Dr Harris, do you concur?
Concur, with what, sir?
With what Dr Ashley just said, do you concur?

In the late 1960s international scammer and impostor Frank Abagnale posed as a medical officer in an paediatric hospital in the US state of Georgia. As the senior resident on the night shift he worked in a supervisory role. Getting the junior staff to manage all the cases allowed him to escape detection for 11 months. Most of his medical knowledge was derived from watching Dr Kildare, the popular TV medical drama of the time. Seeking and “running with” the majority opinion proved to be a good tactic. We concur.

Bluesfest Byron Bay, 2018

April marked the 29th anniversary of Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia’s Contemporary Blues and Roots Festival. From a modest crowd of 6000 people in 1990, the five-day festival now attracts 100,000 revelers each year and some of the world’s biggest music acts. Bluesfest has clearly grown in size over the last three decades, as has the Australian music festival scene with more and more festivals springing up each year and attracting ever larger audiences. But while Bluesfest has ballooned, it has managed to retain its fun family feel with much less drunken debauchery and less drug related incidences than other festivals of a similar scale. 

As a millennial, I’ve been to my fair share of music festivals over the past 15 years. However, this year was my first Bluesfest and it was a markedly different and welcome experience. It’s no secret alcohol has come to make up a large part of youth festival culture, the day becoming as much about socialising with friends as the music itself. Bluesfest on the other hand, attracts a different kind of festival-goer, one that rightly prioritises the blues over the booze.  

3-D illustration of a flu virus

Vaccination remains our best defence against seasonal influenza, which causes significant morbidity and mortality in the Australian community each year. You, as a vaccination provider, play a key role in informing the community about risks associated with influenza and of the importance of influenza vaccination.

- Professor Brendan Murphy, Australian Government Chief Medical Officer

A greater number of vaccine types and brands are now being distributed to Australian practices, with age restrictions applying to all registered vaccine brands.

This year there are influenza vaccines of differing valency:

  • Quadrivalent vaccines – two strains of influenza A (H1N1/Michigan & H3N2/Singapore and two strains of influenza B (Phuket and Brisbane).
  • Trivalent vaccines - – two strains of influenza A (H1N1/Michigan & H3N2/Singapore and one strain of influenza B (Phuket).

Talk Less, Listen More - Live

Author and psychologist, Michael Hawton, will host his parenting course ‘Talk Less Listen More’ LIVE as an interactive webinar over 3 weeks this June. Join one of Australia’s leading experts in managing difficult behavior, to learn simple and practical solutions that will help you teach your children to develop self-control and resilience.

Ranked in the top 3 programs across Australia with over 110,000 past participants, the online series aims to be more accessible to parents unable to attend the event in person at Byron Bay.

Over the 3 sessions, parents will be taught how to help their kids learn not to overreact, and build emotional maturity and resilience to improve their success in school. Parents will also gain confidence through strategies to reduce conflict in their household.

NorDocs, the Northern Rivers group of doctors that discusses local medical matters on its FaceBook page, is holding its first forum on 30 June at UCRH, Lismore, opposite Lismore Base Hospital. The forum will run from midday to 6 pm and will be followed by an informal dinner at a local watering hole.

The conference is based on the Unconference format where many of the delegates are also the presenters. This format provides the flexibility for participants to present and discuss matters that are of interest to them. These may be small items or short lived issues that would not normally attract the attention of larger medical organisations like Primary Health Networks or Local Hospital Districts.