In a report whose recommendations are unlikely to gain traction until after the federal election, and perhaps only then if the Coalition fails to regain office, the Dietitians Association of Australia is leading a push to thoroughly update the 26-year-old National Nutrition Policy.

Alarmed by the impacts of poor diet on preventable chronic conditions the DAA has launched the Nourish Not Neglect report, an advocacy document aimed at addressing Australia’s $70 billion p.a. bill for chronic illness.

Despite this unaffordable situation, the National Nutrition Policy has not been updated in more than a quarter-century, during which time Australia has slipped from being a “global leader” in dietary influenced health practices.

Dr Tony Lembke

Dr Tony Lembke retired as the Chair of the North Coast Primary Health Network in December 2018. He looks back at his time with the various primary health care support organisations from the early 1990s until today.

Not long after I joined the Alstonville Clinic as a fresh young GP in 1993 my senior partner Paul Earner suggested I put myself forward to join the Board of the newly formed Northern Rivers Division of General Practice.

I think his precise words were ‘Make sure they don’t bugger things up’.

The Lismore Base Hospital Department of General Practice was already very active at this time, and nearly all the Lismore and Alstonville GPs were VMOs. More than half the patients admitted to LBH - including obstetrics - were under the care of GPs.  We all tended to run into each other each day on the wards, and every week we met at breakfast in the hospital cafeteria. On the menu was cold toast, bad coffee and a clinical presentation.

After three decades of groundbreaking Hep C treatment in Australia, a new research project is focusing on ways of expanding Hep C care for Indigenous people. Andrew Binns explains.

In 1996 the then-Northern Rivers Division of General Practice received Federal government funding for a Hepatitis C shared care project. At the time there were 20 new notified cases of hepatitis C (Hep C) each month, according to a GPSpeak article by Dr Jane Barker, the Project Manager.

Interferon was one of the drugs used for Hep C treatment. It was given over a 6-12 months period and for some had unpleasant side effects. The waiting time to see a gastroenterologist for treatment was quite long and GPs were encouraged to share the care to reduce the workload of the specialists involved.

Geoff Hannah

Already $650,000 has been raised to keep Geoff Hannah’s masterwork in Lismore. Let’s raise the bar to $1.0m and celebrate one of the world’s best-ever pieces of furniture staying in the place where it was created.

In the past thirty years Lismore master craftsman Geoff Hannah has created five magnificent timber cabinets, with this one, known simply as the Hannah Cabinet is undoubtedly the finest, largest and most technically accomplished of them all.

With a passion for 18th and 19th century furniture Geoff was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1980, travelling  to Europe to examine the intricacies of iconic pieces in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Palace of Versailles.

Ahead of the federal election predicted for May 2019 the Shadow Health Minister Catherine King has announced Labor’s new policies on her portfolio area. This comes in the wake of Labor’s “Medi-scare” campaign in the previous election, still drawing criticism, and now, comparison with the Coalition’s scare campaign on boat borne asylum seekers.

Speaking at the National Press Club Ms King outlined her party’s vision for Medicare funding and the future of Australian general practice.