherited, pemphigus, autoimmune, and other. Here is a guide to managing these presentations in general practice. Continue reading “[8 min read] Managing blistering dermatoses in primary care”

[6 min read] Supporting patients with pregnancy in primary care

pregnancy

The general practitioner is often the first place a woman turns to after finding out she is pregnant. It is important to remain open-minded and non-judgemental when faced with a new pregnancy, and to use plain language to communicate.

Continue reading “[6 min read] Supporting patients with pregnancy in primary care”

[5 min read] Management of cannabidiol (CBD) in primary care

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Curious about Medicinal Cannabis?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two dominant cannabinoids in the cannabis species. Since its discovery in 1940 CBD has been subject to investigation for its potential to treat a wide range of symptoms and diseases. Unlike its counterpart THC, CBD lacks intoxicating effects which allows for a broader capacity to prescribe in varied patient demographics.

Continue reading “[5 min read] Management of cannabidiol (CBD) in primary care”

[Podcast] Managing challenges in busy medical practices | Conversations with Prof David Wilkinson

medical practices

Welcome to this podcast series, Conversations with Professor David Wilkinson! In this episode, Professor David Wilkinson (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University) speaks with Paul Elmslie (Founder and CEO of HealthCert Education and National Skin Cancer Centres) to explore some of the challenges faced by medical practice owners and managers. Continue reading “[Podcast] Managing challenges in busy medical practices | Conversations with Prof David Wilkinson”

Medicinal Cannabis FAQs: Evidence for medicinal cannabis

medicinal cannabis

[12 min watch] With the launch of our new online Professional Diploma of Medicinal Cannabis program – the first university-reviewed program in medicinal cannabis for doctors in Australia – Dr Joe Kosterich recently held an insightful webinar on the uses and benefits of medicinal cannabis in primary care. Continue reading “Medicinal Cannabis FAQs: Evidence for medicinal cannabis”

[7 min watch] Practical advice for conducting skin cancer checks

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“From the moment a patient walks through the door to the time they leave the room, there are many opportunities to do something differently from everybody else.” In this insightful video, course presenter and Skin Cancer Doctor Hamilton Ayres gives his practical advice for conducting skin cancer checks and educating your patients about skin cancer prevention and early detection. Continue reading “[7 min watch] Practical advice for conducting skin cancer checks”