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The Risks of Lousy Lawmaking….

by Jim Wilkinson

The risks of lousy lawmaking….
Dr Jim Wilkinson MB BS M.Hlth Law ( Syd) FFARACS  FANZCA

The Left of politics has been rejoicing at its latest “triumph” in Tasmania.  I am referring to the Reproductive Health Bill that has passed the lower house in Hobart on the votes of 13 compliant Labor MPs.  The Mercury in Hobart reported that women’s groups and “Medical bodies” had welcomed this. On closer scrutiny, the only “medical body” to declare this appears to be a family planning and abortion clinic in Hobart.

“Wilko’s View on Paying Bills”

by Jim Wilkinson

2013 Wilko Report Tuesday 6 May

“Wilko’s view on paying bills”

A colleague mentioned last week how he had revised his billing practices to cope with a large outstanding sum of fees owing to his practice.

I am a dinosaur in this respect. My parents never had more than the old basic wage but taught us to always pay your bills. When my dad retired in 1974 he was on $60 a week – the same year my basic pay in my  first year after graduation was $90. But my parents had no debts and certainly no money owing to doctors. They would have been mortified if there was ever an overdue account notice – there never was. They were old stock who had grown up in times of  war and depression and could make things last or do without. They  never had a credit card, needless to say. We were lucky no one in the family had a severe chronic illness of course.

‘Facing up to Facebook’

by Jim Wilkinson

2013 Wilko Report 30 April 2013

‘Facing up to Facebook’

“Social media” are dangerous places for the unwary – ask the parents of any teenager who as been driven to self harm or even suicide  by cyber bullying. But they can also
prove to be an effective way of filtering who really are your friends and enemies.
I use facebook a lot. I can post messages and interesting news items for friends and also limit who sees these items. I am outspoken on many things. That abrades some people, usually not my friends, but some times they are people whom I like. I am a professed arch conservative after all.

In Praise of Surgeons and Anaesthetists…

by Jim Wilkinson
2013 April 23rd Wilko Report In praise of surgeons and anaesthetists… One of  the unintended consequences of  “The War of ‘84’” – that is, the NSW Doctors’ Dispute with the Wran Labor Government, was the invention of the term,  “Cognitive Specialties”. I have no idea who gave birth to this term. It was used to differentiate doctors who did not do technical and surgical procedures from those who gave thought and advice only to patients. Thus surgeons, anaesthetists, surgeons assistants and some radiologists fell into another category, “procedural specialists”. With the rise of interventional radiology, cardiology and many physicians now […]

True “Reform” of the Practice of Medicine

by Jim Wilkinson

The Wilko Report for Tuesday Feb 26th, 2013

True “Reform” of the Practice of Medicine

Since 2007, the Federal Government has thrown the word “Reform”  around as much as it has broadcast our hard earned tax dollars ( as well as money borrowed Wan, Yen, Euros and anything else  they can clutch at) into the aether.
“Reform” is spoken of as though it is all good, but the word literally means re- shaping – improvement is not inherent. An opportunity presents itself for our profession, if only our colleagues have enough “gumption” to rear up and slay the dragon of bureaucracy that is slowly destroying them. The ADF has sent a questionnaire to doctors seeking to quantify the worth ( if any) of assorted bureaucratic confections that are trying to stick their beaks into the way we practice.
There are 8 bureaucracies in the list:

A NEW FORM OF CHILD NEGLECT…..

by Jim Wilkinson

 

A recent feature article in a Sunday paper showed a young woman teacher with her beautiful young son who was perhaps 3 years old. She was proudly telling the world that she “didn’t believe in vaccinating her boy’ against infectious diseases as she thought he was better to develop his own immunity “naturally”. I wonder what she will say if and when he chokes to death from diphtheria or whooping cough, or is paralysed forever by poliomyelitis, or dies a miserable slow death from measles encephalitis.

Aussie girls to compete in World Bobsleigh Championships

by Jim Wilkinson
Brisbane Veterinary surgeon, Astrid Radjenovic will pilot her bobsleigh early Saturday morning ( Brisbane time) in the first 2 of 4 runs in the World Championships of this exciting sport. The contest will take place on the Mt Hoevenberg track in Lake Placid, New York State. Astrid is pictured ( foreground) with brakewoman Ebony Gorincu at the start of a recent World Cup Race in Altenberg, Germany, in which she was placed 9th, the best ever result by an Australian bobsled.
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