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From 1 November 2017, there are new limits for some consultation items done by specialists and consultant physicians. Read More
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From 1 November 2017, GP consultations will be exempt from aftercare rules where the GP does not perform the operation. Read More
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Australia’s productivity growth has been stagnant for over a decade and, according to a new report, our health policies and programs could be partly to blame. Released on 24 October, the Productivity Commission report also highlights how the health-care sector (among others) could play a starr...

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Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children ... ... About 4,500 Victorians aged 0 to 14 years old are hospitalised every year due to den...

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  Claiming services on behalf of a general practitioner There are things to check if you’re a practice nurse claiming services you provided on behalf of a medical practitioner. The Department of Human Services has developed a practice nurse items education guide with an easy reference ...

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) developed the Veterans’ MATES program to provide tailored information for individual doctors’ practices about veteran patients’ pharmaceutical use. Data from pharmaceutical claims is used to collate patient information tailored to ...

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A global drive to reduce medication errors by 50 per cent within five years was launched in Brisbane earlier this month, as part of a new push by the World Health Organization to save lives and reduce the harm caused by medication mix-ups. The WHO’s third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ca...

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Illness or injury in the workplace is more common than you might think. No matter what industry you’re in, the safety of your employees is something that can’t be ignored when running a business. According to Safe Work Australia preliminary data there were 107,355 serious workers&rsqu...

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Smoking-related deaths among Indigenous Australians are likely to continue to rise and peak over the next decade despite big reductions in smoking over the past 20 years, a new study led by ANU has found. Lead researcher Dr Ray Lovett said the study found the lag between smoking and the onset of ...

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Widespread use of a simple online assessment tool could prevent thousands of Australians dying from heart disease, according to a new policy paper launched by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) at Victoria University. Launched in Canberra, the paper Heart Health: the first step to ...

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