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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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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…

DSP Reassessments - the new phrenology

It seems inevitable according to most commentators that some type of reassessment of DSP recipients under 35 will be introduced into the Budget tonight. Figures as high as 30,000 people to be affected…

Can we make whiplash less of a pain in the neck?

Once upon a time, not too long ago, ‘whiplash injury’ was regarded as a prototypical malingerer’s diagnosis. I can even remember an episode of the Brady Bunch where the dad ‘proved’ the plaintiff in a…

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