Catherine King MP 3

Further to this post.

Our email sent to Ms King, the Shadow Minster for Health in the Federal Parliament, on 16 Aug 2016, still not even acknowledged yet, let alone replied to, despite reminders being sent to her.

It appears that neither she nor her party has any interest in or concerns about claims being made that 360 patients are being killed in Australia by medical error EVERY WEEK!

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Hearing Life

In terms of how we got on in our efforts to contact Hearing Life, it would be hard to imagine an organisation worse to deal with.

It’s obvious that it’s management wants to avoid revealing any ordinary email addresses or putting anything in writing like the plague.

We will write this up as time allows.

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Hearing help organisations

Australian Hearinginfo@hearing.com.au

Hearing LifeEmail Form

National Hearing Care Claims to be “Australia’s largest independent hearing specialist, with over 20 years experience.” For more on National Hearing Care use this link.

The Hearing Care ShopEmail Form

ACT Deafness Resource Center

Hearing Loss Organisations and Associations A list of 26 organisations and associations mainly based in the US.

It seems that as well as the large hearing help organisations that have lots of branches, smaller organisations are springing up that have one or two branches. Perhaps they see gaps in the market place that they feel the larger organisations are not filling? These are two of those:-

The Independent Hearing Centre – Email Form

Shout Hearing Healthcare

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CrowdMed – an exciting discovery?

We’ve got not the slightest doubt that in the near future, if we have symptoms that are other than completely straight forward, we’ll turn to organisations like CrowdMed first to provide an accurate diagnosis of what we have rather than to a doctor or doctors – and perhaps we’ve reached that point already.

We couldn’t agree more with this extract from an article on them.

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We’ve looked into CrowdMed to a certain extent – use this link to go to our summary page.

But we intend to investigate them really thoroughly and add to this summary page as time allows.

We don’t yet know what their fees might be – which may or may not be an issue.

To us CrowdMed is a really exciting discovery. And what’s more, we’re sure lots of other CrowdMeds will appear on the internet as time goes by.

What do our readers think?

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Catherine King MP 2

Further to this post.

A 25 Aug 2025 update: 360 every week being killed and 1,000 every week being permanently injured by medical error are pretty big numbers, wouldn’t you agree? You’d think that the politicians would be able to respond pretty quickly with what’s being done about it.

Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Not very likely, with the likes of Catherine King anyway.

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Modern diagnosis 3

We read once that in the year 1900 50% of the American population was involved in producing food, and now it’s 3% – huge tractors, huge ploughs, huge seeding and harvesting machinery in the place of things like farmers walking behind horses with single furrow ploughs. (Apparently Henry Ford in response to criticisms of his production lines for being boring for his workers for 9 hours a day said, “Not as boring as walking behind a horse pulling a single furrow plough for 16 hours a day.”)

We believe that we are on the verge of a similar revolution in health workers diagnosing health and wellness problems, treating them and providing information – that at present, in these things, we’re at the “walking behind a horse pulling a single furrow plough for 16 hours a day” stage.

Things like Crowdmed and “Watson,” referred to in previous posts, are just the beginning.

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Modern diagnosis 2

Further to this post, the same article has this paragraph in it:-

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See this Wikipedia article on “Watson” and see this paragraph in it:-

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It would be interesting to know how “Watson” has progressed in the three and a half years since February 2013.

We have not the slightest doubt that in the near future, if not already, if a patient gets a diagnosis from a doctor about which they have any concerns, if they get one which is different from a Crowdmed or a “Watson”, that the onus will be on the doctor to establish that they haven’t been negligent.

Perhaps there are already Sydney doctors working with Crowdmed and “Watson.” Are there?

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Modern diagnosis 1

See this articleCrowdMed, (misspelt in the article,) could be of incredible interest to some.

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It has a website, and a Wikipedia article on it.

(See this comment in this Wikipedia article – “Medical regulatory experts are also skeptical of the site, as they believe it is an “unauthorised practice of medicine.”” Large sections of the medical profession, of course, just want the system we’ve had for hundreds of years to continue, in which patients traipse from doctor to doctor, with very little guidance as to who’s good at what, paying $500-1,000 an hour to people who are often incapable of providing proper diagnosis, and will fight against organisations like Crowdmed “tooth and nail.”

We have not the slightest doubt about two things. Firstly, that despite this opposition, more and more organisations like Crowdmed will keep emerging all round the world. Secondly, that there will be more and more people with expertise in working with these organisations to assist patients to know exactly what’s wrong with them much more quickly, more accurately and more cheaply than happens at present – whether they will be doctors or others remains to be seen. Perhaps readers know of such people already?

Of course, in the meantime, stories of tragic misdiagnoses abound.

(Of course, dud doctors always start off with a wrong diagnosis, perhaps unintentionally through their ignorance, but perhaps even intentionally, so that they can use it as a basis for the wrong treatment which gives them more money than the right treatment. The story of Dr Andrew Brooks, Urologist, is a classical example of this latter.)

We’d love to hear from readers who have any feedback on these matters.

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The Medical Profession in NSW/Australia – dealing with 26

This is a link to an article with this heading:-

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and there are lots of similar articles around. One of them claims the epidemic has already resulted in 45 deaths in NSW.

We have long believed that, when something like this occurs, the governments, the medical profession or someone should, as soon as possible, have put up on the internet:-

  • a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to, in this case, the flu.
  • a list of the very best medical people to go and see about it.
  • an ordinary email address providing access to an expert or experts who could provide answers to questions not covered by the FAQs or for those who just didn’t have the time to go through all the FAQs to provide an answer to one of their questions or would prefer to get an answer from an expert tailored to the exact needs.

And one of the things that has long fascinated us – what if providing these things could be turned into a viable business? What if people would pay, say, $12, or whatever, for an answer tailored exactly to one of their questions, and whatever it was, was enough for people to find it worthwhile doing it. Of course if ever it got to this point the world would suddenly be a very different place.

Unlikely as this may seem, it would seem more likely than that governments or the medical profession would do it.

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Catherine King MP 1

Three days ago we emailed this letter to Ms Catherine King.

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Ms King is the Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare in the Federal Parliament.

We would have thought that claims that medical error is causing over 360 to die every week in Australia and 1,000 a week to end up with permanent injury would be of some concern to the Labor Party in general and Ms King in particular. We’ll let you know if we hear anything from her.

A 25 Aug 2025 update: 360 every week being killed and 1,000 every week being permanently injured by medical error are pretty big numbers, wouldn’t you agree? You’d think that the politicians would be able to respond pretty quickly with what’s being done about it.

Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Not very likely, with the likes of Catherine King anyway.

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