Will pharmacists continue to be paid penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays?

pharmacist wages and remuneration

The Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates and other conditions in selected industries has hit workers in many professions, including pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia stated its concern that the new rule which cuts Sundays and public holiday penalty rates may lead to pharmacists who work on weekends and public holidays to be [Read More…]

UMAT 2017 will be held on 26 July. Register now!

umat 2017 registrations

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is required for undergraduate admission to many courses throughout Australia and New Zealand in the fields of medicine and dentistry. The results from UMAT 2017 can only be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2018.   Sasha Tymoshenko, UMAT and Education Specialist [Read More…]

New AHPRA podiatry registrant data released

registered podiatry data december 2016

There are almost 5,000 podiatrists registered in Australia, with many being aged between 25-29 years, according to the data in the Podiatry Board of Australia’s 1 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 registrant report. Of the 4,805 podiatrists in Australia, 4,666 are in general practice, 31 general and specialists, and 108 non-practising podiatrists. Age group [Read More…]

Can the redistribution of medical school solve the problems in training places shortage?

solution to medical training places shortage

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has provided strong comment on the Government’s assessment of the distribution of medical school places across the country, stating that greater funding is needed to ensure an adequate flow of fully-trained doctors, especially to rural and remote areas. The AMA has said that they are open to the redistribution of [Read More…]

Dietitians launch Reconciliation Action Plan to ‘close the gap’

reconciliation action plan launched by DAA

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is taking action to close the gap by launching the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Reflect RAP marks DAA’s commitment to building the relationships, respect and opportunities essential to reconciliation. The DAA President, Liz Kellett, unveiled the program with General Manager of the RAP, Darryl Monaghan on 21 February [Read More…]

Believe in Change says Australian Psychological Society

APS believe in change campaign

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has launched Believe in Change, a campaign encouraging Australians to seek psychological assistance for mental health and life issues. The campaign emphasizes that change is possible and psychological assistance is there to help so no one should be struggling alone. According to the APS, millions of Australians with mental health [Read More…]

Opportunity to join WOFT international reviewer team

volunteering in WFOT education review

If you are an occupational therapist and care about entry-level occupational therapy education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WOFT) invites you to volunteer on an International team to review occupational therapy entry-level educational programmes. The review is part of the WFOT educational programmes approval process. Those who nominate are expected to: Have at least [Read More…]

Turnbull Government considering unfreezing Medicare rebates

Lifting the Medicare rebate freeze

Health Minister Greg Hunt appears to be considering a deal with the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to unwind the Medicare rebate freeze. Minister Hunt says he and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will review the rebate in a move that could cost more than $3 billion. There’s a speculation [Read More…]

24 hour support service for nurses and midwives has launched

nurse & midwife support

Turning Point, an Australian leading addiction treatment, research and education organisation, has launched first national health and support service for nurses and midwives in Australia, called Nurse & Midwife Support. The service is an initiative of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide education and support on health impairment as defined in the [Read More…]

Queensland health students – applications to Grow Rural close 7th April

Grow rural Queensland

The Grow Rural program has opened an opportunity to taste how life is as a health professional in rural Queensland. By joining the 2017 cohort, you will visit Central Queensland and experience a farm stay, see a cattle property, attend a community trivia night, as well as undertake clinical skills training sessions. This is one [Read More…]

Artificial intelligence vs ophthalmologist grading of diabetic retinopathy

algorithm to detect diabetic retinopathy

A team of researchers from the US has examined the performance of an automated deep learning algorithm compared with manual grading by ophthalmologists for identifying diabetic retinopathy in retinal fundus photographs. The algorithm was evaluated at two operating points selected for high specificity and high sensitivity, in two validation sets of 9963 images and 1748 [Read More…]

2015/16 summaries of AHPRA registration and notification information across Australia

AHPRA registration and notification report

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has published the 2015/16 annual report summaries for each state and territory which offering insights into how the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is operating across Australia. Of the 657,621 health practitioners registered in Australia in 2015/16: New South Wales had the largest number of registered health practitioners, at [Read More…]

RACGP president hits back at claims that future doctors may not prepared to provide physical activity counselling

physical activity training in medical school curricula

The University of Sydney and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) collaborated to survey 17 of the 19 medical schools in Australia to assess how physical activity (PA) training is implemented across medical school curricula. The study found that almost half of all medical schools surveyed (42.9%) reporting the level of PA training was “insufficient” [Read More…]

New index to examine geographic supply of clinical health workforce for Indigenous Australians

spatial distribution of clinical health workforce

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare utilised a new measure for its report, Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population. The measure is Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS), which was developed to overcome limitations in using relatively simple provider-to-population ratios to [Read More…]

Should Australia introduce a sugar tax to combat obesity?

sugar tax to reduce obesity

To help recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community, Grattan Institute in its report, A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity, suggests that Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Excessive consumption of unhealthy foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), not only causes long-term problems for consumers, but also [Read More…]

Exercise Physiology interventions give over 10:1 benefit to cost ratio

exercise physiologist interventions save money

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) engaged Deloitte Access Economics to quantify the value of accredited exercise physiologists from the perspective of consumers in Australia. And according to the report, The value of accredited exercise physiologists to consumers in Australia, working with the right expert can not only save lives, but also saves money. CEO [Read More…]

Australian Dental Association priorities for the 2017-18 Federal Budget

ADA pre-budget submission 2017

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has released a pre-budget submission, the Australian Dental Health Plan (ADHP), as a sustainable funding model for dental care. According to the ADA, implementation of the ADHP would enable all Australians to access equitable, timely and appropriate oral healthcare. The overall dental and general health of the community would be [Read More…]

Feedback sought on a proposed revision to therapeutic endorsement for optometrists

Optometry Board endorsement for scheduled medicines consultation

The Optometry Board of Australia opens public consultation on endorsement for scheduled medicines registration standard and guidelines for use of scheduled medicines. The Board is inviting comments on the proposed revised registration standard and guidelines. The proposed revised registration standard and guidelines would be clearer and easier to understand. The Board-approved list of scheduled medicines [Read More…]

Changes to emergency contraception medicines for pharmacists

emergency contraception guide for pharmacists

Following changes to emergency contraception (EC) medicines in Australia, ulipristal is now approved for supply as EC up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse. And as of 1 February 2017, pharmacists have been able to supply ulipristal to women as a Pharmacist-Only (Schedule 3) medicine. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has updated its detailed guidelines [Read More…]

Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

robots for dementia care

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Taro Sugihara, Okayama University Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world [Read More…]

$93M investment to distribute health workforce to rural and remote areas

investment in rural health workforce

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, has announced a national investment of $93M on the Rural Workforce Agency program. The investment is a part of the Federal Coalition Government’s health workforce reform agenda, which is redesigned to deliver better health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote Australia. “Access to essential [Read More…]

Australian Dental Association shares concerns about MBS Review

MBS Review Taskforce

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has raised some matters of concern around the MBS review taskforce, including intravenous sedation in dental procedures, private insurance, and dental services for special needs patients. The ADA recommends: Restriction of the rebate payment for sedation services when suitably trained and endorsed dentists were not able to provide the sedation [Read More…]

APA statement on physio role in acute ankle sprain management

physio role in acute ankle sprain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has reacted to a suggestion by a recent study that there is no evidence to support a clinically important improvement in outcome with the addition of supervised physiotherapy to usual care for acute ankle sprain. Despite the findings of the study and some reports with similar suggestions, APA strongly asserts [Read More…]

Mental health OTs overlooked in mental health management

blind spot around mental health OTs

According to a news item published by Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA), most mental health occupational therapists found that they are being overlooked when clients need mental health intervention. Instead of considering mental health OTs as part of the client management, other OT colleagues tend to refer their clients to a psychologist. According to OTA, Mental [Read More…]

Women need more help from optometrists than men

women more likely to consult optometrists

Optometry Australia (OA) reports that not only are women using more optometric services than men, they also suffer a higher rate of vision disorders. According to OA, the latest Medicare statistics reveal that women received around 57% of the 8.48 million optometric services provided in 2015-2016. Females aged 5 to 85 outnumbered men in the [Read More…]

Pharmacists’ responses to codeine upscheduling decision

prescription only codeine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that products containing codeine will be available only with a prescription from February 1, 2018. Pharmacists are largely disappointed with the decision. They say that this is not the answer to misuse issues and, that it creates a new problem for patients who genuinely need them. According to [Read More…]

New accreditation for sports science and high performance management

ESSA’s new accreditation

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has released its new Sports Science and High Performance Manager (Sports Science/Sports Medicine) Accreditation following the Senate Inquiry into the Practice of Sports Science in Australia. There were concerns that individuals describing themselves as sports scientists are continuing to perform a role within sporting organisations and clubs without appropriate [Read More…]

Australian next generation struggling with alcohol, drugs, mental health, and discrimination

young people mental health and discrimination

Mission Australia has performed an extensive survey involving 12,000 young people aged 15 to 19 years old, and the results showed that our youth are struggling with complex issues and need a more targeted and co-ordinated approach across the nation. The main findings of the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 are: Top 3 national issues: [Read More…]

Recommendations for Indigenous suicide prevention

recommendations for indigenous suicide prevention

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) is a solution that arose from Indigenous community members, leaders in mental health and suicide prevention, and the Australian Government as a response to the Indigenous suicide problem. Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [Read More…]

Identifying and eliminating biofilm in chronic wounds

identifying and eliminating bioflim

Some sources claim that almost 80% of chronic wounds are colonised with biofilm. Biofilm has a significant tolerance to antibiotics and biocides while remaining protected from host immunity. While awareness of the presence and impact of wound biofilm has advanced enormously, understanding of its pathogenesis is yet to be clarified fully. The International Wound Infection [Read More…]