Medical Journal of Australia: Latest issue

21 Nov 2014

The latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, released this week, focuses on the challenges facing rural health care, and reports that influenza vaccines recommended for use in Australian children are safe, but that regular safety monitoring should become routine. The global response to diabetes is also a topic of discussion. A special supplement on acute coronary syndrome is included in this issue.

On the rural front, Dr Ian Kamerman, former President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, discusses how the government needs to develop better policies to ensure a future for rural health care, including overhauling the classification system for rural incentive programs, developing rural GP training strategies, and reinstating the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program. This week’s issue also takes a personal look at the challenges of accessing specialist care in a distant city.

The MJA supplement includes an article on the transition from hospital to primary care for patients with acute coronary syndrome, and a further article on the eight challenges faced by GPs caring for patients after an acute coronary syndrome.

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