MJA: Providing a lifeline for rural doctors
The latest edition of Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) features an editorial on the need for effective telemedicine programs to support rural GPs and generalists working in small rural hospital based emergency facilities.
In his editorial, Tim Baker writes that rural doctors often have specific training for rural emergency medicine, but lack immediate access to onsite specialist advice. He discusses the relative merits of several models of telemedicine that could provide this support.
Also featured in this week’s edition of MJA: the stability of rural outreach services; trends and characteristics of accidental and intentional codeine overdose deaths in Australia; the safety of opioid patch initiation in residential aged care; and recent advances in type 1 diabetes.