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An opinion from the front line

An opinion from the front line

September is that happy time that I get to renew my registration with the authorities. I forward them a princely sum, and they forward me a (digital) certificate to say that I am duly registered and fit to practice medicine…hmmm…some may disagree. Every year there is a questionnaire asking me if I have completed the obligatory continuing professional development (indeed…I have...

Best wishes from the team at PHP

Best wishes from the team at PHP

Stage 4 restrictions, and this year in general, have a different impact on every one of us, and we all need different things to make sure we get through feeling sane and well. We checked in with each member of the PHP team and asked for a little insight into their worlds; some sent through advice, jokes, life updates, or anecdotes. We’ve...

Stage 4 Restrictions - What they mean for us at PHP.

Stage 4 Restrictions - What they mean for us at PHP.

As we are all now very aware, we – as part of metropolitan Melbourne – are in Stage 4 restrictions. We’ve been watching the impact of these restrictions on businesses and different industries unfold over the course of the last week, and we wanted to make sure it was clear what impact that has on us at PHP. Adj Ass Prof...

'The Rant' from within quarantine...

'The Rant' from within quarantine...

Earlier last month, Dr Alan penned this piece from within the confines of COVID-19 quarantine. We are happy to share that Alan and his family are well and back working and living their lives as normally as Stage 4 restrictions allow.Continue below for a retrospective piece from Dr Alan, from his time in quarantine. “Some may already be aware, and I...

A lockdown-themed rant from Dr Alan

A lockdown-themed rant from Dr Alan

While I can see how easy it would be to resort to self-medication with a fine (or less than fine) red or white, to ease the creeping anxiety we are all experiencing in these extraordinary times, I am pleased to see our intrepid leaders leaping to the fore with a program extolling the virtues of moderation, or even...abstinence! And it...

Laughter really is the best medicine...

Laughter really is the best medicine...

There is no denying that this has been a year filled with challenges, trauma, stress, and uncertainty, and that the omnipresence of social media hasn’t always been the most helpful thing…however, in the spirit of gratitude, we can all be grateful for the many, varied, creative memes and jokes that have come out of the chaos that has been 2020. It’s...

Mental Health & Community Spirit

Mental Health & Community Spirit

The long-term nature of this pandemic has had – and will continue to have – a dramatic impact on people’s mental health. Dealing with times of uncertainty, insecurity, and great fear are difficult in any case, but when these feelings are so widespread and ongoing, it makes it so much harder. It’s absolutely vital that we continue to check in with...

A mid-year 'rant' from Dr Underwood

A mid-year 'rant' from Dr Underwood

More verbal incontinence from one of the masters of drivel… But, perhaps I promote myself too aggressively… This is to be a rant on the milder end of the spectrum. While I enjoy stimulating thought and opinion, both consonant and dissonant, perhaps a less polarising offering is appropriate for now.  So, there will be no references to my strong atheistic, pro-vaccination,...

The PHP team during isolation...

The PHP team during isolation...

So, you’ll no doubt have seen all the different ‘viral’ activities that seemingly everyone took part in during isolation and Stage 3 restrictions…sourdough baking became a competitive sport, every man and his dog (literally) formed some very strong opinions about a man called Joe Exotic and his many tigers, and we all got to watch the evolution of everyone’s loungerooms/spare...

It's time to get to know Taylor...

It's time to get to know Taylor...

We are so lucky to have a wonderful team at PHP, including our amazing reception team. Taylor is on reception each Saturday and while many of you might see her regularly, a lot of our regular week-day clients might not have had the chance to meet her. We recently chatted to Taylor and put together a little Q&A to help you...