In the media

Report backs AMA’s calls on aged care

A Parliamentary Committee report on how to improve the care of vulnerable Australians in residential aged care facilities has accepted many of the AMA’s recommendations, including the need for more registered nurses (25 October 2018). More...

International agencies crackdown on fake medicines

From 10 to 11 October 2018, the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) took part in an international operation to tackle counterfeit and illegal medicines purchased over the internet (24 October 2018). More...

Senate inquiry calls for My Health Record changes including default PIN codes and year-long opt out extension

Default PIN codes, a one-year extension to the opt out period and more legislative changes to protect the privacy of patient information are among the raft of changes recommended by the Senate Inquiry into My Health Record, but Health Minister Greg Hunt has said opt out will end in November as planned (24 October 2018). More...

My Health Record system: Final report

Senate Community Affairs References Committee; Parliament of Australia The My Health Record (MHR) system is an online folder of summary documents relating to a healthcare recipient's health that can be controlled by the individual. MHR can be used to record information such as allergies, blood test results or medical conditions a person has been diagnosed with. Proponents of MHR argue that the potential benefits outweigh the data privacy risks (18 October 2018). More...