Dentist sues patient for defamation over online review

The Age, 29 January 2017
Authors: Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago
“A prominent Melbourne dentist has taken defamation action against a patient who posted a scathing online review after claiming he was quoted $1200 for a filling that would take only 45 minutes. The dispute is not the first occasion a Melbourne medical practitioner has taken issue with an online review and called in the lawyers.”
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One third of ICU doctors bullied, survey finds, prompting crackdown by College of Intensive Care Medicine

SMH, 29 January 2017
Author: Kate Aubusson
“The College of Intensive Care and Medicine (CICM) has moved to stamp out bullying, discrimination and harassment in ICUs. The college surveyed almost 1000 fellows and trainees and found one third reported being bullied in the past two years. A total of 12 per cent report they had experienced discrimination and 3 per cent reporting being sexually harassed.”
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Medical practitioner reprimanded by tribunal for unprofessional performance

Medical Board of Australia, 16 January 2017
“A tribunal has reprimanded a medical practitioner and ordered him to pay a fine of $2,500 plus costs incurred by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for behaving in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance.”
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Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7

Date of judgment: 13 January 2017
“By way of a final report (the Final Report), the PSR Committee found that Dr Selia had engaged in “inappropriate practice” as defined in s 82(1)(d) of the Act in connection with providing certain services referred to the PSR Committee for investigation under the Act, including:(1) Dr Selia’s practice of billing Medicare for dental services in advance of their provision; and (2) the provision of dental services by dentists employed by Dr Selia using his Medicare provider number.”
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Doctors Want To Learn More About Treating Transgender Patients, Survey Shows

Huffington Post, 12 January 2017
Author: Anna Almendrala
“One in three transgender patients reports experiencing serious discrimination or bias when seeking medical care, even when that care is unrelated to their transgender status. While some of these negative interactions in health care may stem from discriminatory attitudes on the part of medical care professionals, a survey reveals that doctors feel they lack the training they need to feel confident when treating transgender patients.”
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Medscape Emergency Physician Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout

Medscape, 11 January 2017
Author: Carol Peckham
“Much research has gone into studying patient race and ethnicity and their effect on the care received. Medscape’s Emergency Physician Lifestyle Survey asked emergency medicine (EM) doctors how they racially and ethnically self-identify in order to explore associations with patient care, personal choices, and levels of happiness. The survey also posed questions from previous years about burnout, bias, and other lifestyle factors. More than 14,000 physicians from over 27 specialties responded and provided some surprising results.”
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Too many patients receiving unnecessary medicine, doctors say

The Age, 9 January 2017
Author: Julia Medew
“Greed, fear of legal action, and widespread commercial influences are contributing to a costly global trend towards unnecessary and potentially harmful medicine. An international group of leading doctors and academics say up to one-third of many medical procedures are now being done unnecessarily, causing physical, psychological and financial harm that could threaten the viability of healthcare systems. A landmark report in The Lancet medical journal said more needed to be done to address inappropriate medicine, which includes deliberate over-servicing by doctors for their own financial gain.”
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