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/

Five reasons why I’d still encourage my child to do medicine

Being a doctor has been a relatively tough gig for around 2,500 years. But the rewards are still worth it. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 8: Marketing

Having trouble ‘selling’ lifestyle modification to your patients? Turns out that doctors can learn a lot from marketers, the sales experts. Continue reading

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Google Health Cards: the first test drive

For the first time today, when you type certain diagnoses into Google, an information box will appear. I take these ‘health cards’ on a test drive. Continue reading

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GP sceptics podcast 7: EBM Hijacked!

Joined by our ‘third nerd’ Dr Casey Parker, we delve into the dark side of EBM. Have RCTs and p-values been hijacked? Evidence-based nerds should remain sceptical about their own weapons. Continue reading

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Does the weather affect our joints?

Shakespeare wasn’t the first to reckon the weather affects our rheumatics. But a new study casts doubt that we can ‘feel it in our bones’. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 6: Obesity – Christmas edition

A podcast on obesity – the perfect Christmas gift for GPs. Liz is doing a PhD on obesity management in general practice, so Justin mainly just listens in awe. Continue reading

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Anne Deveson, who destigmatised schizophrenia

THE DEATH of Anne Deveson –writer, broadcaster and social justice advocate – marks the final chapter of a life that reflected the immense change in the way Australians have perceived mental health issues over the past century. Deveson, who died from … Continue reading

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Why ‘medicine for the rich’ is sometimes inevitable

High-cost pharmaceuticals imported by the rich? Sorry, that’s life. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 5: Lyme disease…don’t get sold a lemon

Lyme disease down under – myth or legend? Prof Frank Bowden from ANU tells it from a sceptic’s perspective. Bonus talk: sentinel chickens and sex before sport. Continue reading

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GP Sceptics podcast 4: Addiction

Guest GP Dr Hester Wilson, drug & alcohol specialist, discusses baclofen for alcohol addiction. And sings opera. Continue reading

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