Podcast 029: Geriatrics With Dr Chris Middlemiss

Do you like cakes and constructing intricate delicacies in the comfort of your kitchen? No? Well, that’s too bad!

The recipe for geriatrics is diverse and beautiful. It’s 5 parts general medicine, 2 parts falls investigations, 1 part deathly despair, 3 parts woolly sweaters and 5 parts super cool.

In this episode, Dr Chris talks about the many reasons a senior citizen presents to hospital, the balanced geriatrician lifestyle and how to find your ultimate calling.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Chris Middlemiss is a geriatrician and “nan whisperer”, who took his time working out what he wanted to do. He works at Sutherland Hospital, and also at the Garrawarra Centre, an aged care facility specialising in the care of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Chris is married with two kids, and plays soccer adequately when he is wearing his contacts.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Professor Phil Poronnik.

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Podcast 028: Adolescent Medicine With Dr Linette Gomes

Chronic diseases can strike people of all ages, from foetus to corpse (probably not inclusive). Adolescent medicine is what it sounds like: the branch of medicine that deals with adolescents, particularly when it comes to chronic diseases.

In this episode, Dr Linette talks about what adolescent medicine involves and the type of health practitioner it suits.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Linette Gomes is a paediatrician and adolescent medicine physician. She is currently appointed as a senior staff specialist in the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Unit of Westmead Hospital.

Dr Linette’s specialty is in the area of behavioural and developmental paediatrics. She has a PhD. in “Medical Expertise in the Management of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) with Hyperactivity” from the Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Dr Linette was previously the Head of Paediatrics at Hawkesbury District Hospital. She continues to have a private clinical practice at Rouse Hill, where she sees younger patients with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning difficulties and developmental delay. Her main interests and work are now in her staff specialist position at the AYAM unit, Westmead Hospital, where she hopes to make a valuable contribution in the years to come.

Outside her work, Dr Linette’s life revolves around her family and friends. She enjoys reading and travelling.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 027: Otolaryngology With Dr Faruque Riffat

Otolaryngology isn’t likely to be any child’s first word, but it sure makes for a great Hangman game!

In this episode, Dr Faruque talks about the specialty colloquially known as ENT and gems of wisdom for making it onto a specialty program.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Faruque Riffat is a consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon with fellowship training in head and neck oncology, paediatric ENT, thyroid/parathyroid surgery and adult airway open/endoscopic laser surgery. He is one of a handful of ENT surgeons to be fully registered for specialist practice in Australia.

Dr Faruque graduated with an MBBS (Hons 1) degree from UNSW, obtaining prizes in anatomy and microbiology. He finished basic surgical training after obtaining the prize for the highest score for the FRACS part 1. He has also been awarded a Master of Surgery.

Dr Faruque was the first Australian surgeon to undertake a post-FRACS head and neck cancer surgery fellowship in Cambridge University Hospital. He now treats public adult and children through Westmead Hospital and the area health service and private through Norwest, Westmead Private and Macquarie University Hospital.

Dr Faruque has an active interest in teaching and research in ENT/Head and Neck, having completed a masters in surgical education and has been involved in over 40 peer reviewed publications and abstracts.

Dr Faruque has even been educated in 7 countries (4 continents) and enjoys dune bashing in deserts and falconeering!

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Jordan D. Peterson, otherwise known as Ehsan Farshid and Lily Chen.

Podcast 026: Dermatology With Dr Pablo Fernández-Peñas

Skin is good. Skin is great. Skin is important to every person, especially when it comes to quality of life.

In this episode, Professor Pablo talks about why dermatology is extremely exciting and matters as a specialty.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Pablo Fernández-Peñas is Professor in Dermatology at the University of Sydney, Head of the Department of Dermatology at Westmead Hospital and Director of the Centre for Translational Skin Research in Sydney, Australia. Previously, he was Staff Specialist (Dermatology) at Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Clinical Professor at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain and Head of Research at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia.

Since 2007, Professor Pablo has expanded clinical, research and education services in Western Sydney. He opened the Dermatology Comprehensive Clinical Centre at Westmead Hospital and set up the Dermatology Clinical Trials and Research Unit, participating in 40+ clinical trials.

Professor Pablo’s main fields of interest are oncodermatology, immunology, quality of life, and information technologies. He has 180+ publications in peer review journals.

As well as being a passionate teacher and researcher, Professor Pablo’s hobbies include bushwalking, travelling and music.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 025: Anaesthetics Nursing With Pete Kelly

Nursing and doctoring are hearty friends who hold hands while prancing off into the sunset. Together, their teamwork is something that can make health care great. Long live patient welfare!

In this episode, Pete talks about what nursing involves, different types of nursing and how nurses and doctors can work together to make a better patient experience.

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About the guest speaker

Pete Kelly has been nursing for 17 years – with 16 of those in anaesthetic nursing. His passion for patient care in the perianaesthetic field is backed up by his involvement in research and education, specifically pertaining to difficult airway management and trauma anaesthesia.

Pete is keen to see the field of anaesthetic nursing grow with the addition of skills and responsibilities.

Additional credits

Maniacal laughter by Justin “Purple J” Lambert, Stan “Disapproving Head Shake” Domeshok, German “German Dave” Dave and Anushka “Gate Opener” Wikramanayake.

Fan feedback by Justin “Purple J” Lambert, Stan “Disapproving Head Shake” Domeshok, German “German Dave” Dave, Anushka “Gate Opener” Wikramanayake, Katie “Spanish Influenza” Honan and Sal “Moral Support” Yeung.

Music credits

Opening and closing jingles by Katie “Spanish Influenza” Honan.

Backing music by Lily Chen.

Podcast 024: Orthopaedic Surgery With Dr Saqib Noor

Bones are the putative skeleton of the human body, so it’s important that they’re not broken. Hold on! They actually are the skeleton! That means we need orthopaedic surgery to fix them.

In this episode, Dr Saqib talks about orthopaedic surgery, charitable work and international inequalities in health care.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Saqib Noor is an orthopaedic surgeon and creative genius.

Dr Saqib has written a book, Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants, describing his life changing experiences as a surgeon in austere settings (http://mybook.to/SotSog) and has used these experiences to help start a new project dedicated to improving global surgery worldwide – One Surgery (https://one.surgery).

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 023: Pathology With Dr Nicky Graf

There are many things that can go wrong in the human body. Luckily, there’s a specialty that studies it: pathology. After all, a tissue diagnosis must be made! The show must go on!

In this episode, Dr Nicky talks about work, microscopes and social interaction in the specialty of pathology.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Nicky Graf completed her pathology training in 2000, and has been a staff specialist (Anatomical Pathology) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead since 2001, with a specialty focus of paediatric and perinatal pathology. She has been the department head for the past 10 years (since Oct 2007).

Dr Nicky has a particular interest in paediatric tumour pathology and renal pathology, but covers all areas of paediatric and perinatal pathology practice. Her department is one of three sites (although the largest with regards to case load) servicing the newly created state-wide perinatal pathology service.

Dr Nicky’s interests are reading, spending time with her family, skiing (snow) and travel (recently went to Antarctica – amazing!).

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.