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Hundred-fold increase in parasites in state’s central west prompts fears of outbreak of Ross river and Barmah forest viruses. An unprecedented plague of disease-laden mosquitoes in the New South Wales central west has health authorities sounding the alarm. There has been an almost 100-fold i...

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NEW funding enabling GPs to screen for diabetic retinopathy is a “victory for common sense” that will help eliminate needless blindness among people with diabetes, experts say. As of 1 November 2016, GPs can use a non-mydriatic retinal camera to test for retinopathy in diabetic patients...

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The Department of Health has updated advice in relation to the Zika virus.  The main change from the previously issued version of the advice is the period of abstinence/pregnancy deferral/safe sex for asymptomatic men, which increases from 8 weeks to 6 months. The revised version of the advice...

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Feedback from the dental industry is sought on proposed Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory reforms that will increase the use of medical device assessments from comparable overseas regulators and enable the establishment of commercial bodies in Australia to assess the same.   ...

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The rates of imprisonment, substance misuse and psychological distress among indigenous Australians have worsened, a new report shows. The Productivity Commission’s Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report released today also shows mortality rates for children and education and employment ou...

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That twice-yearly trip to the dentist could do more than keep teeth and gums healthy; it may decrease the risk of pneumonia by reducing bacteria in the mouth, according to research presented at last month’s IDWeek 2016™ in New Orleans.   Read More (Source Bite Magazine)
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The Australian Medical Association has seized on official Medicare figures that show a slight quarterly drop in bulk billing since the Coalition was re-elected, calling it “more than just a blip”. Bulk billing for GP services fell to 85.4% in the September quarter, down from 85.9% in th...

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The Department of Social Services invites you to share your thoughts and feedback on a draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed future service by making a submission or by participating in the carer survey.  Please visit the DSS website  to have your say. The carer survey and submissi...

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Obesity is the biggest public health challenge facing Australia and its prevention must start at the beginning, with pregnant mothers, the Australian Medical Association says. The AMA has released its revised and updated position statement on obesity, calling on the federal government to show leade...

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There are important things to keep in mind for GPs billing for Chronic Disease Management (CDM). Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items let you plan and coordinate health care for patients diagnosed with chronic or terminal medical conditions. It’s important you bill the correct item for CDM...

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