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Inside track: Healthcare

12 October 2021

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Inside track: Healthcare

In the media

Booster shot for severely immunocompromised Australians
From next week Australians who are severely immunocompromised will be offered the option to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to boost their protection against COVID-19 to the highest level (08 October 2021).  More...

New project to combat concussion and brain injury in sport
The Morrison Government will boost funding to improve research and prevention of brain injuries and concussion for Australians playing sport. The Australian Institute of Sport will use an additional $340,000 in funding for the Concussion and Brain Health Project, a comprehensive study that will draw on the expertise of medical professionals and researchers (08 October 2021).  More...

Vaccination status – when your medical information is private and when it’s not
Vaccinations and medical exemptions are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register operated by the federal government. It’s understandable to think our health information should be secret – kept between us and our doctor. But the law – principally the Australian Privacy Act and health records laws in many states – allows it to be collected by other people if certain conditions are met (05 October 2021).  More...

Pharmaceutical industry backs workplace vaccinations
Medicines Australia has released a position statement on workplace vaccinations, with the biopharmaceutical industry strongly recommending immunisations for the "health and safety and protection of all employees (05 October 2021).  More...

Practice and Regulation


New health direction allows practitioner access to restricted aged care facilities
A Queensland Health direction published 29 September 2021 will allow fully vaccinated lawyers to attend clients in restricted aged care facilities for essential legal tasks. The new Residential Aged Care Direction (No.8) includes “fully vaccinated legal practitioners” among those people permitted to access an aged care facility which is subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

AMA Qld: QScript
QScript is Queensland’s read-only, real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts and notifies health practitioners to review a patient’s monitored medicine prescription history at the point of care and has now commenced. Penalties for non-compliance in using QScript are planned to start on 1 October, however AMA Queensland is advocating for a 12-month grace period to allow practitioners time to adapt to this new system.  More...

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