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NEARLY three people a day are being killed by prescription drugs because governments have failed to set up a compulsory national real-time prescription monitoring system to prevent overdoses.   Read More
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Until 2013, Australian state and territory laws allowed forcing people into psychiatric treatment if it was thought necessary to protect them from serious harm – even if they competently refused it. Read More
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The Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision that affects the rules about cashing out annual leave in some awards. These changes apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016.   Read More
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Due to significant advances in diagnosis and treatment, many Australians with cancer can expect to survive and lead a normal life. For those of reproductive age this includes the chance to have their own family in the future. But fertility can be affected by both the cancer itself and the treatment ...

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While rates of methamphetamine use in Australia have remained fairly stable at 2.1% over the past ten years, there has been a shift among people who use the lower-grade powdered form of methamphetamine (speed) to using the higher-grade crystal form (ice) in recent times.     Read More
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The Government has posted further information about Health Care Homes Reform of the Primary Health Care System.  10 PHNs have been selected to be involved in the trial. Expressions of interest from GP and Aboriginal Medical Services will be called for in late 2016.   More Information
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The Government has subsidised another $70 million round of new revolutionary medicines that will make treatments for Type 2 diabetes cheaper and more accessible and also help save the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer.   Read More (Source: AJP)
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Glaucoma may be detected four years earlier than previously possible with the release of a new testing technique by scientists at University of New South Wales. The patented method involves patients looking at small dots of light of specially chosen size and light intensity. An inability to see the...

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A recently published randomised controlled trial suggests that watching cartoons through video glasses during dental treatment could help lessen the anxiety and distress of young patients as well as reduce their disruptive behaviour.  Apprehension about visiting the dentist and then during the...

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You want the best outcomes for your patients, and with Avant's support you could make all the difference. Australia's leading medical indemnity organisation is excited to announce the new Avant Quality Improvement Grants Program. Launching on 1 August 2016, these grants could give you the opportuni...

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