Ampoule is hosted by the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA); the peak representative body for Australia's 17,000+ up and coming doctors. Our podcasts will give you access to unparalleled, driven guests, upskill you in areas med school doesn't cover and will make you a more confident advocate about the areas you care about.
Opioids and Big Pharma ft. David Juurlink
Dr David Juurlink is a Canadian pharmacologist, toxicologist and internal medicine doctor. He is known for researching adverse effects caused by drug interactions, as well as an entertaining but informative presence on twitter. Notably, David has been publicly critical of regular prescribing of dangerous opioids like Tramadol and fentanyl.
In this episode, Dr Juurlink walks me through the basics of opioids and the origin of the opioid epidemic. In doing so, we speak about how doctors can fall into the trap of overprescribing and what we can do to prevent that.
Donating Life ft. Liam Virtue
In this episode, Liam is kind enough to share his story with bone marrow donation and leukaemia. Liam is currently running a fundraiser for the leukaemia foundation and he speaks to me about some the great stuff they did for him and his family. Their publications taught lil' Liam what leukaemia was (and how to spell it), put a roof over Liam's family's heads for 6 months in the Brisbane CBD, and gave them Christmas presents to top it all off. Liam has some entertaining but informative stories centered around the good that comes about from bone marrow donation and donation in general. We have a pretty lengthy chat about the state of Liam’s head, having grown out his hair for the fundraiser, and finish up by debunking some of the myths associated with marrow donation.
If you would like to donate to Liam's fundraiser, please click on the following link or find it on Liam's facebook page (Liam Virtue): https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=793367&fbclid=IwAR2WkUnBJ0TpEye7-WFimetTj-Z2HVPT5ZoiBBhGfsllEFAulwv1pKmOW4M
Travis Lines ft. Policy
Travis lines is a soon to be graduated MD/MPH student and our very own National Policy Officer for 2020. Travis is easily spotted in public, wearing at least one akubra and donning a pair of RMs at all times. Some say he even wears them swimming.
This episode serves as a great introduction to all things AMSA for the uninitiated and offers insight into what thoughts are generated under that red hair and great mane. We begin with discussion about xiao long bao and then transition into the process of policy making from its inception to its implementation. We cap off the episode with a heated debate regarding the proper use of the term 'footy' as well as some armchair epidemiology.
Living Life as a Quadriplegic Doctor ft. Dinesh Palipana
Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, legal professional and disability advocate. During medical school Dinesh was involved in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. That didn’t stop him though - Dinesh went on to finish medical school and became the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland. Since then, Dinesh became the team doctor for the Gold Coast Titans Physical Disability Rugby League team and became a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
In this episode I chat to Dinesh about his journey through medicine and the massive hurdles he managed to overcome. We go on to speak about some of his advocacy work for Doctors with Disabilities Australia and finish on a conversation about how to approach life's challenges
Leaving Medicine for Writing ft. Nick Earls
Nick Earls writes long, short and medium-sized fiction, so far tallying 27 books for adults, teenagers and children. In addition to being a prolific Brisbane author, he is a University of Queensland Medical School Alumni and worked as a GP for 10 years. After leaving medicine for writing, Nick went full circle and is now teaching a creative writing course to second year medical students at UQ. Nick is full of anecdotes and never fails to entertain.
In this episode, we chat about Nick's transition from medicine into writing and how fiction can inform empathy in practice along with several hilarious insights into the life of an author.
Mellissa Naidoo: Self care for doctors and learning how to say no to opportunities
In the final episode of the Mel2.0 podcast series we have double the Mel! Our team member Mel sits down with Dr. Mellissa Naidoo who in this episode discusses how her career in medicine evolved from being a budding paediatrician, to then discovering a passion for medical leadership and advocacy, for not just women in medicine but also diversity in medicine. She emphasises the importance of knowing when to say yes to opportunities, but also the importance of saying no. With the unique perspective of medicine as both a doctor and patient she reflects on how important it is to keep things in perspective and take care of yourself in order to take care of your patients.