In the media

Parents urged to schedule vaccinations Minister for Education, Dan Tehan has urged parents to check their children’s immunisations are up to date as they head back into the new school year. It is a requirement for many Centrelink payments, child care providers and schools that children are up to date with their vaccination (06 February 2020). More...

'Instant' online prescription app prompts warning over misdiagnosis risk The latest in a growing list of online platforms offering immediate prescriptions prompts safety warnings from doctor and pharmacist peak bodies (05 February 2020). More...

Softer tone in new compliance letter after RACGP questions Hundreds of GPs will receive a warning letter this week around mental health treatment items, triggering RACGP concerns over targeting (05 February 2020). More...

Fake doctor convicted of Ahpra charges A Victorian man has been convicted in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria of falsely claiming to be a medical practitioner when he was not registered, following charges laid by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). Panayiotis Marlassi-Bouras was found guilty of six charges under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. He was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $1308 in costs to AHPRA (04 February 2020). More...

Insurers clarify coronavirus coverage The local insurance industry has warned that “broad exclusions normally apply” to pandemics and epidemics such as the current coronavirus outbreak. But some insurers have announced that policyholders will be covered under specific circumstances (03 February 2020). More...