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March 20, 2013

Dying with dignity

This award-winning article by Dr Bulten has previously been published in Medical Forum Magazine. Geraldton GP Dr Bertel Bulten draws on his experiences in general practice and in the Netherlands to suggest the profession keeps the debate on euthanasia open. A horrific death is what my patient Mr Brown feared the most. Nearly 90 years old with metastatic bowel carcinoma, this ex-marine officer knew his end was nigh and he asked me if I could ensure he would die at home and in dignity. The latter meant not bed-ridden, not with an indwelling catheter, not having to take high-dose opioids and above […]
March 15, 2013

Injury management & fitness centre (VIDEO)

The Panaceum Group is about to open the new Geraldton Injury Management & Fitness Centre in the space previously leased by the Greene Room Family Gym. The new rehab service is on track to open in April 2013. Fore more info contact Caitlin or Richard on 08 9920 8151.
March 14, 2013

An official move away from the Low Fat Diet

Terri Quinlan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at the Panaceum Group. Over the past 30 years, the single piece of dietary advice that has taken precedence over all others is the need for us to strictly limit our total fat intake. A healthy diet, since the 80’s has been defined as ‘low fat at all costs’. However, at least for the past 10 years… the evidence has significantly changed, and this newest thinking is now reflected in the ‘hot off the press’ new Australian Dietary Guidelines released last month. The new Dietary Guidelines, strongly encourage us to make sure we’re eating adequate […]
March 6, 2013

What are the Obstetric Services in Geraldton?

Dr Keith Figueiredo is a GP Obstetrician/Anaesthetist and principal at the Panaceum Group. There are about 700 deliveries per year in Geraldton. Geraldton is fortunate to have one of only two private hospitals in Western Australia outside of Perth, so women have the choice of delivering at the public hospital (the Geraldton Regional Hospital), or at the private hospital (St John of God). Deliveries at the public hospital are based on a shared care model. General Practitioners (GPs) who are skilled in obstetric care carry out antenatal care in their surgery, as well as the Geraldton Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS). The […]
February 21, 2013

Why do I need to see a GP for a referral?

Dr Murray James-Wallace is a procedural GP and principal at the Panaceum Group. “Can anyone tell me why we need to see a GP every year to get referrals for ongoing medical issues? … It just seems wrong needing a new referral when we have to see specialists regularly for monitoring of chronic conditions.” This is a great question frequently borne from frustration and not a topic briefly or easily well explained. I hope you’re able to discuss these queries with your GP. The referral system is an entrenched part of our healthcare system. One does not actually need a […]
February 18, 2013

New service in Geraldton: injury management & fitness centre

Great article in today’s Geraldton Guardian about the new Panaceum Injury Management & Fitness Centre (click on image to enlarge).