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The Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program is for eligible Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holders with one or more targeted chronic conditions or complex care needs. Practice managers play an important role in coordinating their care. The CVC contact details have changed:...

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Medicare customer benefit cheques have stopped. This means your patients must have current bank account details registered with Medicare to receive their benefit. Their benefit will be paid electronically into their bank account, usually by the next working day.  This change was announced in...

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Researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab have published a paper of their findings from a study of 501 women between 20 and 35 years old, who were surveyed about their body image and asked to recall how frequently their parent(s) commented about their weight. Key findings were tha...

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A landmark study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne says that regular exercise in middle age can help to prevent cognitive decline in later years. Recent research shows abnormalities in brain tissue begin several decades before the onset of cognitive decline, but little is kn...

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This report presents the latest available data on the eye health workforce in Australia. It also provides a baseline for reporting against workforce capacity indicators. In 2011, the latest year for which data were available for most professions, there were over 800 ophthalmologists, around 4,000 op...

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Voting is different this federal election and the AEC is calling on the Australian community to help educate Australian voters about the new Senate voting system. The changes are the most significant to Australia's democratic system in some time and will affect all Australian voters, including you,...

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Published by researchers at Monash University, this paper describes the service distribution and models of rural outreach by specialist doctors living in metropolitan or rural locations. It was a national cross-sectional study of 902 specialist doctors providing 1401 rural outreach services in the...

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Launched this month, the The Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry – Australia and New Zealand (PCOR-ANZ) is an international initiative tracking the outcomes of men with prostate cancer across Australia and New Zealand. Managed by Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive M...

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Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute have reported a simple ‘chewing gum’ test that could be the key to identifying and treating Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), a disease that causes blindness, strokes and death. GCA is most commonly observed among peop...

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The Australian Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which maintains terminology for ingredients used in medicines in Australia, began this year a four-year transition to standardised names to align them with names used internationally. (This has been done by a number of other...

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