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'False sense of security': Experts sound warning over 'sunscreen pills'

Australians are being offered pills that claim to "protect skin" and "limit the damage caused by the sun's rays". But experts say there is no evidence they work and could be putting people at risk (4 January 2019). More...

Why making everyone an organ donor could mean fewer transplants

A proposal to automatically make people organ donors could reduce the number of available organs, the authority in charge of the system says (1 January 2019). More...

Police access to health records raises privacy concerns

Thousands of records containing sensitive information such as HIV-status, past abortions and mental health issues are being requested by the police every year, and doctors and privacy experts are deeply concerned about it (21 December 2018). More...

GP loses court bid over 80/20 ruling

A Queensland GP has lost a legal challenge in which he claimed that a lack of alternative medical services for patients and heated demand at the height of the coal-mining boom led him to breach the “80/20 rule” (9 January 2019). More...

Queensland doctors and nurses use patient details to steal drugs

Personal details of some patients are being used to illegally access and steal drugs and medications in hospitals and health centres, the Queensland Health Ombudsman has found (21 December 2018). More...

Health Ombudsman releases follow up report two years after Schedule 8 medicine regulation investigation

The Queensland Health Ombudsman has published an update two years on from an investigation into the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule 8 medicines. The report provides a snapshot of the current landscape of Schedule 8 medications in Queensland and highlights the key initiatives and activities implemented since the 2016 investigation (21 December 2018). More...