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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)  has released two new fact sheets to help people understand how Australia’s privacy laws govern how doctors and other health service providers can collect, use and share health information. • Privacy fact sheet 49 out...

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1stAvailable has re-launched as MyHealth1st, with a focus on making life easier for practices and patients. Initially starting as an online appointment booking engine, the focus of 1stAvailable.com.au was on allowing patients to find and book the ‘first available’ appointment with the...

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You can access Bulk Bill Webclaims through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). Submitting Bulk Bill Webclaims via HPOS is faster and easier than using paper forms. Bulk Bill Webclaims are generally paid within 48 hours of submission in HPOS, and all types of MBS eligible services can be cl...

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YOUNGER children are twice as likely to be prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older classmates, suggesting that immature children are being mistakenly diagnosed with the disorder. Research published in the MJA found that children aged 6&nd...

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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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