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The wave of gastroenteritis outbreaks that affected hundreds of thousands of Australians over winter were caused by not one, but three new highly contagious norovirus strains, Sydney researchers found.  A spike in serious gastroenteritis cases across NSW prom...

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INU provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP). You’ll find information about: Eligibility requirements for the PIP eHealth Incentive Changes to Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS) and Provider Digital Access (PR...

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When Layla* finally decided to leave her husband, she ran. She grabbed passports, birth certificates, the $200 that was all the cash she had, and bundled her three daughters out the window, the littlest clutching her iPad and vomiting from fear.   Read More
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From 1 September 2016, information needed to claim infusible chemotherapy items from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) has changed. Approved suppliers such as pharmacists, medical practitioners and hospital authorities will be asked to provide new information when claiming infusible chemothe...

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The Department of Health has disbanded the unit looking at outsourcing Medicare payments, effectively confirming the system won't be privatised. The department also directed PricewaterhouseCoopers - the private firm advising the unit - that the payment system must remain delivered by government. R...

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Northwestern Medicine Scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the US have discovered a new cause of Parkinson’s disease – mutations in a gene called TMEM230. This appears to be only the third gene definitively linked to confirmed cases of Parkinson&rsqu...

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Dr Google is poaching patients from flesh and blood GPs, with three out of five Australians turning to the internet to avoid seeing a health professional, a new survey suggests. The results come on the heels of the search engine giant's foray into symptom searches, but health experts warn agai...

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The Department of Health is aware that approximately 3,000 Australians are planning to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the upcoming Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj).  At this time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is experiencing a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, primarily ass...

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Australia is in the midst of an eHealth revolution and medical practitioners who don't adopt new technology in their healthcare delivery risk being left behind, according to a University of Sydney expert. "eHealth isn't going to replace clinicians, but it will replace clinicians who don't use it,...

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The Australian Dental Association (ADA), in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia, recently launched an online series designed to help the dental profession better care for people living with dementia. Composed of six video modules now available via the ADA’s CPD Portal, the serie...

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