Primary Health Networks caught between a rock and a hard place
Primary health networks are intended to improve services at the local level, but recent events suggest political ideology may be lurking behind some matters of contestability and competition (08 March 2019). More...
BUPA Pharmacy Partnership undermines quality general practice
AMA President, Tony Bartone, slammed a new ‘strategic partnership’ between Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers, and TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies as an attack on general practice that could lead to patients receiving inappropriate primary health care and advice (06 March 2019). More...
Facebook plans to tackle anti-vaccine misinformation by rejecting false ads and de-ranking harmful pages
On Thursday, the company announced it was taking action against groups and pages that spread ‘anti-vax’ content on the social network—including reducing its ranking in search results and on the News Feed, and removing them from recommendations that automatically appear across the platform (08 March 2019). More...
Headspace turf war prompts review of $1.45b in mental health funding
A turf war over the tendering of a new Headspace in suburban Melbourne has prompted federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to re-examine the process under which $1.45 billion worth of mental health services are being delivered nationally (05 March 2019). More...
Baby born with brain damage after 'fragmented' care at Queensland hospital
A baby was born with brain damage in a Queensland hospital after critical patient data was entered into different sections of its mother’s electronic medical record, meaning obstetricians were “unlikely” to have seen a key test result (03 March 2019). More...
SafeWork Australia public comment: Silica and coal dust exposure standards
Safe Work Australia is currently evaluating the 'Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants' to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach. Participants can access the consultation platform Engage to provide their comments before 30 April 2019 (03 March 2019). More...
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