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The Chief Health Officer has issued an update on the increase in Meningococcal W disease in Victoria. A total of 48 cases of serogroup W disease were notified in 2016, compared with 10 cases in 2015 and four in 2014.  Key messages: Since 2014, there has been an increase in the number of...

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With a caution that the information should not be used to form a diagnosis and an added note that any health concerns should be discussed with a GP, the following article announces a new health search tool built into Google: Australians can now trust that Dr Google is providing them with r...

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: Webinar for nurses working in general practice When: 1st March 2017 What Time: 1pm - 2pm AEDT Duration: 60 minutes Where: Online - join via your computer, tablet or smart phone Presenters: Dr Hooi Ee and Tracy Murphy Cost: Complimentary Designed fo...

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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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