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Pharmacists Invited To Assist With Review Of Competency Standards

The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) is commencing a review of the Australian pharmacy profession’s competency standards. The National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia issued in 2010 is  formally reviewed on a regular basis. Consultation forums will be conducted across the country with the pharmacy profession as part of this review. On behalf of the …

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Surgeons Concerned By Reports Of Out-of-pocket Costs Incurred By Patients

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is highly concerned at the amount of reported out-of-pocket costs incurred by patients in the health-care sector.RACS President Professor Michael Grigg said that while there had been substantial improvement in the last five years, recent reports were still damaging to the health system and to the standing of …

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Hepatitis Report Card Released For World Hepatitis Day

A Hepatitis Report Card released for World Hepatitis Day today shows 250,000 Australians with untreated hepatitis B or C are aged over 40 years and have reached the critical age-point where liver scarring accelerates and the risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure dramatically increases. “We dub this the ‘liver danger zone’ – where middle-age accelerates …

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Dr Len Notaras: Industry Q & A

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Dr Len Notaras has recently been appointed the Chief Executive Officer for the Northern Territory Department of Health. His new position has overarching responsibility for the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) of which he was recently Executive Director. Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin asked Dr Notaras about the NCCTRC and its key …

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Smart Phone Apps Could Improve Health Outcomes For Mothers And Babies

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown new media technologies such as smart phone apps may be an effective means of improving health outcomes for new mothers and their babies. A health communication study at a South Australian hospital found that midwives are already trying to raise the level of health literacy among their patients by providing informal verbal advice …

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