65 Roses Columns

65 Roses Magazine is a publication of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria which is published four times a year. I have been writing a column in that magazine for the past ten or so years. These columns are directed primarily at people living with CF and those who love them by supporting or caring for them.

Give patients a greater say in tackling harmful doctors

First published in The Age,  January 4, 2014 Most of us trust our doctors. A 2013 Roy Morgan poll found that 88 per cent of people ranked doctors either ”very high” or ”high” for ethics and honesty – a 5 per cent increase on the previous year. Since we all rely on the health system […]

Patient and Family Centred Care

First published in  Australian Doctor in 2008 I was an accident-waiting-to-happen as a child. Before the age of eight I had clocked up a dozen hospital emergency visits and over 50 stitches. So, it wasn’t a surprise when my eldest child needed his first sutures just after his second birthday. The surprising bit was how scarred […]