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May 2010

Placebo pain A review by Australian pain researcher Damian Finniss of the placebo effect (Lancet) says interaction between the mind (thoughts and beliefs) and brain chemistry is beautifully illustrated by switching blinded patients on opiates or NSA... Read More...
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April 2010

28-strong lobby formed

The mysterious-sounding ‘Board of Reference' has been formed by the WA branch of the Austn College of Health Service Executives and its members read like a who's who of the WA medical scene. Reminiscent of a super-band (anyone thinking Travelling Wilburys) it is led by Senior VP and former DG of Health, Dr Neale Fong. He said the 28-strong board will "provide support for the development of health leaders, and bring cross sector collaboration to highlight significant health leadership issues for WA". Members include Graham Kierath, Bob Kucera, Jim McGinty, Kevin Prince, Ian Taylor, Mike Daube, Dr Peter Flett, Kevin Cass-Ryall, Penny Flett, Professor Gary Geelhoed Dr Michael Stanford and Chris McGowan, amongst others.

Money for old code

A quick scan of the government tenders page always reveals some interesting details about where our health dollars are being spent. WACHS has awarded just over $260,000 for "the provision of clinical coding services" for the East Kimberley Health Services. For those who don't know, medical coding is the "process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers" which ......

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April 2010

AMA(WA) has announced the marriage of its Executive Director Mr Paul Boyatzis to ex-president Dr Rosanna Capolingua. St John of God Healthcare has appointed Janet Muir as its Group Manager Strategic Development to spearhead its ongoing mergers and a... Read More...
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March 2010

  • The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) recently appointed Mr Craig Somerville as its new CEO and Mr Des Martin as its new Operations Director.
  • MDO Avant Mutual Group Limited has appointed lawyer Ms Catherine (Cath) Carroll to the Perth office as its first Claims Manager in WA. Cath has practised in both WA and NSW, and was formerly Claims Manager (Solicitor) at MDA National Insurance.
  • Ms Janice Lawrence has taken up a new post with GE Healthcare as Regional Sales Manager after 12 years as WA State Sales Manager for GSK.
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