Revised opioids PBS listings
Commencing 1 Oct, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for opioid medicines will change. Following feedback received regarding recent changes to opioid analgesic medications listed on the PBS, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended additional changes to ensure unimpeded access to opioid medication to palliative care patients.
Further, in collaboration with Services Australia, the Department of Health has restructured the current listings in order to reduce the additional administrative burden. For more information, please view the information and factsheets in the links below:
ANU Quick COVID Clinician Survey – Round 10
ANU conducts a series of survey on regular basis on COVID. Round 10 is open for your feedback on telehealth barriers and workarounds specific to vulnerable populations. Take the survey. To view all previous reports, please visit ANU website.
TGA has published two Serious Shortage Substitution Notices as well as a web statement regarding ongoing shortages of medicines containing olmesartan or prazosin as the sole active ingredient.
Free online courses on communicating COVID-19
The University of Melbourne have developed an online course with the Doherty Institute on COVID-19. It is delivered via a series of eight tutorials with the first one available online now. It is FREE and whilst primarily designed for clinicians in primary care and hospital-based settings, it also has a broader secondary audience of pharmacists, nursing and allied health staff, aged care workers, and disability care workers. Enrol here.
Information for patients content
Murrumbidgee PHN has recorded two videos about the general practice during COVID: We're Here For You and GP – We are here for you. Add these to your practice website or create your own.
The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council has collected the most important information about COVID-19 for their members on their website.
Virtual Health Workforce
RDN is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from GPs, nurses, allied health professionals, specialists, practice managers and administrators who can provide telehealth support to communities. Complete this EOI form and a member of the RDN NSW Workforce Team will be in touch.