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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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  1. tigtog
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    That image from The Simpsons was exactly the one I thought of when I read that story about scary clowns.

    Jay’s medicine language experience is interesting (eta: and varies from reports in Aus). I actually remember hearing a high-school principal tell the parents of new students that one of last years graduates had gone on to study medicine. The next week I had a moment to talk to him and decided to be blunt: that I didn’t think it was a good idea to say such a thing when many, many parents knew that medicine was now a postgraduate degree so that it was logistically impossible for a high-school graduate to go straight into a medical degree. His answer was “oh, but he’s studying physiotherapy, and of course he’ll go on to medicine from there!” I told him that, knowing someone on USyd’s selection committee, I was confident that advising students who wanted to do medicine to follow such a course was bad advice, because selection committees positively favour more well-rounded applicants, but I don’t think he believed me.

    If all the people who want to be doctors are only doing bioscience degrees as preparation for med school, it makes life difficult for other professions in the health field to plan adequately for how many practitioners will actually result from their training programs. How many people studying nursing, physiotherapy, anatomy&physiology, biochemistry, pharmacy etc are only there to get high marks to make it into med school?

  2. Brownie Bwca O'Dyne
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    While doing a project for business study I analysed the HR procedure at Ballarat Base Hospital (2000+ employees,it serves the entire area beyond Ballarat and is a huge industry)
    I discovered that the ‘shortage of country doctors’ they squawk about, is because they will only hire an applicant who ALSO has a Management Qualification (of the type I was studying when I did the effing analysis)

    so picture this: parents running to Casualty with bleeding child, and how vital to them is it whether their Saviour understands Organisational Environment?

    eejits run everything.

    Brownie Bwca O’Dyne’s last blog post..New Beau Brummell

  3. tigtog
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    I’m really loving those photos of bare-torso women in NYC. The reactions of people around them are often the best part. Like this one [link] and the woman covering her son’s eyes in this one [link]

    The last link above and this one were particularly telling: why is it socially OK for him and not for her? [link]

  4. tigtog
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    Oh, and this was exactly how I felt before my breast reduction surgery. [link]

  5. Beppie
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    Heee. I’m glad you liked my comment at Teh Portly Dyke. :D

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