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Inside track: Healthcare

04 November 2019

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Inside track: Healthcare

In the media

Pharmacogenomics research for better treatment of people with mental illness
A $7 million research investment in pharmacogenomics will improve the treatment and outcomes of people with mental illness (30 October 2019).  More...

Private health industry's 'death spiral' is self-inflicted, Choice says
Research from consumer lobby group Choice finds Australians purchasing some health policies are being scammed out of hundreds of dollars a year despite a Federal Government overhaul designed to simplify private health insurance (30 October 2019).  More...

Job applicants forced to give blood tests, waive privacy rights to work on Shell's QGC project
A company working on the Shell-owned Queensland Gas Corporation (QGC) project has told job applicants they will not be accepted until they submit to blood tests to check if they are at risk of heart attack, high cholesterol and other conditions (31 October 2019).  More...

Cases

Russell and Comcare (Compensation) [2019] AATA 4363
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION – shoulder bursitis – disease – aggravation of ailment – causation – repetitive and intense activities using computer keyboard and mouse – consideration of articles reviewing relevant epidemiological studies – consideration of conflicting medical evidence – employment contributed to, to a significant degree, the aggravation of the disease – decision set aside and substituted – issue of costs reserved
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth); Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth)

Legislation

Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Rules (No. 4) 2019
30/10/2019 – This instrument amends provisions in two Private Health Insurance Rules to omit or insert Medicare Benefit (MBS) item numbers as a consequence of changes to the MBS effective from 1 November 2019, correct the classification of an MBS item, omit redundant MBS items and refine the expression of time in a Rule.

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