In the media

CBA customers' medical data exposed in potential privacy breach

Medical information supplied by an unknown number of customers to Commonwealth Bank's insurance operation is made available to other arms of the bank, including to staff who decide whether to approve or decline loan applications (03 December 2018). More...

ACCC to monitor the removal of GST on feminine hygiene products

The Federal Government has directed the ACCC to monitor and report on the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of menstrual products in the feminine hygiene products industry. The Government has previously agreed with the states and territories that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be removed from menstrual products from 1 January 2019 (29 November 2018). More...

More than 425 tonnes of toxic firefighting foam remains in Queensland

More than 425 tonnes of harmful firefighting foams, toxic to both the environment and to human health, were discovered at 468 locations in Queensland last year, according to a state government audit. Most of those locations were places in which bulk fuel or large amounts of chemicals were stored, because they were high fire risks (29 November 2018). More...

Teens urged to vaccinate against meningococcal

The Queensland Government is encouraging more young Queenslanders to take advantage of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine, as new data reveal only around 64 per cent of Year 10 students received the jab through the School Immunisation Program last school year (27 November 2018). More...

Reminder: Australian Digital Health Agency "opt-out period" for My Health Record

As announced by the Australian Digital Health Agency, every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the opt out period which has been extended to 31 January 2019. During the opt out period individuals who do not want a record will be able to opt out by visiting My Health Record.