In the media

Australia closes borders to infected China as Qantas suspends flights Australia has closed its borders to China and Qantas will cancel flights as more countries take extreme measures to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (01 February 2020). More...

Religious discrimination bill could put business in 'perilous' and 'very expensive' position: ACCI The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's concerns come as doctors push back on the draft bill's conscientious objection provisions, with the Australian Medical Association warning they could cause "serious confusion in the real world" (31 January 2020). More...

Queensland 'frustrated' over federal government coronavirus response Ms Palaszczuk accused the government of failing to provide accurate and timely information about international flight records as well as details about where people who had travelled from areas of high infection were staying in Queensland (31 January 2020). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

How many cancers are overdiagnosed each year? Felicity Nelson, MJA 2020, 27 January Tens of thousands of Australians are receiving cancer diagnoses for abnormalities that would never have resulted in disease in their lifetime, researchers say. The scale of the over diagnosis problem is estimated to be huge, with a paper in the MJA putting the figure at 29,000 overdiagnosed cancers each year. More...

Practice and Regulation

Revised Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process The proposed revised Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process (reframed as Standards) build on the existing Guidelines implemented in November 2015. The consultation paper, including the revised guidelines, is published on the current consultations page. The consultation is open until 14 February 2020. More...

Queensland Health: Common childhood illnesses: what you need to know, what vaccinations your child needs Vaccinations provide the best possible defence against serious illness and disease. In Queensland, there are a number of recommended vaccinations children can receive for free through the Immunisation Schedule Queensland. An immunisation history statement shows whether a child’s immunisation status is up-to-date and can either be an official record issued by the Australian Immunisation Register or a letter from your GP or recognised immunisation provider (29 January 2020). More...