Psychiatrist, Writer, Commentator


Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Writs & Cures - Assisted Reproduction

In this edition of Writs & Cures the team take a look into assisted reproduction. Modern medicine has come a long way since the first so-called test tube baby in Victoria back in 1980 at the Royal Women's Hospital. But with the increase has come questions about access and cost. The Victorian government has launched a review headed up by...
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Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Writs & Cures - Understanding Physiotherapy

In this edition of Writs and Cures the team explore the world of physiotherapy. Did you know it's the third biggest health science? Most of us see a physio at least occasionally. But how did physiotherapy emerge in Australia? What drove the profession? What role did Polio play? To answer these questions Writs and Cures is joined by Professor Joan...
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Sunday, th August 2018

The Project - Should low level cancers be given another name?

An interview about the word 'cancer' and whether the fear it causes affects the treatment choices people make.
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Tuesday, 01st May 2018

Writs and cures: Emergency trauma management

In this edition of Writs and Cures, Steve Ellen and Bill O'Shea join Lindy Burns for a discussion about the demise of democracy and whether citizens' assemblies may be the way forward. Plus, Dr Amit Maini, a physician from The Alfred hospital's Emergency and Trauma Centre, shares his experience of dealing with acute trauma cases and why Victoria has one...
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Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Radiotherapy on 3RRR: Relationships, vaccines and adolescent cancer.

Apr 24, 2018 This week the doctors ask some big questions: Do your eating habits affect your relationships? What about vice versa? And which flu vaccine should you get this year (there are three to choose from). Plus special guests, Kate Thompson, the manager of ONTrac - the adolescent cancer service at Peter Mac, in to talk about the unique...
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Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Writs and Cures: Should smoking be shown on screen?

In this edition of Writs and Cures, Steve Ellen and Bill O'Shea join Lindy Burns and co-host Dilruk Jayasinha for a discussion about the morality of showing smoking in film and on television. Plus Kate Booth and Emily Hart from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers share their experience running a pro bono legal clinic for patients at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne....
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Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Writs and Cures: Your rights regarding fines

On this edition of Writs and Cures, Professor Steve Ellen, director of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and Melbourne lawyer Katie Miller explore why we struggle to talk about death. Plus Brendan Lacota, of Moonee Valley Legal Service, joins the team to explain how you can navigate the maze of notices and penalties that mount...
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Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Writs & Cures: The future of medical research and apartment laws

In this edition of Writs and Cures the team take a look at how to free up what some say are a vast number of unoccupied houses and apartments in Melbourne to help those finding it difficult to rent a property at an affordable price. Did you know we have an absentee owner surcharge in Victoria and a Commonwealth tax...
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Sunday, 25th February 2018

Radiotherapy - new medical treatment act, gun violence, and medical exams crashing!

Our first Radiotherapy for the year - gun violence, crashing online exams, and a special guest, Phil Grano, from the Office of the Public Advocate to tell us about the new Medical Treatment Act - everything about consent changes on March 12 - time to get ready!!
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Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Writs & Cures: Julian Burnside & understanding depression

In this edition of Writs and Cures the team take a look at depression as ideas about the condition are changing and more people are questioning the old adage that depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Most recently Johann Hari published a book called Lost Connections basically saying everything we've been told is wrong, and he...
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