From the Editor-in-Chief

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Clifford Fram, Editor-in-Chief[/vc_column_text][cq_vc_todolist header=”Top 5 news stories from April” headercolor=”#000000″ headerbackground=”#ffffff” icon=”fa-university,fa-ban,fa-line-chart,fa-user-md,fa-usd,” iconcolor=”#000000,#000000,#000000,#000000,#000000″ isclickable=”no”]

1. MBS items likely to be ‘cashed out’ under govt reform
2. College urges GPs to stop referring to chiropractors
3. Why are GPs still bulk-billing at record levels?
4. Rural GP should not be blamed for woman’s death: coroner
5. GPs sit second to last on earnings graph

[/cq_vc_todolist][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text]Many doctors appear to believe chiropractors are a pain in the neck. So a big story for the editorial team was the Australian Doctor exclusive about the RACGP discouraging GPs from referring patients to chiros.

It’s a controversial call. About 15% of Australian doctors use chiropractors for their own care and a large minority believe these allied health professionals add value to their patients.

Another biggie for Australian Doctor was a meeting of doctors who had been investigated by the medical board (AHPRA). These doctors are taking a stand against what they say is a “malicious system” which allows vexatious complaints to flourish, leading to damaged careers and lives.

Pharmacy News has been capturing its readers’ attention with a series of articles about pharmacists who hope to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics. Another hot topic was the decision by Apotex to pull three preparations from the PBS because of PBS cuts. This week Pharmacists are interested in our coverage of the Bactroban and Fucidin shortages.

One of the highlights of my month has been the relaunch of Medical Observer as a monthly print magazine. The response from readers have been overwhelmingly positive, with one influential individual writing these short but meaningful words in a personal email: “Hi Clifford, love the new MO … great look, feel and content. Well done to all involved!”

I am extremely grateful for the advertising support we received for the first issue. Some of the highlights were our feature of NOACS (or is that DOACS?), a guest column by leading cardiologist Professor Anne Keogh, our new product review and an update on the new hepatitis C drugs.


6minutes, our daily 6am newsletter, prides itself on being short, sharp, witty, and sometimes cheeky. But the last laugh goes to a reader who posted a two-word comment on an article that says men who ejaculate often have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

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