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Recent changes to legislation around medical cannabis, as well as media coverage of the issue, have created a perception of easy access to cannabis products. GPs may now experience greater patient demand to prescribe cannabis-based medications. To address this, the RACGP position statement on the medicinal use of cannabis products has been developed to outline the RACGP's position on prescribing medicinal cannabis products in general practice, the challenges GPs face, the current evidence and the legal framework in Australia.
The current evid...
The Department of Health (DoH) has released a consultation paper seeking stakeholder feedback on the redesign of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP).
The stated intention of the redesign is to reduce the administrative burden associated with multiple PIP payments. A Quality Improvement Incentive will replace seven of the 11 incentives in the current PIP. Funding for PIP will remain unchanged from current levels.
The RACGP is seeking your feedback on the key questions and preliminary redesign options raised in the consultation paper. The RA...
The National Shingles Vaccination Program will commence from 1 November 2016. People eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine include: people aged 70 years of age as an ongoing program. people aged 71-79 years of age as a catch-up program until 31 October 2021. People who are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of the program can purchase the vaccine on the private market. Providers should submit shingles vaccination data to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) – to ensure capture of whole of life data on immunisation.
New and amended listings on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) will take effect on 1 November.
The changes pertain to services for addiction medicine, sexual health medicine, retinal photography and circumcision. 15 new items will be listed on the MBS for patients of addiction medicine specialists, as part of the Government’s response to the findings of the National Ice Taskforce 16 new items will be listed for patients of sexual health medicine specialists Two new items will be available to cover testing of diabetic retinopathy with a non-m...
The 4th International Medicine in Addiction Conference, IMiA17 will be held at the new Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) from 24–26 March 2017.
The RACGP has collaborated with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to host IMiA17, the premier addiction conference for medical practitioners and allied clinicians in Asia and Oceania.
The conference brings together a wide range of local and international medical professionals who specialise in ...
Investigating fatigue In a patient with fatigue, avoid performing multiple serological investigations, without a clinical indication or relevant epidemiology.
Fatigue is a very common presentation to the GP. Presentations of fatigue lead to high rates of test ordering, but serious somatic disease is uncommon. One Australian study found that only 16% of tests returned abnormal results, leading to a ‘significant clinical diagnosis’ in only 4% of patients.
In 2011, Australian guidelines for the investigation of fatigue were published by the The...
Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) provides a non-MBS incentive payment to community based general practices for a mental health nurse to assist in the provision of coordinated care for people with severe mental disorders. Funding for the MHNIP was transferred to PHNs on 1 July 2016. The RACGP is seeking input from members about the impact of this funding shift on their practice and patients. The following link is to a brief poll seeking your input: MHNIP Poll.
The RACGP eHealth forum on Thursday 27 October will be an interactive online member event, including a live Twitter feed and live streaming on RACGP.TV. This is the second eHealth forum for the RACGP, allowing key stakeholders across the primary care sector, government, and other leaders in the eHealth space to come together and discuss the current state of eHealth in Australia. The day will be split up into three sessions, each followed by a Q&A session with the expert panel. ‘Farewell fax machine’ supporting the RACGP calls for the use of sec...