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SafeScript, Victoria’s real-time prescription monitoring system, is on track for implementation to start later this year. Roll-out will initially be focused in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network catchment area, before being extended to the rest of Victoria in early 2019.   ...

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You don't need to get prior approval from the Department of Human Services to prescribe Authority Required (STREAMLINED) items.  Read More (Source: Department Human Services)
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Heart Week runs from Sunday 29 April – Sunday 6 May. This year the Heart Foundation is talking about the importance of physical activity in reducing the prevalence and impact of risk factors for heart disease. The Heart Foundation has developed a number of resources for Health Professionals t...

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Tasmania will join the ranks of other Australian states by establishing a statewide organisation to champion the needs of local healthcare consumers. Design of the new state-based healthcare consumer organisation - which will enable the health system, healthcare providers and policy makers to partne...

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The Department of Humans Services is starting to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers.    To strengthen the security of Medicare card information, from May 2018 additional security questions will be asked as pa...

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Medical and healthcare practitioners are being urged to remember their tax obligations when they receive a lump sum payment.   The ATO has noticed a number of arrangements in the healthcare services industry where a lump sum is paid which the recipient might think is a capital gain, but is mo...

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The Department of Human Services has updated order forms to request prescription stationery.  Read More Source: Department of Human Services
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Consumers and health professionals are advised that, for the 2018 influenza season, natural rubber latex is present in the sheath covering the needle of trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad. Fluad is available for people aged 65 years and over through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).  R...

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A national conversation to address unnecessary healthcare is being led by Australia’s medical colleges, societies and associations through the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. Facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely challenges the way the health sector and consumers thi...

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Every day, clinicians across Australia prescribe medicines for their patients, and pharmacists dispense them. The clinical systems that manage these processes may vary widely, and it is vital that the medicines information within these diverse systems is always interpreted correctly. Australia ...

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