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In less than one week’s time Australian GPs, other healthcare professions and political leaders will come together for four days of education, networking, fellowship and collegiality at GP17 in Sydney. This year’s conference will deliver an extraordinary range of topics and issues that sit at the heart of general practice. GP17 attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear from leaders of Australia’s major political parties and internationally renowned keynote speakers . Visit the GP17 website for more information.
The Department of Health (DoH) has announced changes to a number of MBS items, some of which will affect general practice. The majority of these changes will come into effect on 1 November 2017, arising from MBS Review Taskforce recommendations. The changes affect MBS items relating to gastroenterology and obstetric services, as well as the current administrative block that prevents patients from claiming MBS rebates for consultations with their GP during the aftercare period. Of particular interest is the increase to the MBS rebate for a number of ...
The RACGP has provided two new submissions to the Department of Health (DoH) on the First Principles Review of the Indemnity Insurance Fund (IIF) and improving Medicare compliance . The submission to the First Principles Review of the Indemnity Insurance Fund (IIF) requests that the Commonwealth not withdraw from its involvement in the IIF, as it ensures the availability of high-quality and affordable healthcare in Australia. As the IIF offers a valuable safeguard for GPs and patients, there is concern that significant change could lead to unaffo...
RACGP members are reminded to remain vigilant to the age restrictions for the four age-specific Seqirus’ Afluria Quad influenza vaccines and carefully check prescribed vaccines prior to administration to ensure they are aligned to the age group of the individual. As of 5 October 2017, there have been 17 cases of the Seqirus’ Afluria Quad influenza vaccine being wrongly administered to children under five years of age. It is beneficial for practitioners to cross-check with a second person to avoid inadvertent administration of the wrong vaccine. Th...
Feedback on the RACGP’s submission to the public consultation process on developing a draft implementation plan for the secondary use of My Health Record data closes Monday 23 October. Under the My Health Records Act 2012 , information in the My Health Record may be collected, used and disclosed ‘for any purpose’ with the consent of the healthcare recipient. In addition, one of the functions of the System Operator (the Australian Digital Health Agency) is ‘to prepare and provide de-identified data for research and public health purposes’. Before th...
The Australian Women of Medicine (AWOM) event will take place on 26 November in Melbourne. This event is an opportunity for female doctors to learn more about professional advancement, as well as personal and financial wellbeing. Keynote speaker, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will discuss ‘resilience in the face of trauma'. Visit the AWOM website for more information and to register. Use the promotional code RACGP before 31 October to pay only $99.
The Professional Services Review (PSR) Panel is seeking applications from GPs in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia to take part in the peer review process established under the Health Insurance Act 1973 . To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen, currently practising, and meet the minimum requirements. As part of the selection process, applicants’ names will be forwarded to the relevant professional body that is responsible for providing the Minister with advice on their suitability to perform the role. Applications close at 5...
Bone health is of paramount importance for patients undergoing aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy for breast cancer. While endocrine treatments improve cancer-specific outcomes, they may cause severe hypogonadism leading to accelerated bone loss. The latest Australian guidelines recommend that all women undergoing AI therapy for breast cancer have a baseline assessment of fracture risk prior to commencing therapy. Assessment includes review of clinical risk factors, basic laboratory testing, and hip and spine bone mineral density measurement by dual-...