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In February 2017, the Government passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, which establishes a mandatory data breach notification scheme in Australia. The bill applies to organisations that have responsibilities under the Privacy Act. This includes (among others): Au...

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A national network of agencies will be redesigned to deliver better health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote Australia. Read More
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Medibank has recently announced a partnership with leading digital health platform Healthshare to empower its 3.8 million customers to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. Customers and GPs will be better informed about specialists who have participated in Medibank’s GapCove...

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Check your patients have their bank account details registered with Medicare as we no longer pay Medicare benefits by cheque. EFT payments are easier and faster for your patients. Their benefit will normally be paid into their bank account within 2 business days. Read more [Source: DHS]
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We have received an update from Employsure to say that, while change is on its way to reduce penalty rates, employers are not required to take any action yet. Few AAPM members should be affected by these changes.  The decision only impacts employers that engage employees covered by the fo...

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Incentives News Update - February 2017 is now available Incentives News Update (INU) provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP). You'll find information about: shared health summaries transition arrangements for the Nationa...

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A number of compounds isolated from lichen show antibacterial properties with potential applications in oral health care, according to an article published in the January issue of Journal of Natural Products. The lichen in question, Stereocaulon paschale, generally lives in subarctic and arctic r...

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Find out more about mental health services for patients under the Better Access initiative. DHS has developed an education guide so you can find out more about the Better Access initiative. The new guide has: information on which MBS item numbers are eligible, how often they can be claimed...

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IBM researchers in Melbourne have created what they hope may become a powerful tool in the worldwide fight to eliminate preventable blindness. The researchers, who began their study in 2015, have trained the tech giant's powerful computer system, Watson, to recognise abnormalities in retina image...

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An announcement from the Minister for Health last week said that the Government will facilitate faster access by qualified doctors to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals. "We will authorise controlled importation by approved providers from approved international sources f...

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