science of thinking

The Science Of Thinking: Video

By paul | March 4, 2019

Really interesting video here about how we think – complements my earlier post on clinical thinking.

Transparency seems to be worse in cardiac and diabetes drugs.

Influential doctors aren’t disclosing their drug company ties

By paul | February 5, 2019

Ray Moynihan, Bond University and Lisa Bero, University of Sydney In September, the New York Times revealed that one of the world’s top cancer specialists had quietly received millions of dollars from drug and other companies. And what’s more, he’d failed to disclose the payments in many of his high-profile medical journal articles. A few…

chatbots and suicide prevention

Do chatbots have a role to play in suicide prevention?

By paul | November 4, 2018

Australia’s first suicide prevention chatbot for the family and friends of those in crisis was launched last week by Lifeline, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to crisis support and suicide prevention. The chatbot, developed in partnership with Twitter, is called #BeALifeline Direct Message (DM) Chatbot. It seeks to help the family and friends of those at…

Cocaine Wastewater Study

Wastewater results show highest cocaine use in NSW

By paul | October 13, 2018

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has today released the fifth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, revealing New South Wales reported the highest levels of average cocaine consumption in capital city and regional sites nationwide. Based on wastewater findings, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission estimates
1,814.6 kilograms of cocaine is consumed in the state…

Muscle dysmorphic disorder or bigorexia is an emerging problem.

What is “Bigorexia” / Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder?

By paul | August 9, 2018

I came across a really interesting, emerging issue this week – Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder (or “Bigorexia”). The Youtube I’ve embedded here explains it in simple terms, and there is also a very useful journal article on muscle dysmorphia.

Viruses – WAY more important than you thought!

By paul | July 22, 2018

Influenza. SARS. Ebola. MERS-CoV. Zika. Polio. Smallpox. We are used to thinking about viruses as human pathogens – many of them deadly. But is there a hidden yet  important part of the viral story that we don’t appreciate? For instance, have you ever thought seriously about where the first virus came from? What a virus…

Learning Games: The Beer Game

By paul | July 18, 2018

I encountered an interesting training activity recently called the beer game. Originally developed in the 1960s, the beer distribution game is an experiential learning activity designed to show the challenges of supply chain management. It’s played by four people on a large table, using a specially-printed underlay (which you can see in a couple of…

World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th

By paul | July 11, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is held on September 10th each year and is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. There is also an Australian WSPD site, associated with Suicide Prevention Australia. Other useful resources are the R U OK? website and the Black Dog Institute’s suicide & self-harm section. Created by The Centre For…

Suicide Prevention

By paul | July 3, 2018

I’m doing the Black Dog Institute’s workshop on Advanced Training In Suicide Prevention this weekend, and came across an article written by Thomas Joiner as part of the pre-reading. He has developed a model from his research that shows that several factors in combination need to be present for someone to attempt suicide – the perception that they…

Improving mental health depends on distributing money more fairly.

Why Rates of Mental Illness Aren’t Going Down Despite Higher Spending (CTC)

By paul | June 29, 2018

Successive Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the last few decades, which is a good thing. But when the rate of mental illness isn’t going down, we need to step back and ask why. Research shows there is unfairness in how Australia’s mental health care is delivered. Improving mental health will…

EBM and Data Visualisation

By paul | June 24, 2018

EBM and Visualising Data – What’s The Story? This post, and the resources I have collected below, grew out of a group of medical educators (we call ourselves Cohort 1) who attended an RACGP workshop on teaching evidence-based medicine (EBM) in August 2017, run by Paul Glasziou and Iain Chalmers. We have a virtual meeting…

Man Island Project – Promoting Men’s Mental Health

By paul | June 22, 2018

Ever tried to engage one of your male patients in a discussion about their mental health? What strategies have worked well for you? Which ones not so well? Have you ever wished that you had some good evidence to help you – and maybe even a treatment manual to help you engage your male patients…