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Current Topics and Trends in Australian Healthcare

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Health crisis worsens as Victorians wait for ambulances:
Since the COVID-19 pandemic patients are waiting longer for ambulances, dying, and being left untreated in Emergency Departments (ED’s) in Victoria..
The Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) data shows more than 2,000 critically sick and injured patients presented to an ED arriving by ambulance since a year ago.
Victorians are facing longer wait times for an ambulance than ever before, and sometimes they do not even turn up.APA Media Release Vaccine Rollout and Testing:
The Department of Health (DH) has released a list of public exposure sites in Victoria where premises have recently had confirmed infectious coronavirus cases.
Victorians are increasingly worried about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout with many facing long wait times and being turned away at bulk vaccination sites. To read the full press release click here.Position Statement on Stingr.ai:

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The mystery of ‘long COVID’: up to 1 in 3 people who catch the virus suffer for months. Here’s what we know so far:
Most people who get COVID suffer the common symptoms of fever, cough and breathing problems, and recover in a week or two.
But some people, estimated to be roughly 10-30% of people who get COVID, suffer persistent symptoms colloquially known as “long COVID”.
Why do some people recover quickly, while others’ symptoms continue for months? This question has proved to be one of the most challenging to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Article published in The Conversation 7th June 2021. To read the full article click here.

Health Issues Centre Board Vacancy:
HIC has become an influential, independent advocate for health reform across a broad range of contemporary issues. We operate by representing and amplifying the consumer voice as key stakeholders in health reform.
HIC seeks Directors who can provide its Executive team with wise, ethical and visionary Board leadership. For further information click here.

MBS Changes July 2021:
From July 2021 there have been a number of changes to the MBS. These changes include indexation of majority of Medicare services, Government’s response to recommendations from the clinician-led MBS Review Taskforce regarding general surgery, orthopaedic and cardiac services, and include other minor policy changes which were recommended by the clinician-led MBS Review Taskforce or the Medicare Benefits Schedule Committee. To read more click here.

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