In the media

Better information means safer use of medicines

The Australian Government is improving the information that doctors and pharmacists give to patients about the safe and effective use of prescription medicines and certain over-the-counter medicines (26 July 2019). More...

AMA calls for free catch-up vaccinations for adults

The AMA is advocating that all Australian adults should be eligible for free catch-up vaccinations, under the National Immunisation Program, to protect as many people as possible from preventable diseases (25 July 2019). More...

New cancer drug Keytruda will help thousands of patients

A new drug that treats cancer based on a tumour’s genetics rather than where it started in a patient’s body will become more widely available in Australia. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved Keytruda, also known by the generic name pembrolizumab, to be used to treat multiple rare cancer types (23 July 2019). More...

New PBS listing for infants with Cystic Fibrosis

The Australian Government is expanding access to a critically important medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme that will help infants living with Cystic Fibrosis and save their families up to $300,000 per year (22 July 2019). More...

Practice and Regulation

Alternative Therapies- eligibility for private health insurance rebates

Nominations are invited for membership of the NTREAP. Members will be appointed for their expertise, rather than as representatives of particular organisations. A draft Terms of Reference for the Review is now also available. More information on the Terms of Reference and expressions of interest in membership of the Panel is available on the Department website. More...

Cases

Health Ombudsman v Trotta [2019] QCAT 161

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – PHYSIOTHERAPISTS – where the applicant instituted disciplinary proceedings against the practitioner in relation to criminal convictions – where the criminal convictions related to conduct including the covert recording of female patients attending the practitioner’s physiotherapy practice – where the practitioner accepts that the conduct amounts to professional misconduct – where the parties have reached a joint position as to sanction – whether the sanction proposed is appropriate Health Ombudsman Act 2013 Qld s 103, s 104, s 107; Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 2009 Qld s5. More...