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Health professionals can apply for continuing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) treatment for some eye drugs by phone. You can apply by phone for eye drugs that treat the following conditions: subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic macular oe...

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In the May issue DHS talks to a health professional who works with Incentive Programs on a daily basis. Abbie Hunt is the National Practice Incentive Manager for a large network of medical practices and she gives some valuable insights into how they work with Incentive Programs. They also give yo...

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Authority applications must be submitted to different places for assessment. Items available for Authority application under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) aren’t the same as items available under the Rep...

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General Practitioners can undertake a one-off, comprehensive, Australian Defence Force (ADF) Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment for all former serving members of either the permanent or reserve forces, whether or not they are a DVA client. The assessment is funded under items 701, 703, 70...

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In less than a month Single Touch Payroll (STP) starts for many employers with 20 or more employees. STP is a reporting change that will require employers to report tax and super information to the ATO from their payroll software each time they pay their employees. The ATO is urging employers to de...

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The Health Care Homes trial was meant to have 65,000 patients signed up, but it's understood so far fewer than 2000 have joined. The target of 200 GP clinics on board is closer, with 173, but there has been significant turnover with about 70 clinics dropping out.   Health Minister Greg Hunt t...

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Australians won't miss out on flu shots after a big boost to vaccine stockpiles.   Australia has avoided a shortage of flu vaccines after the federal government announced 800,000 extra doses would be available for the looming flu season.   The boost to national flu vacci...

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The Heart Foundation is leading a multidisciplinary policy response to better monitor and manage the heart health of women who have experienced vascular conditions in pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.    As part of its women and heart disease campaign, Making the I...

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Eligibility for non-liability mental health treatment will be expanded to Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists who have disaster relief or border protection service or have been involved in a serious military service-related training accident.   The Australian Government announced the in...

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A person’s life can be saved in an emergency with an online health record, the CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance said. Mark Diamond urges all country people to have a My Health Record – an online summary of their health information. “Country people are more likely to be b...

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