'Distance is no obstacle' is a podcast series aimed at providing medical education and information to rural health professionals

The podcasts on this page are relevant for clinicians working in women's health.

Recognising and treating alcohol dependence

Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Kelly Ridley about supporting patients with alcohol dependence.


Treating nicotine dependence

Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Kelly Ridley about supporting patients with alcohol dependence.

Breast screening and beyond

Dr Diana Hastrich, breast specialist and surgeon discusses breast screening, breast examinations, treatment options and patient outcomes.

Changes to cervical screening programs

Dr Louise Farrell, Head of Colposcopy at King Edward Memorial Hospital discusses changes to cervical screening programs and the impact this has had on the detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

The importance of sleep on health and well-being

Senior Respiratory Scientist from Cardio Respiratory Sleep, Martin McPhilimey discusses the importance of sleep and the clinical impacts of poor sleep. 

Sleep apnea - signs and symptoms, clinical implications and treatment options

Senior Respiratory Scientist from Cardio Respiratory Sleep, Martin McPhilimey discusses sleep apnea, signs and symptoms a patient may have sleep apnea and the clinical implications for patients.

Screening and treating sexually transmitted infections

Dr Olga Ward talks to Dr Lewis Marshall, Public Health Physician and Head of Sexual Health Service for Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals about screening and treating patients with STIs.

Motivational interviewing

Stavroula Zandes, founder of Health and Wellbeing Training Consultants, talks about the role of motivational interviewing in encouraging patients to make positive changes to their lifestyle. Stav discusses the importance of showing empathy, exploring ambivalence, listening reflectively and helping clients to reframe their perspective. 

Drug and alcohol misuse and mental health conditions

Paul Dessauer, Outreach Coordinator from Peer-Based Harm Reduction WA talks to us about the association between drug and alcohol misuse and mental health conditions, particularly anxiety and depression. Paul shares information on how particular drug and alcohol use may impact on existing mental health conditions.

Diabetes education in rural WA

Gill Denny, Teleservices Manager and Alison Ilijovski, Credentialed Diabetes Educator from Diabetes WA chat to us about how rural medical practitioners and patients can access diabetes education from their own homes through the Diabetes Telehealth Service. Diabetes WA aims to support people living with or affected by diabetes and suffering from related chronic conditions.

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