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Formed in 1998, Barwon Health is one of the largest and most comprehensive regional health services in Australia, providing care at all stages of life and circumstance.

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Médecins sans employment

The extraordinary clash of views between Treasurer Joe Hockey and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Brian Owler about the funding for a new medical school in Perth is just the latest example…

Why scrape the barnacles off a ship of fools?

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” - Otto von Bismarck So as well as deciding to financially kneecap bulk-billing GPs, the Federal Government has…
Pain-related behaviour is remarkably consistent between cultures. sybanto/Shutterstock

‘I feel your pain’: measuring the unmeasurable

There may be many pitfalls in an argument which equates sensation in humans with nervous discharges from frogs skin. – Edgar Adrian, 1932 Nobel Prize in Medicine Humans seem to experience pain, whether…

Acupuncture, zombie fish and Humpty Dumpty

_“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so…
Only around 10% of the codeine dose will give you analgesia, but 100% of it will give you side effects. Andrzej Wilusz

Health Check: how do you choose strong painkillers?

Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen will usually be strong enough to alleviate common aches and pains. But if you’re suffering from acute pain from dental…

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