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Update: Changes For Doctors and Pharmacists and the Differences with Radiographers vs Radiologists

August 26, 2019 0 Comments

New findings from this year that may impact Doctors and Pharmacists jobs in 2020. And what are some of the differences with Radiographers and Radiologists? Find out more in this week’s update. 

Doctor Jobs in Australia: What Changes Are Coming?

Changes for Pharmacists in Australia in 2020

Radiographers vs Radiologists: How do they differ?

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Doctor Jobs in Australia: What Changes Are Coming?

Doctors in Australia work hard on a daily basis and often times have the interests of many in mind. We hear about the challenging times as well as the fun and rewarding lifestyles.

Between managing your appointments and ongoing education, a GP can have their hands full. And with the personal life on top of that it can be a challenge itself keeping up to date with new changes.

Below are a few developments that may impact doctors at work. From an increased involvement in recruitment processes to changes in public health and technologies – we hope you enjoy.

 

Teen Mental Health and Social Media

For a lot of parents social media is a tricky subject. It has pros and cons, both as recommendations and with some interesting research findings included.

As the Australian parenting website Raising Children highlights, there are many benefits but also major risks.

Benefits may include: Digital literacy, Collaborative learning, Exploring creative skills and educational content, Connecting with communities and extended friends

Major risks though, may include: Exposure to inappropriate and upsetting content, Exposure to targeted marketing, Sharing of personal information with strangers, Direct bullying from digital communication

The recent findings are sending mixed signals. Nature Human Behaviour posted this year that there was only a small 0.4% negative impact on psychological well-being in the young people used in their dataset and the digital technology use.

And this recent Lancet report found that over the course of a 3-year observation of 10,000 young people aged 13-16, it was the teenage girls that had a higher risk of mental health issues than the boys in frequent social media use. Nearly 60% of the girls experienced distress in areas such as disrupted sleep patterns from late night social media use and exposure to bullying. For the boys? That impact was only 12%.

GPs can help to educate and help their young patients with guidance through the mental health issues that may arise. There is no need to ban or regulate their usage, but certainly there are areas that they also benefit from knowing about which will keep them safe.

Australia’s 5G Mobile Network

In 2020, it is estimated most Australians should be able to access the new 5G mobile network. It is being hyped as a much faster network with a greater capacity for data transfers.

There have also been protests and questions about the public health issues associated with this new network. We will know more as time goes by, but what do we know already?

The World Health Organisation published a report last year that indicated no harmful evidence in human health from the exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.

Here, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency devote their website to highlighting the misinformation spread bout the 5G mobile network.

GPs need to be aware that this new network is coming soon. It may have side effects that need to be monitored over time.

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Opioids Marketing to Doctors

Targin, a strong opioid we have recently mentioned, has now officially been announced as being the target of an investigation into how compliant its promotional material has been within the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.

Multiple doctors in Australia have spoken out against the opioids usage and warn about the alarming negative impacts of them in the United States. Even the media and some journalists who have written books about opioid addictions have chimed in hoping to inspire and make a change. One example is where Switzerland was discussed, and how they managed to handle a bad opioid epidemic in a bit over a decade as a country with tremendous results to public health and safety. Peoples lives changed for the better.

There can be great benefits to medication but perhaps not always with opioids as examples have shown us.

Smoking in Australia

GPs should be encouraged to help manage patients with tobacco consumption. But what facts do we have in Australia?

Firstly, there is a reported decline in smoking rates in Australia between 1990 up to 2018. National Health surveys similarly indicated various findings.

But, as one Professor recently found out, trying to get a health and medical question into 2021’s census related to smoking was not an easy task and it is unlikely the question will be included. New Zealand have done it in the past with interesting findings and data but Australia may not have this in the near future.

South Australia Rural GP Shortage

We know there has been a serious shortage of rural doctors in Australia. Some of our consultants have been involved with locum doctor jobs in Australia for years and have many stories to tell about what the doctors have endured.

South Australia have been heavily influenced by this shortage of doctors. This year Keith and District Hospital set up a crowdfunding page to help keep it open.

The South Australian government drafted a Rural Medical Workforce Plan this year with interesting findings towards Building a Skilled Workforce, New and Sustainable Models for Rural Health Care and Developing a Collaborative and Coordinated Health System. They also opened it up to feedback from the involved parties to identify key recruitment issues.

Their own medical facts and figures indicate SA Health provides rural health care to a population of around 505,000 covering 99,8% of South Australia. A lot of rural towns and communities can be reached from Adelaide and locum positions for GPs are available.

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Changes for Pharmacists in Australia in 2020

Pharmacists in Australia have many daily responsibilities to juggle. Among those is also being aware of what developments are happening that may impact work.

We are already over the halfway mark of 2019 and as we have previously reported, there are already some interesting developments happening in the pharmacy industry. Here are a few more to know.

Opioid Package Changes

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has been keeping busy with his announcements this year for future changes and developments in healthcare. One of those are new changes for opioids to help combat their effects in Australia.

This is an important battle to fight. The Guardian this year published findings about a Deloitte report which looked into the financial costs of those living with chronic pain.

For 2017-18, it was estimated more deaths in Australia were attributed to prescription opioids than any other illicit drugs of the sorts, some would be surprised to find out.

Important to note that as of 2020 opioid packages will be smaller and with improved labels and warnings. There will also be new restrictions on particularly the use of fentanyl patches. More information will likely come out closer to the date.

In this week’s Doctor division update we also discuss a pharmaceutical company’s investigation in Australia about marketing practices to GPs.

Convenience Stores Survey Results

According to reports the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores is hoping to chime in for the current discussions happening with the Federal Health Minister’s government and members from various key organisations and the Pharmacy Guild.

Their survey results among customers have shown 2 key points of reflection. The services they want from petrol stations and potentially 7Elevens in Australia the most are Postal and more popularly, Pharmacy services.

The 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement everyone is discussing is expected to be finished by the end of this year and new developments to be introduced.

Convenience stores argue that with the proper regulation this can be a reality and improve the access to some medicine. Our pharmacists community in Australia may think differently.

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Pharmacy Graduates Ranked Most Employed

For those who missed this key bit of information earlier this year, the Federal Government surveyed 120,000 university graduates in Australia last year and found that a majority of graduates gained a job within 4 months of graduating.

Looking at all the different categories of graduates, they found that Pharmacy Graduates had the highest rate of full-time employment after university. In fact – 97.2%.

The number two spot went to Medicine with 94.9%. The rest of the top five was given to Rehabilitation, Dentistry and Veterinary Science respectively.

With this high rate we look forward to welcoming a steady new stream of Pharmacists in the new year.

Have you recently graduated? Schedule a Call with our friendly consultant Sean Kelly Today and find out more what pharmacist positions he can offer suited to your situation.

 

Radiographers vs Radiologists: How do they differ?

With all the different job titles in the medical field, it can sometimes be confusing to understand the differences between certain careers with similar titles. For example, both Radiologists and Radiographers use imaging technology in their medical practice.

So how can you differentiate between the two job titles and decide which profession is more suitable for you?

Difference in responsibilities

A Radiographer, or sometimes known as radiologic technologist, is a person who has been trained to operate various types of equipment, scan devices and conduct tests using x-ray, CT, MRI or mammography technologies. Their job involves guiding patients through the scanning process to ensure that digital images of internal organs, bones or tissues are well produced and clear.

According to InsideRadiology, Radiographers can specifically work in trauma radiography, mobile radiography, CT, MRI scan, angiography (imaging of blood vessels and the heart) and fluoroscopy.

Some Radiographers can perform all types of imaging scans, while the medical staff who specialises in certain procedures, such as ultrasounds or high-frequency sound waves, will be called a Sonographer. As we highlighted in a previous post, there are some differences between Sonographers and Radiographers as well.

In complex cases, a Radiographer would not interpret the result or give their patients a diagnosis. Their work is more like a healthcare profession, or a medical imaging technologist, who perform imaging scans. In some specific cases involving cancer treatment, some Radiographers might also be aiding with radiotherapy treatment to the patients.

Radiographer performing a test

A Radiologist, on the other hand, is a fully licensed medical doctor, who specialises in interpreting medical imaging, making diagnoses and treating people with various conditions. The radiologic images are their main source of information to diagnose abnormalities or illness in the human body.

Within the radiology field, there are 2 different kinds of clinical Radiologists:

  • Diagnostic Radiologists who perform and read medical images such as X-ray, CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds to interpret illness and injuries on the patient.
  • The interventional Radiologist, who would require further training than the former, to be able to perform biopsies (the removal of tissue in order to examine it for disease) and image-guided procedures inside a human body, such as treating cancer tumours, kidney stones or blocked arteries. These methods makes up the interventional radiology field, which is a minimally invasive alternative for surgery with considerably less risk.

Difference in training

HealthDirect suggested that a Radiographer is usually required to hold a 3-year or 4-year bachelor’s degree specialised in either medical imaging, medical radiation science or technology or a 2-year master degree. Students doing 3-year bachelor’s degree would be asked to go through a supervised practice program, whereas those who hold four-year bachelor’s degrees are eligible for supervisory positions.

A Radiologist, on the other hand, goes through a longer process to become a fully licensed physician. He/she must first complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in a medical school, a medical licensing exam, then at least 2 years of internship with a hospital or medical facility, and finally at least four more years of residency in the field of radiology in order to be board certified.

Difference in salary

According to the Health Times, salaries for Radiographers may vary according to where they work and in which territory in Australia, but they can expect to start off at around $50,000 per annum rising up to $120,000 at a senior level. The average Radiographer’s salary is around $73,500 per annum across the whole country.

The salary range for Radiologists is higher than the Radiographer as their job requires more years of education and higher level of attentiveness. It can also vary greatly depending on their level of experience, practice setting and location of work. Payscale suggested that a senior Radiologist could earn in excess of $450,000 per year, even up to $4000/day.

Our friendly and experienced consultant Judith Butcher at Gorilla Jobs can help you to decide what position is a better suit for you and what you can expect from your new position.

Radiologist reading test results

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