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A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (the University of Leuven), in Belgium, has developed a new dental implant that reduces the risk of infections. The findings are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology. Our mouth contains many micro-organisms, inc...

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The potential for the Zika virus (ZIKV) to be passed on to sexual partners has been known for some time but little is known about the mechanism by which this occurs. A review of 18 clinical studies just accepted for publication in Clinical Microbiology and Infection confirms that ZIKV...

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It may be easier and cheaper for parents to manage a key asthma trigger in children -- exposure to cockroaches -- than previously thought, according to a new Tulane University study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers found that simply using cockroach bait ...

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Elective surgery waiting times have jumped to a record high as growing numbers of patients stretch public hospital resources and finances. More than half of patients had to wait at least 37 days to be admitted for elective surgery last financial year – the longest delay recorded in figures go...

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The Australian Digital Health Agency invites rural and remote clinicians to attend a webinar on the 1 February 2017 to gather feedback on how data and technology can be used to improve health, care and the quality of life for Australians in rural and remote communities. We have heard people want t...

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The Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP today announced more than $8.5 million in additional funding for the Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Program for aged care in regional, rural and remote communities. The MPS Program is a jointly funded Commonwealth and state and ter...

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You can use a Customer Reference Number (CRN) to check concession entitlements for prescriptions. From 1 January 2017, the assets test free area and taper rate for pensions will increase. Some seniors will have their Pensioner Concession Card replaced with a non-income tested: Low Income H...

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In the Medicare Benefits Schedule Under section G.7.1. Billing Procedures, there is a section on Bulk Billing that clarifies whether a practitioner can bulk bill a service and then add an additional charge for consumables.  In response to questions from members, AAPM has received additiona...

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While Australians understand the importance of reducing unnecessary medical testing, many people still want their doctors to conduct all the available tests related to their condition regardless of need, according to a new report from Choosing Wisely Australia®. Choosing Wisely is part of a g...

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The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has published decisions amending the time off in lieu of overtime (TOIL) provisions in a number of Modern Awards. These changes have taken effect at the start of the first full pay period on or after 14 December 2016. The FWC is yet to update the Modern Awards on th...

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