Authors

Sophia Samuel

FRACGP, FARGP; Medical Editor, Australian Journal of General Practice; General Practitioner, Melbourne, Vic


Access to primary care

Access to primary care can be affected by a person's social and environmental situation. Articles in this month’s edition discuss barriers to access and innovative solutions for improving access.


Alternate worlds – General practitioners and dentists

Oral and dental health, as well as dental services, are important to our patients and need to be better integrated into our own thinking and practice.


Lowering barriers to HCV elimination

Hepatitis C virus treatment is an effective illustration of the significant benefits of robust general practice delivering positive health outcomes to patients who were previously excluded.


Chronic kidney disease: Engaging our patients to change the course of this illness

Patients can be empowered through understanding chronic kidney disease as not confined to a single organ system but as the antecedent and consequence of several pathophysiological processes.


Clinical immunology

The host immune system appears to have a fundamental role in almost all human disease.


Dentistry

Oral and dental health, as well as dental services, are important to general practice patients and need to be better integrated into general practitioners' thinking and practice.


Diabetes

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia, with 1.2 million people known to have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes.


What brings you here today?

It may be worthwhile for all clinicians to explore the conceptual frameworks that describe access to healthcare.


Kidneys, ureters and bladder

The Focus articles in this issue explore various aspects of chronic kidney disease, as well as cystitis symptoms in women.


Liver

The Focus articles in this issue provide updates on fatty liver disease and the treatment of hepatitis C virus in general practice, and information on communicating with patients about medications.


Managing upper limb presentations – A microcosm of healthcare

The rewards, frustrations and challenges of presentations of the upper limb are a microcosm of broader tensions in the healthcare system.


Medicine and law: Health and justice in partnership

General practice is well placed to help design, deliver and evaluate collaborative partnerships with the legal profession.


Medico-legal

The Focus articles featured in this issue highlight medico-legal concerns that may be encountered in general practice.


Movement

Parkinson’s disease is now recognised as a whole-body disorder, not a motor disorder with accompanying non-motor features.


Observing movement

Parkinson’s disease is now recognised as a whole-body disorder, not a motor disorder with accompanying non-motor features.


Problems with immunomodulation test our clinical reasoning skills

The host immune system appears to have a fundamental role in almost all human disease.


The pervasive impact of diabetes

Australian primary healthcare has been transitioning from episodic to continuous care of patients with diabetes.


Upper limb

The rewards, frustrations and challenges of presentations of the upper limb are a microcosm of broader tensions in the healthcare system.