About Michael Tam

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist in General Practice at the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield Hospital, located in South Western Sydney. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia. His clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are in the detection of at-risk drinking in the primary care setting, and in e-learning in medical education.

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

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The usual culprit is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”.
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Michael Tam, University of Sydney

Impetigo, or “school sores”, is a contagious infection of the very top layer of skin. It’s most common in children aged two to six, and ends up spreading from child to child in schools and daycare centres, but can affect children and adults of all ages.

The good news is that it’s unlikely to cause serious harm. It usually clears up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Continue reading

Older people: GP follow-up after an ED visit – the ED2GP study

This presentation was delivered at the Northern Jiangsu People’s Hospital in Yangzhou on Tuesday 12 December 2017, and at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University on Wednesday 13 December 2017. (PDF)