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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.