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Kim Oates

About Kim Oates

Kim Oates is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, a former CEO of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a former President of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and an elected Founding member, International Academy of Quality and Safety.

In this pandemic, children will suffer far more than we realise

We are told, quite correctly, that one of the few bright spots of the Covid-19 pandemic is that children are at significantly lower risk of being infected, and less likely to have a severe illness should they become infected. But … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. Anxiety and the Etiquette of Walking

When we meet people walking towards us, have you noticed how anxious many look? Anxiety can be damaging to mental health. What can we do to help reduce damaging anxiety?

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KIM OATES.-COVID-19. Good news and bad news for children

There is good news for most children and bad news for some in this pandemic. Unlike most epidemics, where those at both ends of the age spectrum are more likely to succumb, the good news is that we are seeing … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. Ten questions patients should ask their doctor.

Although patients are the people who have the best knowledge of themselves and their particular concerns and who obviously have a strong interest in achieving a good outcome, they are often reluctant to ask their doctor questions.

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KIM OATES. An insidious tragedy

Imagine what would happen if a fully laden 747 airliner crashed in Australia every week for a whole year. There would be public outcry, an outrage, swift political action and  an enquiry at the highest level, possibly a Royal Commission.

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KIM OATES. If we listened to children the world would be a better place

Last week was National Children’s week, with a theme that children’s views and opinions should be respected, that they have a right to be heard.

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KIM OATES. Viewpoint: “Always say something positive about the child” (Berry Brazelton 1918-2018)

Over 40 years ago, I was fortunate to do some of my paediatric training with Berry Brazelton. He wasn’t famous then, but there was something about him that set him apart from the purely organic focus of most of the … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. The Royal Commission, a beginning, not an end.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is testament to both the evil in our society and to the courage and determination of many of the victims. But we need to be aware that most child sexual … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. Infections in healthcare: common but eminently preventable

Infections acquired in hospitals are a major contributor not only to avoidable deaths but also to the cost of health care. Among preventative measures the simple but often neglected practice of hand-washing stands out.

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KIM OATES. The health gap.

“The problem is ………. that we have been pursuing economic policy that benefits the one per cent. Trickle-down economics is defunct and does not work”. “Politics quickly departs from evidence into the realm of ideology ….. But evidence must be … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. Respecting patients and keeping them safe

Some words of advice from Kim Oates for doctors and other health workers. The patient is the reason for health services. Health workers are means to that end.  

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Kim Oates. Excuse me doctor, have you washed your hands?

Imagine you are a patient in hospital. The doctor draws back the bed sheet to examine your abdomen. Before you are touched, you say “Excuse me doctor, have you washed your hands?” Would you dare? Would you be too embarrassed, … Continue reading

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Kim Oates. Don’t forget children when talking about domestic violence

Children are victims of domestic violence too. Last week the Children’s Commissioner released this year’s children’s rights report. It provided new data about the prevalence of child physical and sexual abuse and their links with domestic violence. Christmas, traditionally a time … Continue reading

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Kim Oates.  The Forgotten Children

I have just read the report of the Australian Human Rights Commission on Children in Detention “The Forgotten Children”. It is clear, factual and unemotional.  It is supported by evidence and is non-partisan. It is not on the side of … Continue reading

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Child sexual abuse: who are the abusers? Guest blogger, Professor Kim Oates

The awareness of the existence of child sex abuse, particularly its frequency, has only occurred in relatively recent times.  Now, we read or view daily stories about it. Whether this widespread public awareness of the problem has done much to … Continue reading

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