Current Topics and Trends in Australian Healthcare:

Pharmacy Guild of Australia 2021 Community Pharmacy of The Year:
.Nominations are now open in the 2021 Community Pharmacy of the Year.
Australian Patients Association Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Mason, urged all Australians to participate in the Pharmacy of the Year Award and nominate their favourite community pharmacy. “Now is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the vital role that the community pharmacy plays by nominating your pharmacy now.” To nominate your Community Pharmacy click here.

Australia’s Food Environment Dashboard:
A new tool that brings together the best-available data to describe Australia’s food environments. For the first time, Australians  have a clear picture of the ways our environment drives us to consume too much of the wrong types of foods. To find out more about the tool click here.

Qld Government Launches ‘Inform My Care’:
Inform My Care provides a range of information about public and private facilities in Queensland. You can find information about hospitals and residential aged care facilities near you and compare the performance of facilities on a range of measures. To visit the website click here.

COVID-19 Temporary MBS Telehealth Services:
Commencing 13 March 2020 and extending until, 31 December 2021 temporary MBS telehealth items have been made available to help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and provide protection for patients and health care providers. To read more click here..

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy on the MBS:
From 1 November 2021, new items for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) therapy services will be added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for eligible patients with diagnosed medication-resistant major depressive disorder. The four new items will make MBS subsidised rTMS therapy available for patients over the age of 18 years who have tried at least two classes of antidepressants and remain unwell, and have not received rTMS therapy previously. To read more click here.

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