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There has been a change to the 1 March 2018 commencement date for new colonoscopy items. The existing MBS items (32090 and 32090) should be used until further notice. This will ensure patients continue to have access to Medicare funded colonoscopy services.   The changes to colonoscopy servic...

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Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care. Minister Wyatt said the patient-centred digital system helped health professionals deliver the best care.   “My...

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On 16 August 2017 changes were made to the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. This means additional practitioners will now be able to notify medical exemptions to immunisation to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Practitioners able to notify a medi...

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Women under 25 do not need routine cervical screening under the National Cervical Screening Program. Routine cervical screening is not recommended in the renewed program for women under 25 years. Some women under 25 will present with an expectation for routine screening, having had prev...

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Data collected in a long-term health study reports a 24 per cent increase in the risk of cancer among participants with severe gum disease. The US study—which is published in this month’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute—used data from comprehensive dental exams performe...

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The National Asthma Council Australia has released its strategy for the new year, to address the impact of asthma as one of Australia’s most widespread chronic health conditions. Health Minister Greg Hunt launched the strategy on Wednesday 31 January, while announcing a further $1 million i...

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A growing number of Victorians are getting so sunburnt they have been forced to seek emergency hospital treatment for their scorched skin - and it is suspected over reliance on sunscreen could be part of the problem. In the past decade more than 2500 people attended public h...

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Almost two-thirds of Australians want their healthcare records to be shared more effectively across healthcare providers but only 38 per cent would consider signing up to a secure online summary of their health information, a new study has found.   As the Australian Digital Health Agency move...

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The Department of Human Services has developed an information sheet for the Online PBS Authorities System As well as the information sheet above, a wide range of educational and information modules can be found on the DHS website at: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-profes...

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Australia has established a new cervical screening process based on recommendations by Australia’s independent Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).  The new Cervical Screening Test has replaced the existing Pap test. MSAC recommended that the new screening test will be conducted...

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