Elizabeth Sturgiss

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BACKGROUND Anogenital warts are a common initial presentation to the Canberra Sexual Health Centre. It is anticipated that the introduction of human papillomavirus vaccination will reduce the incidence of anogenital warts. The present study determines the prevalence of other sexually transmissible infections in patients newly diagnosed with warts who may(More)
This retrospective clinical audit reviews cases of adult sexual assault where the victim alleges that they were penetrated with a foreign object. These assaults were more likely to have positive genital and non-genital findings recorded by the clinician compared to assaults where no object was used. There is a suggestion that these assaults may be more(More)
Forensic physicians provide both medical care and forensic consultations to detainees in police custody. There is a paucity of Australian data regarding characteristics of detainees and the type of work provided by forensic physicians in this setting. This retrospective audit of a clinical forensic service in Canberra, Australia will assist with service(More)
Background. Obesity is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Australian community, and general practitioners (GPs) are commonly approached by patients for assistance in losing weight. Previous studies have shown that GPs have low self-efficacy and low outcome expectation when it comes to managing overweight and obese patients, which affects(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is commonly seen in the Australian general practice population; however, few resources are specifically targeted at GPs working with these patients. The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) guideline for managing patients who are overweight and obese supports the involvement of a regular health professional. As 85 % of(More)
BACKGROUND Primary health care requires new approaches to assist patients with overweight and obesity. This is a particular concern for patients with limited access to specialist or allied health services due to financial cost or location. The Change Program is a toolkit that provides a structured approach for GPs working with patients on weight management.(More)
BACKGROUND A general practitioner's (GP's) daily workload includes an ever-increasing number of patients who are overweight and obese. A number of Australian guidelines are aimed at assisting GPs who are managing this group of adult patients. OBJECTIVE The objective of this article is to synthesise selected national Australian guidelines for GPs in the(More)
Obesity is a chronic condition with significant health and economic consequences that requires more effective management in Australia. General practitioners (GPs) currently act as care co-ordinators in line with national guidelines for overweight and obesity. Australian patients indicate that they would appreciate more involvement from their GP in the(More)
BACKGROUND Despite low uptake of practice ownership by recent trainees, research has shown that registrars are interested in learning about practice ownership. We aimed to determine how registrars would prefer to learn these skills during general practice training. METHODS A qualitative study using focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Participants(More)
OBJECTIVES Internationally, general practitioners (GPs) are being encouraged to take an active role in the care of their patients with obesity, but as yet there are few tools for them to implement within their clinics. This study assessed the self-efficacy and confidence of GPs before and after implementing a weight management programme in their practice.(More)