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On 30 July 2017 the Department of Human Services will be making some screen changes to the Online PBS Authorities System in HPOS.  The changes are minor and will have little effect on how you get authority approval for PBS items. The biggest change is you need to do some things earlier in the p...

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A new questions and answers update for Health Care Homes is now available. This has been developed to address feedback from recent Primary Health Network Health Care Home QandA sessions for general practices and Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services. This updat...

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Medical Board of Australia data confirmed women now outflanked men in general practice, with 973 more registered female GPs than males as of March 2017 (19,965 women versus 18,992 men).   The only state or territory where men still outnumbered women was Queensland (4042 versus 3923)...

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Part of AAPM's Professional Development Program is the allocation of CPD points, which assists members in reaching and maintaining their professionally recognised status as AAPM Certified Practice Managers and Fellows. AAPM has extended this service to educational programs external to AAPM to allow ...

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A routine cataract surgery has made international headlines, following the discovery of 27 mislaid contact lenses behind the oblivious patient’s eye.   Despite wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years, the patient did not attend regular optometrist appointments an...

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Fax-free healthcare is one step closer today, as the Australian Digital Health Agency and clinical information systems vendors work together to progress secure electronic messaging between healthcare providers. This technology will enable health data to flow securely from one healthcare provide...

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Almost 20,000 Australian private health insurance holders of Bupa are being contacted after their personal data was leaked by a rogue employee.   Bupa Global says a staff member of its international health insurance division has “inappropriately copied and removed some customer informat...

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In Australia, community water fluoridation programs are considered a safe and effective way of reducing tooth decay across the population. Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems in Australia.  Along with a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, appropriate use of fluoridated toothpast...

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In the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced $14.1 million over 4 years to provide ongoing access to catch-up vaccines from 1 July 2017 for all individuals aged 10 to 19 years, and newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants, through the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The Department h...

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My Health Record has been in operation for over five years, with nearly five million Australians having a record, and in this time there have been no security breaches to the system, despite recent claims of Medicare number hacks on the dark web. A Department of Health spokeswoman has assured t...

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