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Professional Bodies – Australian College for Emergency Medicine – Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine – Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists – Royal Australian College of GPs – Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists – Royal Australian College of Surgeons

Primary Care – Casey Parker’s one man mission to improve his standing on Google (click for the other Casey Parker). An excellent resource for the rural doctor with well-thought out evidence-based cases and discussion, plus downloadable podcasts

DocDownUnder – Rural GP proceduralist Dr Francois Pretorius documents his experiences in Australia, including the move from solo rural GP in SA to Qld.

The Doctor’s Dilemma – from prize-winning poet and GP registrar Dr Marlene Pearce. – A collaboration from various primary care doctors in Australia, covering relevant FOAMed topics of interest to primary care doctors

GreenGP – Dr Melanie Clothier reflects on life as a rural GP trainee, preventative medicine (let’s face it, this is where it is at) and topics relevant to rural doctors – rambling series of infrequent posts from Tim Leeuwenburg on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Mostly to do with issues around rural GP on my favourite topics of GP-Anaesthesia, Trauma and Health Bureaucracy in SA. Views my own and not endorsed by other doctors on KI

Nomadic GP – GP-Obstetrician Dr Penny Wilson shares her thoughts on life as a rural locum – passionate and erudite, I would recommend her site.

NotJustAGP – Dr David Chessor gives his insights on life as a GP, veritably glowing with pride in his choice of profession. Truly general practice is the best job in the world. Either that or David needs to take his meds… – Practice website but with insightful blog from Dr Edwin Kruys in Geraldton, WA. Not afraid to tackle the big issues like PHECR and bulk-billing, and compiles a weekly FOAMed newsletter.

PHARM – He “works in the sky & live in the tropics” – Minh le Cong has gained a reputation not just as a promiscuous blogger and airway enthusiast, but also a staunch advocate of ketamine (re-named keta-Minh). He brings his considerable talents to PHARM (prehospital and retrieval medicine) from the perspective of an RFDS doc – but has a firm background in prior life as a rural GP. Recommend this blog for ANY rural GP proceduralist or those who cover A&E on call.

Rural Flying Doc – Up & coming rural GP registrar Dr Gerry Considine from South Australia provides thoughtful insights into primary care topics. An advocate of FOAMed and regular on BroomeDocs podcasts, Gerry is one to watch…

Rural Health SA – Dr Scott Lewis – Scott is a procedural GP in the small town of Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula, SA. He is also the current President of the RDASA. Here he writes musings on life as a rural doctor and is keen to counteract the negative stereotypes that can abound…

The Influence of the Tricorder – from Dr Tim Senior, an enthusiastic advocate of FOAMed, SoMe and inventor of ‘twittervision’ for supervising remote rural registrars…


Frequently used and most visited (Dr. Gavin Doolan @anaestricks has a wealth of helpful tips/tricks and helpful practice) (Twitter class and case discussion) (Practice makes perfect, ECG interpretation is an essential GP anaesthetist skill) (Leading generalist blog with a rural critical care flavor) (Minh posts widely on airway management and PHARM hosts an amazing array of airway videos) (Principal regional anaesthesia site with a wealth of information and instruction, making it possible to learn regional techniques) (Exceptional reviews of anaesthetic topics) (Joondalup Anaesthetic Pain manual, JCCA training in WA)


These articles provide excellent reviews, pitched at the busy anaesthetist to keep them relevant with an ever changing clinical environment. (Australian critical care journal, incredibly helpful and current opinion in anaesthesia) (Basic science and clinical anaesthesia articles) (Critical care review articles, easy to read)

Critical care blogs

Both of these need no introduction, they are must-read blogs for all GP anaesthetists

Anaesthesia blogs

These sites are on my blog roll and provide an array of anaesthestic perspectives from around the world.

Emergency Medicine – Orthopaedics & Trauma – Paediatrics



Academic Life in EM

Best Evidence Topics

BoringEM – tackles the EM topics that others fear. Like constipation.

Broome Docs – rural doc Casey Parker on a mission to bring “quality care, everywhere”

Crashing Patient – a webtext of ED / Critical Care

ED Trauma & Critical Care

EMCrit – Scott Weingart “Bringing Upstairs Care, Downstairs”

Emergency Medicine Ireland – doesn’t need a translator and rumoured to supply free Guiness

Emergency Medicine & Paediatric EM – good paeds EM resource

Emergency Medicine Tutorials – for Australasian trainees, useful for rural docs

Guidelines Database – not surprisingly, a list of guidelines

Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (SA) – South Australia’s excellent cardiac support service

Intensive Care Network – useful for those with a critical care bent

Intranasal Drug Delivery – does what it says on the can – the ‘go to’ site for most Australasian EM FOAMed

MDCalc – excellent resource for online calculations – PERC, Wells’ etc

Number Needed to Treat – useful database on interventions and their NNT. Recommended.

Practical Evidence Podcast

Resus.Medical Education – from master resuscitationist, HEMS doc & nice guy Dr Cliff Reid, NSW

Sceptics Guide to Emergency Medicine – question everything, trust no one

Emergency Trauma Management Course – FOAMed goodness, teaches the stuff they don’t teach elsewhere


Australian Trauma Society – it’s a club about trauma down under

OrthoInfo – takes us beyond the simplistic “there is a bone, I must fix it”

The Bone Shop survival guide


Royal Children’s Hospital – Clinical Practice Guidelines

Paediatric EM

Royal Manchester Hospital PICU calculator

The Royal Women’s Hospital (Australia)


NICE Guidelines – from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, UK

RANZCOG guidelines – Australia & NZ professional guidelines

ROCG guidelines – UK O&G guidelines

SA Perinatal Guidelines – useful for those in South Australia

Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand – I wonder what the collective noun is for members?

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada – Canada has many parallels with Australian practice.

Pre Hospital & Retrieval Medicine

A Day in the Life of a BASICS Doc – BASICS docs adding expertise to ambulance and retrieval scenarios

Auckland HEMS – useful site, especially their sim scenarios

MedSTAR SA – pretty red suits and an excellent retrieval service for rural South Australia

PHARM (Minh le Cong, former rural GP now retrievalist, airway, ketamine & FOAMed enthusiast)

RESUS.ME (Cliff Reid’s excellent RESUS.medical education blog)

RFDS Resources for Health Professionals – excellent resource for rural doctors

SCAN CRIT – tall, blonde and not afraid to let it hang out in the sauna, these Norse Gods bring EBM to FOAMed

SYDNEY HEMS – excellent resources with many of their SOPs and Manuals applicable to rural doctors

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I am a Rural Doctor on Kangaroo Island, South Australia with interests in EM, Anaes & Trauma. I am an Ass/Prof in Aeromedical Retrieval with Charles Darwin University and hold senior specialist (retrieval) positions in NT and QLD Avid user & creator of #FOAMed; EMST & ATLS Director, Instruct & Direct on; faculty for Critically Ill Airway course and smaccAIRWAY workshops. Opinions expressed on these sites must not be used to make decisions about individual health related matters or clinical care as medical details vary from one case to another. Reader is responsible for checking information inc drug doses etc.

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