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Commonwealth. Federal Court
16 December 2016 - ACCC v Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd  FCAFC 181 - CONSUMER LAW - pecuniary penalty for infringement of Australian Consumer Law - appropriate approach to assessment and appellate review of civil penalty - relevance of mental state to pleadings and assessment of penalty - appropriate application of 'course of conduct' principle - re-exercise of penalty discretion.
CONSUMER LAW - pecuniary penalty for infringement of Australian Consumer Law - whether primary judge erred in assessing loss or damage suffered by consumers as a result of contravening conduct whether primary judge erred in assessment of causation - whether primary judge erred in assessing types of harm suffered - whether penalty manifestly inadequate.
In December 2015, the Federal Court made a finding that Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the maker of nurofen products, had misled consumers by claiming that certain nurofen products were specifically formulated to treat different types of pain, such as back pain and period pain. In fact, the products contained the same ingredient and were of the same formulation resulting in a finding that RB had breached section 33 of the Australian Consumer Law. At a separate hearing, the Court found the appropriate penalty to impose for the contravention was $1.7 million with Justice Edalman stating that the penalty would have been much higher if there had been evidence that RB's contravention had been intentional or reckless.
In December 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal ordered that the penalty of the primary judge be set aside and ordered RB to pay a higher penalty of $6 million. In finding that the primary judge had erred on the question of loss to consumers, the Court had regard to the fact that RB consciously continued to market and sell the products after they had been the subject of a negative finding by the TGA Complaints Panel and subject to an order from the Secretary of Department of Health to withdraw representations they were effective in treating particular conditions. It was held that a substantial proportion of the difference between the sales price of the products and of equivalent sales of standard nurofen had been lost to consumers.
14 December 2016 - Howes v Comcare  FCA 1521 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - appeal from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) under s 44 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) affirming the respondent's decision to refuse the applicant reimbursement for cost of breast reduction surgery under s 16 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) - whether the AAT misconstrued s 16 in holding that the 'medical treatment' was not obtained 'in relation to' the compensable injury - whether AAT decision or fact finding unreasonable in the legal sense - alleged misapplication of the Jones v Dunkel principle.
12 December 2016 - Queensland Nurses' Union of Employees v Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd  FCA 1486 - INDUSTRIAL LAW - pay and leave entitlements for public holidays - alleged contraventions of ss 44 and 116 of the Fair Work Act for failure to pay employees for public holidays whether employees entitled to be paid for public holidays if not rostered on to work - meaning of ordinary hours of work - alleged contraventions of ss 44, 50, 89(1) and 90 of the Fair Work Act for wrongly recording employees as having taken leave on public holidays.
New South Wales
22 December 2016 - Zora v St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Limited  NSWDC 365 - TORT medical negligence - plaintiff suffers heart attack following angiography - defences under ss 5D, 5I and 5O Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) - causation and assessment of damages - no issue of principle.
The plaintiff brought proceedings in the New South Wales District Court against St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Limited (hospital) alleging that in October 2015, it had been negligent in the performance of an invasive coronary angiogram. Two of the key allegations against the hospital were that it had failed to recognize that the artery had or could have been possibly been dissected during surgery, and that it failed to properly engage the correct position of the catheter into the right coronary artery. The plaintiff alleged this negligence had resulted in injuries to his heart and lungs, in particular, he had suffered an aneurysm
the day following the angiography procedure for which he had been required to undergo urgent bypass surgery.
The Court ultimately found in favour of the hospital. After reviewing expert evidence it was found that the hospital's conduct of the procedure was in a manner that was widely accepted by peer professional opinion as competent professional practice in line with section 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW). It also found that the plaintiff had received a reasonable standard of care. Even if this were not the case, the plaintiff had failed to establish causation between the harm he suffered and the hospital's negligence because his subsequent condition was an inherent risk of the angiography procedure.
11 January 2017 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Saedlounia  NSWCATOD 5 Unsatisfactory professional conduct - professional misconduct - inappropriate touching - failure to keep proper records - breach of patient confidentiality- inappropriate conversations.
23 December 2016 - CWV v Medical Board of Australia  NSWCATOD 161 - MEDICAL PROFESSION - Application for Reregistration - Refusal by Medical Board - Impairment - Appeal Confirmed.
23 December 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Turner  NSWCATOD 163 Misappropriation of drugs of addiction. Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct. Improper and unethical. Professional Misconduct. Impairment and Competency to Practice Nursing. Local Court Criminal Conviction. Where practitioner does not attend the hearing.
23 December 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Attia  NSWCATAD 309 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NSW) - health practitioner - whether practitioner guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct - whether practitioner guilty of professional misconduct - appropriate disciplinary orders where finding made that practitioner is guilty of professional misconduct.
22 December 2016 - QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited v Alawia  NSWSC 1875 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - Motor Accidents Compensation Act - judicial review of medical assessment and application for review - whether pre-existing mental condition - whether failure to assess pre-existing impairment - whether compliance with Permanent Impairment Guidelines - adequacy of reasons - whether legal unreasonableness - no reviewable error established.
22 December 2016 - Zora v St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Limited  NSWDC 365 - TORT medical negligence - plaintiff suffers heart attack following angiography - defences under ss 5D, 5I and 5O Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) - causation and assessment of damages - no issue of principle.
20 December 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Dr Mohammed Sadiq Asar NSWCATOD 157 - Medical Practitioner - inappropriate prescription of drugs of addiction without authority - inadequate clinical records - Held professional misconduct -registration cancelled - costs order.
16 December 2016 - Yu v Western Sydney Local Health District  NSWSC 1881 PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE - medical negligence - catastrophic occurrence whilst being treated as inpatient in defendant's hospital - settlement - best interests of plaintiff - consent judgment approved.
16 December 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Marsh NSWCATOD 155 - Health Practitioner - Nurse - where nurse convicted of the murder of supervisor - not suitable to hold registration as a nurse.
16 December 2016 - Quash v Health Care Complaints Commissioner (No 5)  NSWCA 366 PRACTICE - where applicant subject to order in terms of Teoh v Hunters Hill Council (No 4) (2011) 81 NSWLR 771 - where applicant filed notice of motion - whether applicant had shown cause in writing why the motion should not be dismissed as vexatious and an abuse of process - motion dismissed.
As a general rule, this bulletin tracks subsidiary legislation at Commonwealth, but not at state level
1 January 2017 - Australian Immunisation Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2015 - Schedule 3 commences.
New South Wales
Health Legislation Amendment Act 2016 - Section 3 commenced by proclamation: Regulation 695 of 2016
Australia. Department of Health
12 January 2017 - New appointments to the Aged Care Financing Authority - Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced three new appointments to the Aged Care Financing Authority.
23 December 2016 - Applications open today for local community drug action teams to tackle ice - A program to help local communities tackle the impact of ice through 220 community-based local action teams across Australia over the next four years has been announced, as part of the National Ice Action Strategy.
23 December 2016 - Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis - Dr Andrew Southcott will chair the new Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis.
19 December 2016 - 2016-2017 MYEFO Drives Health Reform - The 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook further advances the Turnbull Government's health reform agenda.
18 December 2016 - More help for people with asthma - The Turnbull Government will invest close to $130 million to give Australians with severe uncontrolled asthma subsidised access to breakthrough medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
16 December 2016 - More training opportunities for health and medical students in Mildura - Health and medical students in Mildura will have even more opportunities to expand their skills as part of the Australian Government's continued investment in rural health training through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.
16 December 2016 - Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation - During negotiations for the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement in 2015 the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia made a commitment to conduct an independent Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation. A final report will be provided to the Minister for Health by May 2017.
15 December 2016 - Continued dental funding for States from 1 January 2017 - The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced Federal funding arrangements for dental services from 1 January 2017.
15 December 2016 - New package to help improve aged care for care leavers launched - Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations and their families will benefit from an aged care resource package.
15 December 2016 - The passing of Anne Deveson - It is with great sadness that the Australian Government mourns the passing earlier this week of Anne Deveson - acclaimed Australian journalist, broadcaster, filmmaker, social commentator, activist, author and leading mental health advocate.
14 December 2016 - Launch of the National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families - The National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to get a better start in life.
14 December 2016 - Tackling Australia's new health workforce challenge - Twenty years ago, Australia faced one of its most significant health workforce challenges. With a limited supply of doctors at the time, the Howard Government implemented a successful suite of policies which has been supported by successive governments in addressing this challenge. This led to the doubling of medical graduates, the expansion of medical training places and medical workforce growth over the last two decades.
14 December 2016 - The Government delivering quality and stability in aged care - The Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley MP, and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the reappointment of Australia's inaugural Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Ms Rae Lamb, for a second term to January 2020.
13 December 2016 - $500 million fund will help build Australia's biomedical industry of the future The Australian Government has launched the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund, established under the government's National Innovation and Science Agenda.
12 December 2016 - Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research funding passes $110m - The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, and Cancer Australia announced a further $10.39 million in funding for cancer research through Cancer Australia's Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme.
Private Health Insurance Circulars
3 January 2017 - PHI 95/16 Declaration Private Hospital Information and Private Same-Day Hospital Information
16 December 2017 - PHI 94/16 Prostheses List - Key Dates For August 2017
16 December 2017 - PHI 93/16 - Changes to Second-Tier Eligible Hospitals
12 December 2017 - PHI 92/16 - Registration of a new private health insurer Nurses and Midwives Health Pty Ltd
Australia. Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the boards (AHPRA)
12 January 2017 - Communiqu - The National Nursing and Midwifery Board has published its October communiqu.
10 January 2017 - Psychologist reprimanded for failing to maintain professional boundaries - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has affirmed the decision of a Performance and Professional Standards Panel, that Mr Stephen Brown a registered psychologist behaved in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance and unprofessional conduct.
5 January 2017 - AHPRA note report into the performance of the Health Ombudsman's functions We note the release on 16 December 2017 of the Queensland Government's Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee report on their inquiry into the performance of the Health Ombudsman's functions pursuant to section 179 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013.
4 January 2017 - Tribunal sets aside condition on medical practitioner's registration - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has set aside the decision of the Medical Board of Australia to impose a condition on the registration of medical practitioner Dr Rodney Syme as a form of immediate action.
5 January 2017 - Communiqu - The Dental Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
5 January 2017 - Updated information for dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists - The Board has updated information for dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists, including frequently asked questions (FAQ).
30 December 2016 - Revised midwifery specific registration standard and guidelines take effect on 1 January 2017 - The revised Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives and Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives (SQG) take effect from 1 January 2017.
30 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
29 December 2016 - Specialist registration in oral surgery - The Board recently approved a new program of study - the University of Sydney's Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) program, which will take effect from 1 January 2017.
28 December 2016 - Tribunal cancels nurse's registration after theft of $40,000 from patient A tribunal has reprimanded a nurse, cancelled his registration and disqualified him from applying for registration for three years, after he admitted stealing approximately $40,000 from a patient over a period of about four years.
28 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Chiropractic Board of Australia releases its December communiqu.
28 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
22 December 2016 - School dental therapist's registration cancelled - A school dental therapist has had her registration cancelled after acting outside her scope of practice and providing inadequate or inappropriate treatment over a seven year period.
22 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Podiatry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
21 December 2016 - Tribunal disqualifies nurse for life for serious professional misconduct - The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal has reprimanded Ms Danielle Maree Jones in the strongest possible terms, cancelled her registration and disqualified her from applying for registration as a nurse on a permanent basis.
21 December 2016 - Tribunal disqualifies nurse for two years for professional misconduct - A tribunal has cancelled an enrolled nurse's registration and disqualified her from re-applying for two years, after it found she engaged in professional misconduct relating to drug use.
21 December 2016 - Public consultation on revised competency standards - The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) is calling for expressions of interest from occupational therapists, interested stakeholders and consumers to attend public focus groups on the review of competency standards for occupational therapy practice.
20 December 2016 - Newsletter from the Board - The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
20 December 2016 - Provisional pharmacist's registration cancelled for professional misconduct The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) has reprimanded Mr Kuang King Tan for professional misconduct, cancelled his registration as a provisional pharmacist and disqualified him from re-applying for registration for a period of four years from the date of the Tribunal's order.
20 December 2016 - Newsletter from the National Board - The Pharmacy Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
19 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
16 December 2016 - Medical practitioner suspended for three months - A plastic surgeon has had his registration suspended by a tribunal for three months after it found he had a sexual relationship with a patient.
15 December 2016 - Board and AHPRA publish health profession agreement - The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and the AHPRA have published the health profession agreement for 2016-20.
14 December 2016 - Pharmacist reprimanded, has conditions imposed for professional misconduct - A Western Australian pharmacist has been reprimanded, ordered to pay costs and has had conditions imposed on her registration after admitting to engaging in professional misconduct.
12 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has published its October communiqu.
12 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
12 December 2016 - Communiqu - The Physiotherapy Board of Australia releases its latest communiqu.
9 December 2016 - VOTE Trust grant recipients named - Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust grant recipients have been named, with two projects awarded funding for 2016-17.
9 December 2016 - Guidance issued on endorsements about scheduled medicines - The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council has recently endorsed Guidance for National Boards: Applications to the Ministerial Council for approval of endorsements in relation to scheduled medicines under section 14 of the National Law.
Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
11 January 2017 - Funding for Early Career Fellowships now open - The 2017 round of Early Career Fellowships for funding commencing in 2018 is now open. The purpose of NHMRC ECFs is to provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health. A major objective of the scheme is to foster career development at the postdoctoral level by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment.
14 December 2016 - Release of the Human Research Ethics Application - Today, the NHMRC released the new Human Research Ethics Application to replace the National Ethics Application Form. The HREA is a streamlined and contemporary ethics application that uses dynamic content and guidance so that only questions relevant to proposed research are asked. The application will assist researchers consider and address the principles of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and provide the information that Human Research Ethics Committees require to review the research proposal.
9 December 2016 - NHMRC Research Tracker
Australia. Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
9 January 2017 - Updated Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Outcomes for November 2016 - The outcome for pembrolizumab for non-small cell lung cancer from the November 2016 PBAC meeting is now available.
6 January 2017 - Post-market Review of Ezetimibe Draft Report Public Consultation - The public consultation on the draft Ezetimibe Post-market Review Report to the PBAC will open on Monday 30 January 2017 and close at 5pm Friday 10 February 2017.
1 January 2017 - Correction to the description of an item on the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule 1 January 2017 - The listing for clotrimazole 1% vaginal cream, 20 g is incorrectly described in the 1 January 2017 Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
1 January 2017 - PBS Website Update - 1 January 2017 - The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits was updated on 1 January 2017 and the Summary of Changes can be found on the New, Amended and Deleted Items page.
21 December 2016 - Agenda for the March 2017 PBAC Meeting - The agenda for the March 2017 PBAC meeting is now available. Your comments are welcome.
21 December 2016 - Manual of resource items and their associated unit costs - The PBAC has endorsed version 5.0 of the Manual of resource items and their associated unit costs.
19 December 2016 - A Message from the Panel - Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation - In their final communication for the year the Independent Review Panel conducting the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation have provided an update on the progress of the Review and confirm details of the process for the next phase of the Review moving into the new year.
16 December 2016 - PBS Expenditure and Prescriptions 2015-16 - The PBS Expenditure and Prescriptions Report 2015-16 is now available on the PBS website.
15 December 2016 - Price Disclosure 2017 April Cycle Outcomes Summary - The summary of price disclosure price reductions for the 2017 April Cycle (Second remove Originator cycle) has now been published on the Price Disclosure page.
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
12 January 2017 - Declaration of conformity templates (IVDs) - The Declaration of Conformity template for Class 4 in-house IVD medical devices (made under Clause 6B.6 of Schedule 3) is now available
11 January 2017 - Literature review on the safety of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens - The TGA's scientific review on the safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens has been updated.
5 January 2017 - MRA GMP clearance application processing timelines - Updates to MRA clearance application processing timelines.
5 January 2017 - Update on compliance verification GMP clearance applications - Common issues with compliance verification GMP clearance applications.
4 January 2017 - Implementation of updates to ISO 14644 Parts 1 & 2 (2015) - Summary of changes and TGA expectations with a 12 month implementation plan.
4 January 2017 - Chinese Sports Injuries Pill (Zhong Guo Die Da Wan) - Recall - potential for adverse events related to aristolochic acid.
3 January 2017 - Australian Public Assessment Reports for prescription medicines (AusPARs) Added Levomilnacipran (as hydrochloride) (Fetzima), Alirocumab (rch) (Praluent (Golyra/Eliriduc)) and Emtricitabine / Tenofovir alafenamide (as fumarate) (Descovy).
3 January 2017 - ACSMD meeting statement, Meeting 13, 4 March 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medical Devices.
3 January 2017 - ACSMD meeting statement, Meeting 12, 25 November 2015 - ACSMD meeting statement, Meeting 12, 25 November 2015.
23 December 2016 - Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to the ACMS#18, July 2016 - Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to the ACMS#18, July 2016 (interim decision) are now available.
22 December 2016 - ACSOM meeting statement, Meeting 36, 18 November 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
22 December 2016 - ACSOM meeting statement, Meeting 35, 2 September 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
22 December 2016 - ACSOM meeting statement, Meeting 34, 1 July 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
22 December 2016 - ACSOM meeting statement, Meeting 33, 6 May 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
22 December 2016 - Sleep-Safe tubing systems used in peritoneal dialysis - Recall risk of infection due to leakage.
22 December 2016 - Consultation: Proposed Amendments to the Poisons Standard ACCS, ACMS and Joint ACCS/ACMS meetings, March 2017 - The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard. Closing date: 10 February 2017.
21 December 2016 - ACSOV meeting statement, Meeting 13, 9 December 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines.
21 December 2016 - TGA presentation: ARCS Webinar, 13 December 2016 - This presentation provides an overview of several reform initiatives relevant to prescription medicines.
21 December 2016 - Combined hormonal contraceptives - Safety advisory - updated information about risk of blood clots.
21 December 2016 - Medicines Safety Update Volume 7 Number 5, October-December 2016 - In this issue: Combined hormonal contraceptives; antidepressants; adrenaline autoinjectors and advisory committees come to an end.
20 December 2016 - Prescription medicines: new or extended uses, or new combinations of registered medicines - Extended uses for Evicel, Imbruvica/Janssen Ibrutinib and new Fixed-Dose Combination registration for Duavive.
20 December 2016 - Breast implants - Expert advisory panel advice on association with anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
20 December 2016 - TGA update on rare cancer associated with breast implants - Media release: TGA update on rare cancer associated with breast implants.
20 December 2016 - Update on the proposal for the rescheduling of codeine products - Codeine containing medicines to move to prescription only.
20 December 2016 - Scheduling delegate's final decision: codeine, December 2016 - Reasons for amendments to the Poisons Standard.
20 December 2016 - Codeine re-scheduling Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) - The codeine rescheduling RIS and associated economic modelling report are now available.
20 December 2016 - Final decision on re-scheduling of codeine: frequently asked questions - Q&A about changes to the scheduling of codeine.
20 December 2016 - ACSOM meeting statement, Meeting 32, 10 March 2016 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
20 December 2016 - Update of codeine safety and efficacy review - Update in relation to the safety and efficacy of low-dose codeine containing products.
20 December 2016 - Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to the ACMS#17 March 2016 (codeine) - Public submission made in response to proposed regulatory options.
19 December 2016 - Medtronic CRT-Ds - various models - Hazard alert - potential for partial loss of therapy.
19 December 2016 - TGA presentation: Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Pharmaceutical Chemistry Group NSW seminar, 22 November 2016 - This presentation describes the recent changes to medicines labelling in Australia.
19 December 2016 - Direct-acting antiviral medicines - Safety advisory risk of hepatitis B virus reactivation.
19 December 2016 - Review of listed sunscreen products - The TGA will be conducting compliance reviews for a selection of listed sunscreens in early 2017.
16 December 2016 - Updates to the Prescribing Medicines in Pregnancy database - Six new registered medicines added and 2 previously registered medicines added.
16 December 2016 - Australian Public Assessment Reports for prescription medicines (AusPARs) Added Buprenorphine (Transtec)
14 December 2016 - Compositional guidelines - A compositional guideline for Poliglusam derived from Aspergillus niger permitted for use in listed medicines has been published.
14 December 2016 - TGA presentation: Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Pharmaceutical Chemistry Group NSW seminar, 22 November 2016 - This presentation describes the recent changes to medicines labelling in Australia.
14 December 2016 - TGA operations over the holiday period 2016-17 - Information about the TGA operations over the 2016-17 Christmas/New Year period.
14 December 2016 - Class 1-3 in-house IVDs: using the online application form - Class 1-3 In-house IVD notification is now available through TGA Business Services.
13 December 2016 - TGA international engagement strategy 2016-2020 - The TGA international engagement strategy 2016-2020 provides the overarching direction for the TGA's international engagement.
9 December 2016 - balanSys UNI convex PE inlays x/5 - used in knee replacements - Hazard alert higher than expected rate of PE inlay breakage.
9 December 2016 - Microport Orthopedics metal-on-metal hip implant components - Hazard alert revision rate increasing.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
13 January 2017 - Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 201516: Australian hospital statistics
16 December 2016 - Mental health services in Australia - tranche 5 2016.
14 December 2016 - Cancer Incidence and Mortality Across Regions (CIMAR) books - cancer data release.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
On the Radar - 9 January 2017 - Issue 305 (PDF 261KB) (Word 230KB)
On the Radar - 19 December 2016 - Issue 304 (PDF 355KB) (Word 252KB)
30 November 2019 - Advisory A16/03 (Amended): Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations (PDF 44KB)
Australia. National Mental Health Commission
15 December 2016 - Congratulations to Human Rights Awardees - The National Mental Health Commission congratulates all Human Rights Medal 2016 winners and finalists. Pat Anderson AO was overall winner and was recognised for her work to advance the rights and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Among the Human Rights Medal finalists was Ingrid Ozols, founder and managing director of Mental Health at Work. Ingrid was a top five contender out of 50 nominees
10 December 2016 - Australian Mental Health Prize - The National Mental Health Commission applauds the first Australian Mental Health Prize winner, Kim Ryan, CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Kim Ryan is a passionate advocate for mental health and for the profession of mental health nursing. Her many achievements include guiding the establishment of the collaborative Mental Health Professionals Association.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Health Directorate
15 December 2016 - Mycobacterium chimaera - ACT Health is alerting the community to an issue involving a specific brand of heater-cooler unit commonly used worldwide in open-heart surgery. The heater-cooler units are thought to have been contaminated with the bacteria during the manufacturing process in Europe. These devices have been used at the Canberra Hospital and at the National Capital Private Hospital. The estimated risk to patients of infection with this bacterium is very low.
22 December 2016 - Canberra Hospital ED expansion complete - The $24 million expansion of the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is now complete, increasing its overall capacity by nearly a third and ensuring Canberra Hospital can deliver more timely emergency care to the community now and into the future.
20 December 2016 - ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel - Expressions of Interest Expressions of interest are being sought from suitably qualified experts for the ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel.
15 December 2016 - University of Canberra Public Hospital reaches key construction milestone The University of Canberra Public Hospital reached a key milestone today with the completion of the concrete structure for the new $212 million rehabilitation hospital.
12 December 2016 - A day to celebrate our Nurse Practitioners - Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris today thanked ACT Nurse Practitioners for the care they provide Canberra's community in celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Day. 'I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all our local Nurse Practitioners who play an important role in our health system practicing in a wide range of roles, including our Nurse-led Walk-in Centres,' Minister Fitzharris said. 'Today is also an opportunity to reflect on the fact it has been 16 years since Nurse Practitioners were first endorsed in Australia. They make an important contribution, often providing complex care to high risk patients.
9 December 2016 - ACT alcohol and drug services making a difference - ACT Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris today released the results of a survey showing Canberrans in need are accessing alcohol and other drug services and that they are making a difference. The Service Users' Satisfaction and Outcomes Survey, undertaken by the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) in partnership with alcohol and drug services, provides a valuable insight into the services that people are accessing and how the ACT Government can continue to improve these for some of the most vulnerable in our community.
New South Wales (NSW). Ministry of Health
13 January 2017 - New ambulance helicopter fleet lifts off - The first of a new fleet of helicopters has begun service for NSW Ambulance as part of the NSW Government's $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network.
5 January 2017 - Measles warning following contraction by international traveller - NSW Health is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a passenger travelled on an international flight to Sydney while infectious. The young woman travelled on Virgin Australia Airlines flight VA 70 from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, arriving at 7:40 am on 1 January. The woman also visited the Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department in the late morning of 4 January while infectious and the hospital is contacting people who may have been exposed during this visit.
1 January 2017 - Baby boom for South Western Sydney - The NSW Mothers and Babies 2015 report released today shows mothers smoking less, fewer teenagers having babies and an increasing number of women having babies in Sydney's south-west.
28 December 2016 - Fourth case of measles detected in Sydney this month - NSW Health is again urging people to watch for symptoms of measles after another young adult contracted the highly contagious disease in Sydney following three cases reported earlier this month.
23 December 2016 - Health warning to avoid mosquitoes during holiday season - NSW Health is renewing its call for people to protect themselves against mosquito bites when spending time outdoors during the Christmas holidays. Dr Ben Scalley, Director of Environmental Health, said the DecemberJanuary period is usually the peak time for mosquito numbers, but this year there has been a marked increase in mosquito numbers. 'We've recorded higher numbers of mosquitoes with Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses earlier in the summer season due to stagnant waters from earlier heavy rains and subsequent heatwaves,' Dr Scalley said.
22 December 2016 - Australia's first trial of medicinal cannabis for palliative care patients now recruiting in NSW - Researchers are now recruiting palliative care cancer patients in Sydney and Newcastle for Australia's first clinical trial of vaporised cannabis flower bud. Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward said the groundbreaking trial will enrol approximately 30 adult advanced cancer patients at Sacred Heart Health Service, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, and Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital and could expand to up to 250 patients across NSW.
19 December 2016 - Bringing Christmas sustenance to those in need - NSW Ministry of Health staff have donated more than 120kg of grocery items to vulnerable men, women and children as part of their annual Christmas food drive. Staff at the Ministry's head office in North Sydney took to the challenge by purchasing hundreds of canned food items, toiletries and baby products for OzHarvest, Australia's first perishable food rescue organisation.
16 December 2016 - HSC students encouraged to apply for up to 300 nursing scholarships Thinking of a career in nursing? Now the HSC is over, school leavers are encouraged to consider a rewarding career in nursing, with government scholarships set to become available in the new year. The NSW Government will offer up to 300 scholarships for the 2017 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program. Successful entry is not based on the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking.
16 December 2016 - NSW Health Blue Book review extended - NSW Health has announced an extension for feedback on a survey launched as part of a major review into NSW Health's Personal Health Record, known as the `Blue Book'. Parents, carers and health professionals are invited to have their say to ensure the Blue Book is optimised and remains relevant into the future. The Blue Book is a key resource for every parent and/or carer of newborn babies in the state and has been produced by NSW Health since 1988.
16 December 2016 - NSW Health Alert: Christmas measles outbreak warning - NSW Health is urging people to watch for symptoms of measles after another two adults contracted the highly contagious disease in Sydney following a case reported earlier this month. The three cases reported in Sydney since early December have spent considerable time in the Sydney metropolitan area while infectious.
15 December 2016 - NSW Health seeks feedback on cooling tower regulations - NSW Health has released a discussion paper seeking comment on proposed changes to the regulation of water cooling systems to reduce the risk of Legionnaires' disease in NSW. The proposed changes are based on recommendations by an Expert Panel set up after the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks in Sydney earlier this year to advise the NSW Chief Health Officer on whether new measures could strengthen prevention and control activities.
14 December 2016 - NSW Health update: Response to rare infection risk from open heart surgery equipment - NSW Health has provided updated information to patients who may have been exposed to a rare infection from open heart surgery equipment, in response to the latest international advice.
14 December 2016 - Pinnacle of new clinical school building reached - Health Minister Jillian Skinner today marked a major construction milestone on top of the new $21 million Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School at Campbelltown Hospital. Mrs Skinner was joined by Member for Camden Chris Patterson and Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell for the `topping out' ceremony, a construction tradition which marks completion of the highest point in a concrete structure.
13 December 2016 - Innovation in paediatric research - Health Minister Jillian Skinner today formally launched an innovative joint venture between Children's Medical Research Institute, the Children's Cancer Institute and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. Mrs Skinner said Paediatrio will provide NSW with a
platform to build new collaborations and strengthen existing local, state, national and international partnerships in paediatric research.
13 December 2016 - Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder - Health Minister Jillian Skinner today paid tribute to Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder on his departure as Chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board. Mrs Skinner appointed Professor Leeder as the inaugural Chair of the newly-created Board in 2011.
13 December 2016 - Top day for Northern Beaches Hospital - The new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest reached a major milestone today with a rooftop ceremony marking a new generation of healthcare for the region.
12 December 2016 - Health infrastructure boom for Wagga Wagga - Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Daryl Maguire MP today inspected two major infrastructure projects which are transforming healthcare in Wagga Wagga.
1 January 2017 - 2015 Mothers and Babies Report
Policy Directives & Guidelines
23 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Policy Directive PD2005_161 - Maternity Emergencies IB2016_064
23 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Policy Directive PD2005_256 Newborn Infants with Respiratory Maladaptation IB2016_063
22 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Policy Directive GL2007_001 Neonatal Exchange Transfusions in NSW IB2016_062
22 December 2016 - Pharmaceutical Charges for Hospital Outpatients and Safety Net Thresholds IB2016_061
21 December 2016 - Fee for Cremation Certificates issued by Salaried Medical Practitioners of Public Hospitals IB2016_060
20 December 2016 - Legal instrument for tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine supply as PrEP in EPIC-NSW IB2016_059
19 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Guideline GL2009_015 - Influenza Guidelines for Maternity Services IB2016_058
19 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Policy Directive PD2010_062 - Antenatal Maternal Referral / Transfer: Known Congenital Structural Malformations - Early Surgery IB2016_057
19 December 2016 - Notification of Obsolete Guideline GL2009_015 - Influenza Guidelines for Maternity Services IB2016_058
New South Wales. Health Care Complaints Commission
16 December 2016 - Ms Nadia Abraham - Breach of Code of Conduct for Non-registered Health Practitioners - Prohibition Order Imposed - The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the professional conduct of Ms Nadia Abraham, a non-registered health practitioner counsellor providing counselling services in Coffs Harbour.
13 December 2016 - Dr Chin Kuen Tan - Registration cancelled for professional misconduct and impairment - The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Chin Kuen Tan, a medical practitioner who practised from his cosmetic medicine clinic in Penrith, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Commission alleged that Dr Tan was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.
9 December 2016 - Dr Jeremy Reader - Professional misconduct and impairment - The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint in relation to Dr Reader, a general practitioner working in skin cancer care, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct concerning Dr Reader's treatment of nine patients who had adverse outcomes after treatment for skin cancers. The complaint also alleged that Dr Reader suffers from an impairment and is not competent to practise as a medical practitioner.
8 December 2016 - Dr Vitantonio Bracco - Professional misconduct - The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Vitantonio Bracco before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of NSW. The complaint alleged that Dr Bracco had failed to maintain professional boundaries by engaging in a sexual relationship with a female patient of the practice, who was also an employee of the practice. Dr Bracco had treated the female patient, her husband and their son in his role as a general practitioner.
8 December 2016 - Mr William Stone - Professional misconduct - Registration cancelled
Northern Territory. Department of Health
15 December 2016 - Tis' the season to not get bitten - Top End residents and visitors are urged to cover-up and protect themselves from mosquitoes.
13 December 2016 - Be Bat Aware - Northern Territory residents and visitors are being reminded to avoid contact with all types of bats as they are all potential carriers of the serious and potentially deadly Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
Queensland. Department of Health
4 January 2017 - Going swimming? Here's how to get the most out of your sunscreen - If you're heading out for a swim this week, here are the five things you want to be doing in order to really get the most out of your sun protection.
6. January 2017 - Five lifestyle changes every Queenslander should consider in 2017 - If you'd like to invest in your long-term health and buck the statistical trends in Queensland, here are the top five lifestyle changes you need to consider in the coming year.
6 January 2017 - Another case of meningococcal disease in Queensland has been confirmed - It is a serious but uncommon disease that is difficult to contract without close and prolonged contact.
5 January 2017 - Patients of a Carina dentist recommended to get tested - Assessments by Queensland Health and the Office of the Health Ombudsman have identified problems with infection control practices at Gap Free Smile dental practice 2/787 Old Cleveland Road, Carina since March 2014.
3 January 2017 - Turning 50 this year? Let's talk about the reasons the government wants to start testing your poo - If you're turning 50 in 2017, you may have had an unexpected surprise turn up in the mail in the months that follow: a free bowel cancer screening kit mailed out as part of the Australian Government's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
23 December 2016 - Four ways to increase your daily cardio without lacing up the jogging shoes When you think cardio, particularly if you're just starting to get active, it's natural to focus on four main activities: jogging, swimming, cycling, and walking. All four are great options, but they aren't always convenient, especially in a Queensland summer where the sweltering heat can make you think twice about heading outside.
21 December 2016 - Four things to add to your summer survival kit - Here are four additional things to consider beyond the broadbrim hat, shirt, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, shade and sunglasses you need to survive in the Queensland sun.
16 December 2016 - New members for Queensland chapter of Medical Board of Australia Experienced public health administrator Dr Susan O'Dwyer will lead a new-look Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia.
22 December 2016 - Ambulance officers honoured for outstanding Ravenshoe response Ambulance officers who responded to the Ravenshoe caf explosion on June 9, 2015 today received Meritorious Service Awards for their outstanding service in the wake of the tragedy.
21 December 2016 - Palaszczuk Government announces new sexual health advisory committee The Palaszczuk Government has today announced it will establish a new Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee to support the implementation of Queensland's new Sexual Health Strategy.
16 December 2016 - Acting Chair of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board announced - Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick has today announced the appointment of Peta Jamieson as Acting Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board.
16 December 2016 - Toowoomba Hospital expanded CT service in full swing, MRI coming next Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said a $9.55 million project to install a state-ofthe-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging service in 2017 would deliver enormous benefits to patients of Toowoomba Hospital's medical imaging department.
16 December 2016 - Big year of projects for Toowoomba Hospital - Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said a project to deliver a new kitchen at Toowoomba Hospital was just one of a suite of infrastructure projects underway at the campus.
16 December 2016 - Turnbull Government determined to let health system rot - After months of dithering and incompetence, the Turnbull Government has finally revealed the future of its doomed dental scheme.
15 December 2016 - Calling `Zika Mozzie Seekers': No experience necessary - Deliberately attracting mosquitos might not be what you had in mind for the summer holidays, but it's exactly what you'll be doing if you answer the State Government's call to become a Zika Mozzie Seeker.
13 December 2016 - Queensland's brightest junior doctors share in $1.25 million research fellowships - The Palaszczuk Government has awarded fellowships to five of the state's brightest junior doctors to undertake ground-breaking medical research.
13 December 2016 - State-of-the-art ambulance service bus moving more Townsville patients Townsville patients now have access to a new Patient Transport Service bus.
12 December 2016 - Queensland's Nurse Practitioners turn `10' - Queensland's most senior clinical nurses today celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their specialised roles, Nurse Practitioners, commencing in Queensland.
9 December 2016 - Winners of 2016 Queensland Health Awards for Excellence - The team that developed Australia's first Integrated Specialist Ear, Nose and Throat Service at Logan Hospital has won the Minister's Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2016 Queensland Health and Department of Health Awards for Excellence.
8 December 2016 - Queensland and China to share health expertise through new agreement Queensland is set to collaborate with China on health service design, training for health care professionals and more following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Province of Sichuan.
7 December 2016 - Turnbull incompetence jeopardises dental treatment for 38,000 Queenslanders More than 38,000 Queenslanders risk missing out on the urgent dental treatment they need come January 1 because of the Turnbull Government's incompetence.
Health Ombudman QLD
12 December 2016 - Spotlight November 2016
South Australia (SA). Department for Health & Ageing
12 January 2017 - Kalimna Hostel update - Kalimna Hostel in Strathalbyn, a 24-bed aged care facility managed by Country Health SA, will soon no longer operate as a home for elderly residents. The decision to move residents to alternative accommodation is based on advice from the Country Fire Service and engineering reports, which indicate that the facility does not meet current safety standards required for the provision of aged care, without significant structural changes.
5 January 2017 - Meningococcal case - A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 10-month-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
3 January 2017 - Increase in Q Fever cases in South Australia - Livestock workers are being reminded to be aware of the health risks of Q Fever following an increase in cases reported in SA during 2016. This year to date there have already been 27 reported cases of Q Fever in South Australia, compared to 12 at this time last year and nearly triple the total number of cases reported five years ago.
23 December 2016 - SA Ambos are with you, all the way - A new television and social media campaign depicting a real-life ambulance call out will be launched in South Australia in the coming days.
23 December 2016 - 200 new jobs as Adelaide builds Australia's first biopharmaceutical injectables factory - The State Government has successfully attracted another Health Industries business to Adelaide, creating around 200 new jobs and injecting a massive $650 million into the state's economy.
21 December 2016 - Information provided to heart surgery patients - SA Health says it is highly unlikely any South Australian cardiac surgical patient has been affected by an international manufacturing issue that has been linked to causing a rare infection.
18 December 2016 - Vulnerable kids suffer as Feds slash dental funding - Vulnerable South Australian families will bear the brunt of the Turnbull Government's latest broken promise which will scrap the proposed $2.1 billion Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme and strip $145 million dollars from adult public dental services over the next three years.
11 December 2016 - Parents warned over potentially deadly button batteries as Christmas approaches - The tragic deaths of two Australian children who swallowed button batteries in separate incidences this year has prompted a timely warning to parents from the state's Health Minister.
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
4 December 2016 - Clinical Communiqu Volume 3 Issue 4 December 2016 - The Communiqu is an educational resource for medical practitioners and health professionals with a focus on patient safety in acute health care settings. Written by clinicians for clinicians about lessons learned from deaths investigated by the Coroners Court
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services
11 January 2017 - It's crunch time for the RHH Redevelopment - After the safe and successful decanting of the Royal Hobart Hospital's B-Block last year, preparation for the structural demolition of the building is well underway with the required equipment to be assembled on site today.
10 January 2016 - Record health investment and reform continue to show improvements - Almost 2800 fewer Tasmanians were waiting for elective surgery at the end of September compared to the year before, according to the latest Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard.
5 January 2017 - Improved access to child health services - Improved access to child health services and better staffing will result from the move of the Child Health and Parenting Service from DHHS back into the Tasmanian Health Service.
4 January 2017 - Redevelopment of Allied Health facilities another step in fixing the health system The redevelopment of the Launceston General Hospital's Allied Health Department is part of a $4 million capital works package funded by the Hodgman Liberal Government.
3 January 2017 - Health to be major focus of Government this year - Continuing to improve Tasmania's health system will be a major focus of the Hodgman Liberal Government this year.
23 December 2016 - Christmas cheer for nurses - Tasmania's hard working nurses and midwives will receive some welcome Christmas cheer following in-principle agreement between the Hodgman Liberal Government and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation on a new wages agreement.
21 December 2016 - Rural health services - I am deeply concerned about the outcome of the tender process for rural health services by Primary Health Tasmania as it appears to have short changed many regional communities. My understanding is that future funding is broadly comparable to current funding therefore I am confounded as to why there will be such significant service gaps.
16 December 2016 - Dental funding cut highly disappointing - The dental funding offer by the Federal Government is highly disappointing, as it represents a 30 per cent cut in real terms.
15 December 2016 - Working with paramedics for a safer Tasmania - The Hodgman Liberal Government is working to ensure our Ambulance Tasmania paramedics are given the resources to do their job and save Tasmanian lives.
14 December 2016 - RHH bed capacity to increase by 250 beds - I note the formation of the so-called 'Save the Royal' campaign - saving the Royal Hobart Hospital is exactly what the Hodgman Liberal Government has done after Labor and the Greens failed to deliver on it. We are progressing the $689 million redevelopment which will provide additional capacity for 250 beds to meet demand well into the future.
13 December 2016 - Peacock Centre services now delivered in New Town - After visiting what remains of the fire damaged Peacock Centre this morning, I can confirm that mental health outpatient services previously provided at the facility will now be delivered at the Clive Hamilton Building at New Town. This interim arrangement has been put in place to ensure the best possible continuity in service for our patients
9 December 2016 - Record investment in health - The Hodgman Liberal Government has made a record investment in health allocating $6.4 billion over the next four years in the last Budget.
Victoria. Department of Health
12 January 2017 - Pharmacist Chronic Disease Program Applications Open - The Andrews Labor Government is calling for expressions of interest from pharmacists and GPs to participate in the new Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management pilot program. The pilot program will see pharmacists and GPs work closely together to help patients manage their chronic illnesses and medication.
5 January 2017 - More Support To Put The Bite On Mozzies - Seventeen higher risk and flood-affected councils across rural Victoria will receive a $4.6 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government to combat the spread of mosquito-borne diseases this summer. Recent heavy rainfall and floods across the state have led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes that can spread disease.
4 January 2017 - Some parents think they have the luxury of choosing whether or not to vaccinate their child. Sonny's parents never got that choice.
4 January 2017 - New Immunisation Campaign To Keep Kids Safe - The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to reinforce how immunisation saves lives and keeps children safe from deadly diseases.
27 December 2016 - Blood Service Still Saving Lives During Holiday Season - While most people are enjoying a summer break, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is open for business and the Andrews Labor Government is reminding blood donors not to cancel their appointments to give blood during the holiday season.
22 December 2016 - Australian First Stroke Ambulance To Save More Lives - Australia's first ever dedicated stroke ambulance will hit the road in Melbourne next year to provide the quickest possible diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering a life threatening stroke. The ground-breaking ambulance is part of the Andrews Labor Government's $500 million plan to employ 450 more paramedics, build new and upgraded stations, and improve ambulance response times.
21 December 2016 - Faster, Better Care With New Health Projects - Patients across Victoria will have better access to higher quality health care, sooner and closer to home thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the seven groundbreaking new projects receiving funding through the second round of the Labor Government's $10 million Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund.
19 December 2016 - Six New Ambulance Sites On The Way - The Andrews Labor Government will buy land for six new ambulance stations in some of Melbourne's fastest-growing outer suburbs to meet the needs of an expanding population. Minister for Suburban Development Lily D'Ambrosio has announced that $8.5 million from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions fund will be used to buy the land, $1.1 million to purchase a site in Pakenham for a new purpose-built modern facility.
19 December 2016 Suicide Prevention Partnerships For More Communities The Andrews Labor Government will partner with Primary Health Networks (PHN) to help an additional six communities develop local strategies to prevent suicide. PHNs manage a range of Commonwealth funding, including some for suicide prevention. They work with GPs, health services and the community to deliver better care and results.
18 December 2016 - High Tech Body Cameras To Protect Paramedics On The Job - Victorian paramedics will wear high tech body cameras in a Victorian first trial to protect them from rising rates of violence while responding to life threatening emergencies. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today announced Ambulance Victoria would receive $500,000 from the Andrews Labor Government's Health Service Violence Prevention Fund to support the trial.
15 December 2016 - Putting People First With Tatura's First Ambo Station - The Andrews Labor Government is building Tatura's first ever ambulance station so paramedics can respond even quicker to local emergencies.
15 December 2016 - Latrobe Valley Welcomes Dental Lab Construction - The Andrews Labor Government has appointed Gippsland construction firm, BFN Developments to build the $5.33 million Latrobe Valley University Training Clinic and Dental Prosthetics Laboratory in Churchill. Main works have started on the new, world-class dental laboratory and medical training facility, which is backed by the Labor Government's $1.9 million investment.
Western Australia (WA). Department of Health
9 January 2017 - Minister for Health: Fabio the Frog gives kids a say on hospital care - An animated frog will help survey the opinions of young patients at Princess Margaret Hospital and provide important feedback for staff and management.
9 January 2017 - Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Development: Lifesaving new RFDS aircraft ready for take off - The first of two new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft is being prepared for take-off, thanks to a $23.16 million investment from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.
9 January 2017 - Researchers' hopes high for child brain cancer breakthrough - WA researchers believe they may be close to an important breakthrough in treating the most common childhood brain cancer, medulloblastoma.
5 January 2017 - New case of meningococcal disease in an infant - The Department of Health today reported that an infant had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease (serogroup B), and is currently recovering in hospital.
3 January 2017 - Dangerous amoebae poses risk for recreational water users - As the weather warms up, Western Australians are being reminded to ensure they take precautions to protect themselves and their families from a potentially fatal infection.
29 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Housing: Free after hours phone GP service this summer - A free after hours GP advice service is available for people in the southern half of Western Australia this summer.
28 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Housing: Local focus for Northam Health Service art -Renowned Western Australian artist Lorenna Grant has been commissioned to guide a group of artists to create works for the Northam Health Service redevelopment under the State Government's Percent for Art Scheme.
28 December 2016 - Minister for Health: SunSmart campaign saves lives, health costs - A skin cancer prevention program targeting young West Australian surfers has been boosted by more than $288,000 in Healthway funding, as new data highlights big drops in WA youth melanoma rates.
23 December 2016 - Ministers release: Building starts on Narrogin Health Service - The construction tender for the $50 million redevelopment of the Narrogin Health Service has been awarded to Cockram Construction, Health Minister John Day announced today.
23 December 2016 - Ministers release: Building starts on Northam Health Service - The construction tender for the $42 million redevelopment of the Northam Health Service has been awarded to Pindan, Health Minister John Day announced today.
23 December 2016 - Ministers release: Improving rehabilitation with research funding - Western Australia's brightest neurotrauma researchers will be able to apply for $600,000 in funding to undertake innovative research aimed at improving rehabilitation for people with catastrophic injuries.
22 December 2016 - Minister for Health: Upgrades to support Kalamunda hospital care - Kalamunda District Community Hospital will undergo an essential infrastructure upgrade, with a $1.9 million improvement program to start in the first half of 2017.
21 December 2016 - Measles alert for Perth - Western Australians are encouraged to be alert to a spike in the number of measles cases in Perth caused by local transmission. WA Health Communicable Disease Physician Dr Donna Mak said the new cases appeared in unvaccinated children.
21 December 2016 - Minister for Health: Elizabeth Quay's water park reopens - The BHP Billiton Water Park at Elizabeth Quay has reopened.
20 December 2016 - Rise in gonorrhoea rates prompts fresh health warning - WA Health is reminding people about the importance of safe sex following an alarming rise in gonorrhoea cases in Perth during the past year. Over the past 12 months, gonorrhoea notifications across the metropolitan area have surged by 53 per cent, increasing from 1320 cases in 2014-15 to 2022 in 2015-16.
19 December 2016 - Media Release: Builder chosen for Merredin Health Service - The Liberal National Government today announced the construction tender for the redevelopment of the Merredin Health Service has been awarded to Pindan.
18 December 2016 - Media Release: New helipad an investment in the future of RPH - Royal Perth Hospital's role as a tertiary health care centre and home to Western Australia's Adult Major Trauma Unit and the State Spinal Service has been further secured, with the go-ahead for a new $6.8 million helipad.
16 December 2016 - Algal bloom warning for Mindarie marina - The Department of Health is warning people to avoid contact with red tide algae that has formed in the Mindarie marina. Environmental Health Director, Mr Jim Dodds said the algae can cause a red or brown discolouration and surface scum in the water, and is capable of producing a harmful algal toxin. Contact with the bloom may cause skin irritation possibly leading to severe dermatitis, while ingestion of affected water may also cause severe illness and liver damage
16 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Development: New maternity facilities open in Esperance - Esperance families have welcomed new-generation maternity facilities as part of the latest stage of the Liberal National Government's $32.75 million redevelopment of the Esperance Health Campus.
15 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Seniors and Volunteering Minister: PMH celebrates 310 years of volunteers' service - The festive season's spirit of giving has been celebrated early at Princess Margaret Hospital, with 10 volunteers honoured for their individual contributions of 25 years' service or more.
14 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Development: Demolition to clear way for Gascoyne aged care - The Gascoyne region's new $16.5 million, 38-bed residential aged care facility is a step closer, with demolition underway on the site at Carnarvon Health Campus.
14 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Development: Milestone for Karratha Health Campus and jobs - The new Karratha Health Campus has today entered an exciting phase with the main building contract awarded to Multiplex Construction Pty Ltd, after completion of design and early works.
14 December 2016 - Study takes gene testing to new heights - A WA Health researcher is set to discover whether the use of advanced genetic testing can improve the healthcare management of children with stunted growth. PathWest genetic pathologist Dimitar Azmanov is one of three WA Health researchers to receive a Department of Health/Raine Foundation Clinician Research Fellowship in the latest round of the program announced today.
13 December 2016 - Algal bloom warning for Lake Moyanup (Drakesbrook Weir) - The Department of Health is warning people to avoid contact with blue - green algae that has formed in Lake Moyanup (Drakesbrook Weir) within the Shire of Waroona. Environmental Health Director, Mr Jim Dodds said the algae can cause a green discolouration and surface scum in the water, and is capable of producing 'Microcystin' a harmful algal toxin.
13 December 2016 - Minister for Health and Minister for Mental Health: Elders building bridges to better mental health - A unique Western Australian Aboriginal-led program to improve the mental health of young people will be developed and evaluated, after receiving significant Healthway funding
9 December 2016 Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Development: Builder chosen for Pingelly Health Centre Health Minister John Day today announced the construction tender for the new Pingelly Health Centre had been awarded to BGC Construction.
4 January 2017 - MP 0044/17 Clinical Academic Funding Policy - The purpose of the Clinical Academic Funding Policy is to inform Health Service Providers of procedures that apply to the funding of the appointment of clinical academics. Policy framework: Employment Policy Framework
New Zealand. Ministry of Health
12 January 2017 - Summary of Submissions: Review of Drug Utensils Regulation: A discussion document - This publication provides a summary of submissions received in response to the Ministry of Health discussion document Review of Drug Utensils Regulation.
22 December 2016 - New cancer registrations 2014 - These tables provide high-level data on cancer registrations in 2014, ahead of the annual publication Cancer: New registrations and deaths 2014. They include information about the most common cancers registered and breakdowns by common demographic variables.
22 December 2016 - Canterbury District Health Board: Stage Two Financial Review - The stage two financial review looked at the impact of close to $1 billion of new hospital facilities on Canterbury DHB's future financial performance
22 December 2016 - Immunisation Handbook 2014 (3rd edn) - The Immunisation Handbook 2014 provides clinical guidelines for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.
21 December 2016 - Suicide Facts: 2014 data - This web page provides high level suicide information for 2014 ahead of the annual Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2014 publication.
21 December 2016 - Integrated Maternity and Child Health Services Outcomes Evaluation Report This publication presents the outcomes evaluation of the maternal and child health services integration pilots run in three District Health Boards across a two year period (2014-2016).
20 December 2016 - Mortality 2014 data tables - These tables contain provisional information on the underlying causes of all deaths registered in New Zealand in 2014. Information is broken down by age, sex, ethnicity, district health board and ICD-10-AM statistical classification chapters, subgroups and three character codes.
16 December 2016 - Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People - This publication provides clinical guidance for primary health care practitioners and others who provide advice on weight management for New Zealand children and young people aged 2 to 18 years.
16 December 2016 - National Maternity Monitoring Group Annual Report 2016 - This report presents the activities and recommendations of the National Maternity Monitoring Group in their third year of operation, 2015/16.
16 December 2016 - New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators 2015 - The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators present comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women and their babies by maternity facility and district health board region.
15 December 2016 - Health, Independence and Caregiving in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ - This report presents findings from the first four waves (2010-2015) of the Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study (LiLACS NZ). It provides a picture of changes overtime and a clearer understanding of trajectories of disability, dependency and recovery amongst people in advanced age (80 years and above).
15 December 2016 - Evaluation of SPARX - This evaluation report looks at the SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts) e-therapy programme. It is designed to help young people aged 12 to 19 years who have mild to moderate depression.
15 December 2016 - Evaluation Report: The Youth Primary Mental Health Service - This evaluation report looks at the Youth Primary Mental Health Service. The aim of the service is to extend existing primary mental health services to increase access for all those aged 12 to 19 years.
15 December 2016 - Content Guide 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - The questionnaires and content guide give information about the content of the adult and child surveys in the New Zealand Health Survey.
15 December 2016 - Sample Design from 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - This report describes in detail the sample design and sample selection for the New Zealand Health Survey, including information about changes that have been made to the design for the 2015/16 year onwards.
15 December 2016 - Methodology Report 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - This methodology report details the procedures and protocols followed to ensure the New Zealand Health Survey produces the high quality and robust data expected of official statistics.
15 December 2016 - Amphetamine Use 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - This report presents findings from the 2015/16 New Zealand Health Survey about amphetamine use in the last 12 months in adults aged 16-64 years of age.
15 December 2016 - Indicator Interpretation Guide 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - This guide provides detailed information on the definitions of all the indicators in the New Zealand Health Survey annual survey report. It explains how the indicators in the report are developed from the questions in the survey.
15 December 2016 - Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey - This report presents the 2015/16 results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The reports includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services.
13 December 2016 - Healthy Ageing Strategy - This publication presents the overarching direction and action plan for the next 10 years in regards to the health and wellbeing of older people.
Australian Medical Association (AuMA)
12 January 2017 - Set funding targets for GP services, research - GP services account for just 8 per cent of Commonwealth health spending, and GP-specific research projects attract just 2 per cent of total NHMRC grants funding. The AuMA is calling for targets to bring funding to GPs in line with their increasing workload, and their importance to the health system.
10 January 2017 - Better broadband needed in the bush - High-speed broadband has the potential to bring vital health services into regional Australia, but slow and unreliable internet connections are frustrating doctors and patients alike. The AuMA is calling on the Government to act urgently to give all Australians access to affordable and reliable high speed broadband.
9 January 2017 - Applications close soon for AuMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship Applications for the AuMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship close at the end of January. Dr Gannon has encouraged all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently enrolled in medical school to consider applying.
9 January 2017 - Needle and syringe programs needed in prisons - Blood borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C, and HIV, are a major health problem in prisons. Introducing needle and syringe programs can reduce the spread of disease, while protecting inmates and prison staff from infection.
5 January 2017 - Targets needed to increase diversity in the medical workforce - The medical workforce should reflect the population it serves. The AuMA is calling for realistic, merit-based targets to increase the proportion of women in health leadership positions, and the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the medical workforce.
4 January 2017 - Australia needs a Centre for Disease Control - Australia is the only OECD country without an established national Centre for Disease Control. With emerging threats like Zika, Ebola, and blood borne viruses, it's time Australia established a national authority to deliver scientific research and leadership in communicable disease control.
3 January 2017 - Tighter restrictions needed on gun ownership - In the face of ongoing attempts by some groups to water down the National Firearms Agreement, the AuMA is calling for tighter gun ownership laws and a national, real-time firearms register.
30 December 2016 - Make 2017 the year to quit smoking for life - A pack-a-day smoker could save more than $500 a month by quitting the habit. AuMA Vice President, Dr Tony Bartone, outlines the health benefits of giving up for good.
29 December 2016 - BBQ with safety this summer - Children and young people make up more than half of all people admitted to hospital each year with burns. Stay safe around BBQs and open fires this summer.
28 December 2016 - Stay safe at festivals this summer - Whether it's an outdoor film festival or a threeday rave, the AuMA has some simple tips for staying safe while having fun this summer.
27 December 2016 - Children should wear sunglasses - Children's eyes need protection from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, making sunglasses much more than a fashion statement, AuMA Vice President, Dr Tony Bartone, says.
26 December 2016 - AuMA urges water safety this holiday season - Beaches, pools, and rivers can help you cool down over summer, but they can be dangerous. AuMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, has some tips for staying safe around water this summer.
23 December 2016 - Button batteries a serious risk to children - Button batteries are useful for powering toys and games but, if swallowed, they can pose serious health risks to small children. The AuMA is calling on parents to be vigilant and not leave the small, shiny batteries unattended around children.
22 December 2016 - AuMA pays tribute to palliative care workers - The AuMA recognises and appreciates the special work done by doctors, nurses, other health professionals, and all workers involved in caring for dying patients, their family members, and their carers.
19 December 2016 - Give the gift of life this Christmas - The AuMA is encouraging Australians to use time with family over the holidays to discuss organ donation, and make the serious commitment to register as an organ donor.
Caroline Atkins is the Office Managing Partner for the Canberra office of DLA Piper and has worked extensively in the health sector for Australian Government agencies. Her experience includes the conduct of major technology projects for the health sector, such as in the e-health and aged care sectors, and in advising the Commonwealth on the implementation of policy programs in contractual arrangements (including for medical indemnity insurance and for CSO arrangements for PBS funding). She has also advised the National Blood Authority on major Commonwealth contracts for the supply of blood products including with the Red Cross and CSL. Caroline's commercial experience extends over 30 years and also includes significant experience in ICT outsourcing, whole-of-government technology procurements, intellectual property rights licensing, contract management, procurement strategy and dispute resolution.
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