Dr Kristine Estensen

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A brief guide to setting up in private practice

Here’s a brief checklist outlining the main things you may need to consider before setting up your private practice

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Playing it safe with patient discharge

As a practising emergency physician with a side interest in medico-legal work, I’ve seen many situations where poor discharge practices can leave doctors vulnerable to complaints and litigation

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How do you deal with fake medical certificates

A GP was incensed to find that a patient had falsified a COVID-19 exemption certificate in the GP’s name and presented this to their employer

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Physician heal thyself (Medice, cura te ipsum)

The doctor who called us was stunned. They had been reported to Ahpra and were being investigated for self-prescribing

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The lost referral: A doctor’s duty of care

A doctor’s duty of care does not end with issuing a referral. Mr P was successful in his medical negligence claim against his GP, Dr Z, in relation to the treatment and management of hyperkeratosis (a corn) on his foot which eventually required surgery

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The COVID effect on patient interactions

Doctors and practice staff have always seen their fair share of challenging behaviour, but never has this become more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Misconceptions about shared decision making

Shared decision-making (SDM) has many benefits and is widely accepted internationally

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When doctors sell products

The legal separation between prescribing and dispensing of medicine was designed to prevent conflicts of interest



My Career Journey with Dr Nick Coatsworth

Dr Nick Coatsworth is an expert in health policy, public administration and a practising infectious diseases physician. He held a national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia, becoming one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic. Nick engaged the Australian community through a variety of media platforms most notably as the spearhead of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Dr Micheal Gannon, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, sits down with Dr Nick Coatsworth to discuss Nick's medical career journey, and what insights and advice he has for junior doctors. MDA National would like to acknowledge the contributions of MDA National staff, Members, friends and colleagues in the production of the podcast and note that this work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under applicable copyright law, you may not reproduce the content of this podcast without the permission of MDA National. This podcast contains generic information only, is intended to stimulate thought and discussion, and doesn’t account for requirements of any particular individual. The content may contain opinions which are not necessarily those of MDA National. We recommend that you always contact your indemnity provider when you require specific advice in relation to your insurance policy or medico-legal matters. MDA National Members need to contact us for specific medico-legal advice on freecall 1800 011 255 or email advice@mdanational.com.au. We may also refer you to other professional services.


09 Jun 2022

Career complications and contending with uncertainty

Among the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for junior doctors is how to respond to medical training impacts and career uncertainty. In this podcast, Dr Caroline Elton (a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors)and Dr Benjamin Veness (a Psychiatry registrar) share advice for coping with medical training and career delays, disruptions and unknowns.


10 Aug 2020