David Guest, Chairman NRGPN

Modern general practice is not confined to the consultation room. As practitioners we are constantly striving to improve our medical knowledge and keep abreast of new facilities and techniques available in the local area. When new approaches are enabled by funding changes from Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs, we adapt our practices to address the health issues of our patients.

Read more: Chairman's Report - April 2014

by Robin Osborne, Editor

Hepatitis may not be a matter for celebration but a high note was struck in the Northern Rivers at the start of NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week (21-18 July) with the opening of a new Liver Clinic in Lismore.


Read more: New Liver Clinic marks Hepatitis Week

A new study of the demands on older rural GPs signals a coming workforce crisis unless professional and personal pressures can be better managed. 


A recently released study of the work pressures and resulting lifestyle challenges faced by rural general practitioners aged 55 years or older has identified a range of strategies that GPs feel are likely to keep them working happily for longer.



Read more: Putting work life into healthy practice

Some 85 per cent of NSW North Coast residents rate their health as excellent, very good or good, putting them equal top with those living in the catchments of the other Regional 2 peer-grouped Medicare Locals (Country South SA ranked the lowest, at 77 per cent).


Read more: Where we live and how we feel


Sharing an EMU cake to celebrate the opening of Lismore Base Hospital’s new Emergency Medicine Unit were (l-r) Lynne Weir, Executive Director Richmond Clarence Health Service Group and General Manager LBH, John Coombes, Deputy Engineer Maintenance Department LBH, Michael Smith, Ambulance Service NSW, Andy Chandler RN Emergency Department, Mary-Lou McFadzean NUM Emergency Department , Kevin Carter, Business Manager Richmond Clarence Health Service Group, and Heather Gould LBH Bed Manager.



Read more: LBH’s new EMU takes flight