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Nearly everyone will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime. Most chronic (kidney) patients can expect to experience many more. Last Monday I had the great pleasure of presenting the consumer’s viewpoint at the second Australian Diagnostic Error Minimisation conference, held here in Melbourne. Speakers and attendees came from around the world and...
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New dialysis holiday booking service, BookNowMed.com, wrote to me recently, to introduce their holiday dialysis booking service, and it looks great. The post about it is ideal for our sister Blog, associated with the TravelDialysisReview website so you can find the full story here: TravelDialysisReview Blog. It’s all pretty simple and easy to use: Booking dialysis is a...
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Today, along with thousands of other non-Muslim Australians, Julie and I visited the mosque nearest to us...
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Patients asked the question: what are we doing with the old machines?
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I have a BigD friend, George (not his real name), with an unusual problem. Talking about it with him, it occurred to us that other people may have the same thing and have some advice about how they manage it. The problem is with his infraserratus scapula bursa. A bursa is a thin cushion of...
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This the story of how we (the Green Nephrology Action Team and Swinburne University) developed a new logo (and soon a new website) for GreenDialysis.org.   The fun thing was that soon after the designs were finished, Julie and I were invited to the design exhibition and awards ceremony for the Swinburne Advanced Diploma of...
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Over the last six months, we have managed to get out of town occasionally, for one or two days around dialysis. By around dialysis, I mean that leave for our mini holiday accommodation (usually a hotel about an hour away) straight after dialysis on Wednesday night. We spend the night and have breakfast and a...
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Am I fatigued, or just exhausted? All of us BigD-ers feel weary at times. I’m often most tired just before I dialyse. Some days I arrive at the unit, dragging one foot after the other, dead tired. Putting my needles in can be as marathon effort. And once I’m on, I sit back, suck a...
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I fact it’s so much more! I wrote about this amazing group of people, led by the fantastic Sarah Brown in August 2017, and she and the House have gone from strength to strength. But don’t just take my word for it. This astonishing interview on the ABC’s Conversations is just a glimpse of how...
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Community Service Announcement Provide a Consumer Perspective to Renal Care in Victoria (Australia) Do you have recent lived experience of kidney disease as a patient, carer or family member? We’re looking for consumers to join our Renal Clinical Network Insight subcommittee. As a member, you will provide an important voice in strategic planning, support the...
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