Welcome to my blog. I first started it in 2011, at the suggestion of some friends who suggested some of my long-form rants on Twitter would be more suited to a blog.
I am an infectious diseases physician working in Far North Queensland. My main job centers around the prevention of antibiotic resistance – I am the chair of our local hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program. As well as working at a local level to improve doctors’ prescribing, I’m on the advisory board for a massively online open course on antimicrobial stewardship, and I read widely on the politics of antimicrobial resistance.
I also practice as an HIV clinician and am a member of the Board of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health (ASHM). I’m passionate about infection prevention and control and am somewhat of a data nerd – I spend quite a bit of time crunching our hospital’s infection control data myself; because I can, because I like it (and also because we don’t have a dedicated data professional, but that’s probably least important of the three).
I joined Electronic Frontiers Australia in 2010 to help make a stand over the ALP’s proposed internet filter and have maintained a strong interest in digital rights issues ever since, I was a member of the Pirate Party Australia and involved in early discussions about the development of the Australian Progressive Party but am no longer a member of either.
Currently, I am most involved with Future Wise. We are a group committed to improving the future of Australia and are self-funded and not affiliated with anybody at all. My areas of interest with Future Wise are health policy – Australian and global, Open Access to scientific data as well as government information and the spread of Open* ideas more generally, and technology, especially as it applies to healthcare. I have academic appointments as a clinical Senior Lecturer with the James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry and with the Rural Clinical School of the University of Queensland.I have sometimes written for The Conversation because I think Creative-Commons academic engagement is a great idea (and also because it annoys Geordie).