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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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Over the holiday period, Section 90 pharmacy applications and PBS stationery orders won’t be processed. Remember to submit them early to get in before the holidays! More information
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Recent statistics have highlighted gender differences in optometry patients, including that women suffer a higher rate of vision disorders compared with men. According to a report from Optometry Australia (OA), the latest statistics from Medicare reveal that of the 8.5 million optometric services...

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The payment factsheet on the Health Care Home website has been updated to make it clearer that there is no hard cap on the capability for GPs to bill MBS for services not related to an enrolled patient’s chronic conditions.  Based on clinical advice, it is expected that for the vast major...

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