Welcome to Pomegranate Health, a podcast about the culture of medicine. You’ll hear clinicians, academics and advocates discuss some big questions; How can one make difficult clinical and ethical decisions free from bias? How can communication with patients and peers be improved? How can healthcare delivery be made more equitable and efficient?
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Ep24: Social Medicine – Themes from Congress 2017
At May’s RACP Congress, there was great interest in sessions examining the moral obligations physicians have to society. On this episode of Pomegranate, three speakers from these panels reflect on some of the themes raised at the event.
Ep23: Managing Autism in the ED
People with autism spectrum disorder can become very agitated when experiencing pain, as they often have trouble making sense of their own emotional and physical states. Many also have difficulty communicating, and are thus difficult to assess in the emergency department. This episode covers techniques to calm distressed patients with autism and make medical assessments.
Ep22: Transitions to Retirement
It’s common to avoid thinking about retirement, and the idea can sometimes come as a shock—professionally, personally, or financially. This month, we speak with physicians both in and out of retirement, as well as two psychiatrists whose research focuses on medical professionals’ identity.
Ep21: Genomics for the Generalist – Part 2
This is a two-part series looking at how modern genomics is changing clinical practice. In our second episode, we consider genetic risk, the ethics of consenting patients, and gene-targeted treatments in cancer research.
Ep20: Genomics for the Generalist – Part 1
This is a two-part series looking at how modern genomics is changing clinical practice. In our first episode, we look at the differences in gene-testing technologies and their practical utility in clinical practice.
Ep18: Integrating Health and Social Care
Sir Harry Burns and Dr Ruth Hussey OBE are public health physicians involved in “whole-of-system change” in Britain’s health and social care. They were invited to Australia in 2016 to advise NSW Health on such delivery models; this episode of Pomegranate features a special lecture presented at the RACP during their trip.
Ep17: Better Practice in Paeds
EVOLVE is the RACP’s initiative to minimise clinical practices not supported by the current evidence base. This episode takes a look at the recently published list of low-value practices in general paediatrics and some alternatives that can be adopted.
Ep16: Mind the (Gender) Gap
While more than half of all medical students and trainees are women, they make up only about 30 per cent of registered physicians. On this episode, guests discuss challenges for equity in medicine, and how role-modelling and leadership may offer strategies to support the next generation of women doctors.
Ep15: Methamphetamine – Beyond the Hype
Crystal methamphetamine, or ice, has been sensationalised in the media over the past decade. This episode puts straight some of the facts and figures about ice use, and talks about the damaging stigma of the media narrative.