Author Archives: Dr Justin Coleman

About Dr Justin Coleman

Justin is a GP working in Aboriginal health in Brisbane, Australia. He is also a medical writer, editor and blogger. Further details at https://drjustincoleman.com/

48-second GP consultations

GPs in some countries have a fleeting moment to do what takes me 15 minutes. Can less be more? Continue reading

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‘Junior’ doctors: what’s in a label?

Is the term ‘junior doctor’ an insult? Maybe not today, but it will be tomorrow. That’s how these labels roll. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 12: Doctors’ resilience

We grill the resilient Dr Genevieve Yates about what it takes for doctors to thrive in a tough environment. Work-life balance, as it turns out, might be a false dichotomy. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 11: Medically Unexplained Symptoms

We interview the Dutch GP who wrote the guide on the difficult art of dealing with patients whose symptoms persist after all reasonable efforts to diagnose them have failed. A fascinating topic because it is both common and perplexing. Continue reading

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How to measure med student empathy

Everyone agrees doctors need empathy. But a new study finds medical entrance exams try to measure it, and fail. Continue reading

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The Fed endures, and so must we

If some old Swiss guy can still win Wimbledon, there’s hope for all us old codgers. Keep moving, or die. Continue reading

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Tamiflu: an expensive lesson in panic stockpiling

The removal of Tamiflu from the WHO “core medicines” list is an uncomfortable reminder of the $4 billion we spent stockpiling it during the 2009 swine flu. What on earth were we thinking? Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 10: GPs at the Deep End

Dr Tim Senior discusses working with disadvantaged populations. Justin discusses anti-ageing (for mice). Liz cooks up her first ever special source. Continue reading

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Pain clinics: how did such a fresh idea turn sour?

Pain clinics. In theory, a multi-disciplined team skilled at helping those with chronic pain wean off high-dose, addictive medications. In practice: “More drugs, anybody?” Continue reading

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Not just a GP – I’m your specialist in uncertainty

I specialise in managing chaos. I am the lion who watches, the uncertainty whisperer. Just a GP, really. Continue reading

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