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New Medicare data shows a record amount of Australian patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to 85.8% in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year. This is the highest GP bulk-billing rate on record for the July to December period. &nb...

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The guidelines have been revised to be consistent with the new urgent after-hours MBS items introduced on 1 March 2018. Read More
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The limits for some consultation items done by specialists and consultant physicians changed in November 2017.  Read More
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A new immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) kit, and associated pathology services was introduced into the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (the Program) in the first week of January 2018.   The Program is a population based screening program that aims to help detect bowel...

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Australia’s states and territories have joined forces in a unique and transformative partnership that harnesses technology to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children. The National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative is exploring how every child in Australia can have ...

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This week, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a guide titled Data breach preparation and response — A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The guide consolidates information provided in the Data breach not...

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The RACGP resource "Information security in general practice" has been released after an open consultation with members, the broader general practice community and industry. RACGP thanks everyone for their feedback and assistance in putting this resource together. This resource replaces the Comput...

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On 10 July 2017, the Australian Government commissioned a Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers (the Review), to consider the balance between appropriate access to Medicare card numbers for health professionals and the security of patients’ Medicare card numbers. Th...

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The AMDS Program is a mechanism for doctors to obtain clinical experience in the after-hours period.  Read More
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The Department of Health has confirmed that the Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement Incentive will now occur from 1 May 2019. The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) has been a key driver in quality care in the general practice sector and the PIP QI Incentive will continue to build on this ...

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