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Health Alert 14 February 2011 - Part 1
Last Updated: 14 February 2011
Article by Alison Choy Flannigan

14 February 2011

Welcome to this year's first edition of Health Alert.  The Health Alert is transmitted on Monday of each week (unless there is a public holiday on Monday).

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Judgments

Australia. Family Court of Australia

Re: O (Special medical procedure) [2010] FamCA 1153 (2 December 2010)

The parents of a 16 year old boy, "O", applied to the Family Court of Australia to be authorised to consent to extraction of O's sperm by electro-ejaculation and procedures aimed at enabling O to pursue life as a female. In particular they sought that O be treated with Zoladex, aimed at suppressing male pubescent development, and oestrogen, so that O could develop secondary female characteristics.

The application was successful: the court authorised the parents to consent to the procedures.

The Court underlined that in deciding a parenting order, the best interests of the child are the paramount consideration. It was agreed that the proposed hormone treatments were "special medical procedures" that fall beyond parental responsibility and require a Court determination.

The court considered evidence from various health professionals, which consistently diagnosed O as having a Gender Identity Disorder. O had persistent cross-gender identification and felt a consistent disgust with his sex, which in turn led to clinically significant distress and depression. O had also shown distress at the prospect of extracting sperm via masturbation.

O had had an earlier diagnosis of mild Asperger's Syndrome. However, on the facts this was held not to affect O's ability to think through the issues and give informed consent.

The Court was also bound to consider any likely long term physical, social and psychological effects if the procedure was or was not carried out. It held that O's mental health was at a significant risk without the proposed treatments being administered.

New South Wales. Administrative Decisions Tribunal

SW v Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service [2011] NSWADT 19

PRIVACY - health privacy principle - disclosure

This New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal decision concerned a former hospital patient who asserted a breach of privacy by hospital staff. The former patient argued that the hospital had breached the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 through the actions of a hospital medico-legal clerk who released to police a one page letter from the patient requesting return of medical documents.

The former patient had rung the clerk several times to follow up his request, and had become aggressive, threatening the clerk. Police arrived at the hospital, and had sat in on one such phone conversation. The clerk had given the document to police upon request.

The Tribunal found that the hospital did not breach a health information principle. In particular, the clerk's conduct came within the exemption of the Act concerning law enforcement. The Tribunal held that such disclosure had a secondary purpose of being reasonably necessary for the exercise of law enforcement functions by law enforcement agencies in circumstances where there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence may be committed.

Australia. Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Lawrence and Minister for Health and Ageing [2011] AATA 75 (10 February 2011)

Therapeutic Goods Administration – power for review under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1992 – interests affected – notice in writing – custom-made medical device – therapeutic devices – medical devices – criminal sanctions – initial decision – reviewable decision – registration

Australia. Federal Court of Australia

Wong v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2011] FCA 52 (7 February 2011)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – whether pharmacist whose economic interest would be affected by the recommendation of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority that another pharmacist be approved to supply pharmaceutical benefits, is entitled to be accorded procedural fairness in relation to the decision to make the recommendation - whether the Authority failed to take into account a relevant consideration – whether the decision of the Authority to make the recommendation was unreasonable.

Australia. Federal Magistrates Court

Yanders & Jacklin [2011] FMCAfam 57 (24 January 2011)

FAMILY LAW – Same sex relationship, child born during the relationship – conceived naturally – meaning of artificial insemination – whether child is a child of non-biological partner – if not, whether person is concerned with care welfare and development of child – the application of the considerations in s.60CC when not a parent of the child – the issue of parental responsibility when not a parent of the child – mental health issues and impact on spend time with arrangements – need for graduated, whether counselling or ongoing involvement of Independent Children's Lawyer beneficial.

Australia. Family Court of Australia

Re: O (Special medical procedure) [2010] FamCA 1153 (2 December 2010)

FAMILY LAW - CHILDREN – Special medical procedures – Gender Identity Disorder

Victoria

Psychology Board of Australia v Mair [2010] VSC 628 (13 December 2010)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – Leave sought to appeal VCAT decision – Appeal limited to questions of law - Reluctance to overturn a decision of an expert tribunal on questions of fact – Requirement for a vitiating error of law - If statutory words are used in their ordinary and natural meaning no question of construction arises – The meaning is a question of fact - Unchallenged finding conduct unprofessional conduct of a serious nature – Open to conclude not infamous conduct as a matter of fact – Discretion as to period of suspension not shown to have miscarried - Leave refused – Grounds of appeal must fail - S v Crimes Compensation Tribunal [1998] 1 VR 83 - Psychologists Registration Act 2000 ss 3, 48 - Health Professions Registration Act 2005 ss 163, 169.

New Zealand. Health & Disability Commissioner

Decision 09HDC01311 regarding Independent Midwife, Mrs B (7 December 2010)

Care and documentation relating to a woman with symptoms of pre-eclampsia.

Legislation

Commonwealth

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2010 Measures No. 1) Act 2010  - C2010A00141 " Act 141 of 2010 as made " 20/12/2010

Health Insurance Amendment (Pathology Requests) Act 2010  - C2010A00138 " Act 138 of 2010 as made " 14/12/2010

National Health Act 1953 - Amendment determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) - conditions (No. PB 8 of 2011)  - F2011L00164 " PB 8 of 2011 as made

National Health (Listing of Pharmaceutical Benefits) Amendment Instrument 2011 (No. 2) (No. PB 1 of 2011)  - F2011L00161 " PB 1 of 2011 as made

National Health (Price and Special Patient Contribution) Amendment Determination 2011 (No. 1) (PB No. 6 of 2011)  - F2011L00165 " PB 6 of 2011 as made

National Health Act 1953 - Amendment Rules under subsection 99AAA(8) 2011 (No. 1) (No. PB 13 of 2011)  F2011L00162 " PB 13 of 2011 as made

National Health (Highly specialised drugs program for hospitals) Special Arrangements Amendment Instrument 2011 (No. 1) (No. PB 2 of 2011)  F2011L00168 " PB 2 of 2011 as made

National Health (Listed drugs on F1 or F2) Amendment Determination 2011 (No. 2) (No. PB 19 of 2011)  - F2011L00172 " PB 19 of 2011 as made

National Health Act 1953 - Amendment to arrangements made under subparagraph 100(1)(b)(i) - IVF/GIFT Program (No. PB 12 of 2011)  - F2011L00171 " PB 12 of 2011 as made

National Health (Trastuzumab) Special Arrangement Amendment Instrument 2011 (No. 1) (No. PB 4 of 2011)  - F2011L00170 " PB 4 of 2011 as made

National Health (Chemotherapy Pharmaceuticals Access Program) Special Arrangement Amendment Instrument 2011 (No. 1) (No. PB 3 of 2011)  F2011L00169 " PB 3 of 2011 as made

Private Health Insurance (Prostheses) Rules 2011 (No. 1)  - F2011L00176 "

Queensland

Health (Drugs and Poisons) Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2011 No. 4 - commence 28 January 2011

Reports

Australia. Department of Health & Ageing

Media releases

11 February 2011- Training Boost for Indigenous Aged Care Workers-Indigenous people living in rural and remote areas will receive aged care training in their own communities under an Australian Government plan to bring employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

10 February 2011- Funding the beginning of 130 research careers -One hundred and thirty university graduates will benefit from $10.2 million of Australian Government scholarships. The scholarships have been provided to graduates in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health and other areas support their Masters and PhD studies - the foundations of a career in research.

10 February 2011- National Palliative Care Strategy Released-The release of the updated National Palliative Care Strategy will help ensure a nationally consistent and coordinated approach to the delivery of palliative care services across Australia.

10 February 2011- Realising real health benefits from research-Eighteen teams of researchers will be given the opportunity to develop their discoveries into products to improve human health thanks to $7.4 million of Australian Government support, provided as National Health and Medical Research Council Development Grants.

09 February 2011- 10 of the Best Medical Research Projects-The successes of the Australian Government's $700 million annual investment in health and medical research has been showcased in a new publication, 10 of the Best Research Projects 2010, launched on 9 February.

04 February 2011- Increased Safeguards for Radiotherapy Treatment -Australian cancer patients and others requiring radiotherapy will have increased safeguards to their treatment with the launch of the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service.

04 February 2011- Sunshine Coast GP Super Clinic a Step Closer-Residents and health professionals on the Sunshine Coast are invited to share ideas on 4 February about the best options for their local GP Super Clinic.

03 February 2011- Gold Coast Community Called on for Input on GP Super Clinic-Gold Coast residents and health professionals are invited to share ideas tonight about the best options for the GP Super Clinic on the Gold Coast.

02 February 2011- Construction Underway for New Dementia Day Care Centre-People with dementia and their families will soon have access to a new Dementia Day Centre in Camden.

02 February 2011- Extra $16.1 Million for Home and Community Care in NSW-An additional $16.1 million has been provided for Home and Community Care (HACC) services across NSW.

02 February 2011- New Independent Committee to Assure Research Integrity-Australian taxpayers can be confident the research activities they fund meet the highest ethical and moral standards thanks to the establishment of the Australian Government's Australian Research Integrity Committee.

02 February 2011- Surgery Success Heralds Implementation of Kidney Exchange Program-Successful surgery for three kidney recipients late last year has heralded the welcome implementation of the new Australian Paired Kidney Exchange (AKX) program.

01 February 2011- New PBS Listings Help Fight Life Threatening Illnesses-The Australian Government has announced a boost to the fight against life-threatening conditions with the listing of new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

31 January 2011- Community Input Sought for West Pilbara GP Super Clinic-Local residents and health professionals from the West Pilbara are invited to share ideas about the best options for the GP Super Clinic in Karratha.

31 January 2011- 85 Aboriginal Health Organisations Receive Support-The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would have access to best-practice health care, with the Australian Government announcing $5.6 million to help Aboriginal Health Organisations achieve accreditation under Australian quality standards.

30 January 2011- Cigarettes bring cancer closer: Largest-ever National Tobacco Campaign kicks off-A new hard-hitting advertising campaign that graphically links smoking with lung cancer hit the airwaves and TV screens today as the Australian Government continues its world-leading action to combat tobacco use.

30 January 2011- Watch the wheeze during back-to-school period-Parents of children with asthma should prepare back to school asthma action plans ahead of the anticipated spike in asthma cases at the start of the school term.

29 January 2011- Applications sought for new $15m ACT GP Super Clinic-The Australian Government has issued an Invitation to Apply for parties to establish the proposed $15 million ACT GP Super Clinic.

28 January 2011- Community input sought for new GP Super Clinics-Thirteen communities across the country are being invited to share ideas about the best options for GP Super Clinics in their local areas.

28 January 2011- Release of Final Report of Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy-Recommendations to improve food labelling law and policy in Australia and New Zealand are contained in the report of an independent panel released on 28 January.

27 January 2011- Directory of Services a Good Guide for Older Australians-A concise and user-friendly information directory that outlines the many Government services available for older people and their families has been launched.

27 January 2011- Grafton GP Super Clinic Moves Closer-The Grafton region is a step closer to getting a GP Super Clinic with the announcement that National Build Plan Group has won the contract to construct the new facility.

26 January 2011- Mental Health Minister Congratulates 2011 Local Hero of the Year-Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler congratulates suicide prevention advocate Donald Ritchie OAM for winning the Australia Day Local Hero of the Year award for 2011.

26 January 2011- Minister for Ageing Congratulates 2011 Senior Australian of the Year-Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler congratulates equal rights campaigner Professor Ron McCallum AO who received this year's Senior Australian of the Year award.

25 January 2011- Outgoing Senior Australian of the Year Recognised-The contribution of culinary icon and outgoing Senior Australian of the Year Maggie Beer has been recognised by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.

24 January 2011- Reduce your risk during Healthy Weight Week -Reduce your risk of chronic disease by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle is the key message coming out of Healthy Weight Week.

21 January 2011- Productivity Commission Draft Report on Aged Care-Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission's draft report 'Caring for Older Australians' which will provide the Australian Government with key advice on the direction of aged care.

20 January 2011- Changes to the PBS will help flood victims across Australia-The Acting Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has announced the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing of an important antibiotic will be extended, to increase the treatment options for people with skin infections caused by contact with contaminated flood water.

19 January 2011- Legionnaires' disease alert to travellers from Bali-Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, has issued an alert to travellers in Bali or who have recently returned, who experience 'flu-like' symptoms such as fever and cough to consult their GPs or hospital emergency departments.

18 January 2011- Latest National Teen Drug Usage Statistics Released -The National Drug Strategy Monograph: Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2008, has been released by the Acting Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.

18 January 2011- Tribute to Australian Organ Donors-A record number of 309 deceased Australians donated their organs and tissue for transplant during 2010, drawing praise and gratitude from the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King.

14 January 2011- Minister Raises Dementia Awareness-Minister Raises Dementia Awareness

14 January 2011- States Pull Together to Help out Queensland-Additional state and territory and local government environmental health officers, mental health officers and health department officials will be sent to Queensland to assist the flood recovery effort following a meeting on 14 January of the Australian Health Protection Committee.

13 January 2011- Aged Care Information Line Takes One Millionth Call-Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler congratulated the staff of the Aged Care Information Line in recognition of the free service receiving its one millionth call.

13 January 2011- Ageing Support for Flood Affected Australians-Older Australians and aged care staff affected by unprecedented flooding in Queensland will be supported by the Labor Government under measures taken to ensure the safety and well being of people in residential and community care in flood affected areas.

13 January 2011- Health Assistance for Flood Affected Australians-Health Assistance for Flood Affected Australians.The Acting Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has announced special short term emergency health arrangements for flood-affected areas, including the activation of the Health National Incident Room and special pharmacy arrangements.

13 January 2011- Mental Health Support for Flood Affected Australians-Australians experiencing mental ill health resulting from unprecedented flooding in Queensland will be able to access support through special measures announced by Acting Minister for Health and Ageing Mark Butler on 13 January.

07 January 2011- Momentum Building around E-Health-Personally controlled electronic health records are a step closer with the closing of applications for the second round of lead implementation sites.

06 January 2011- Medicine Reforms Benefit Tasmanian Hospital Patients-Tasmanians prescribed lengthy courses of medicines at public hospitals will now be able to receive up to a month's supply without the need for a separate trip to a GP.

05 January 2011- New Year's Resolutions get a Helping Hand-New Year's resolutions to get active, eat well and quit smoking will be promoted throughout the year and beyond by the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, which was formally established on 1 January 2011.

01 January 2011- Patients Benefit From New Medicines on the PBS -Australians suffering from a rare blood disorder will have access to a new life saving drug Soliris® through the Life Saving Drugs Program from 1 January under several changes to the PBS.

30 December 2010- $113m Mental Health Boost to Start 1 January-Hundreds of thousands of Australians with mental health problems will benefit from a $113.2 million boost in treatment and services from 1 January 2011

29 December 2010- New Directions for Improving Women's Health-Ensuring women have access to the right health care at the right time is a key objective of the Government's National Women's Health Policy 2010 released on 29 December.

23 December 2010- Mental Health Expert Advisory Group Established-A new expert advisory group on mental health will provide the Federal Government with advice on the important reforms needed in the mental health sector.

23 December 2010- Significant Step in Health Reform-Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon has announced that an important milestone in health reform had been achieved with six states and territories reaching agreement with the Commonwealth on the boundaries for Local Hospital Networks and Medicare Locals.

23 December 2010- Spare Some Time for Aged Neighbours this Festive Season-Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has encouraged Australians to spare a thought for their elderly relatives and neighbours during the festive season.

22 December 2010- Cloning Legislative Review Committee Established-An independent committee has been established by the Australian Government to review cloning legislation.

20 December 2010- Boost to Australians fighting cancer-Cancer treatment and prevention continues to get top priority from the Australian Government, following two announcements totalling $22.6 million for high-priority cancer research projects and to extend clinical trials.

20 December 2010- Community consultation under way for Canberra's $15m GP Super Clinic-Local residents and health professionals have teamed up today to share ideas about the best options for a GP Super Clinic in the nation's capital.

20 December 2010- New CEO to continue Organ and Tissue Donation Reforms-Ms Yael Cass is to head up the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority from 5 February 2011.

20 December 2010- New Deputy Chair Appointed to Key Mental Health Advisory Group-South Australia's Social Inclusion Commissioner, Monsignor David Cappo, has been appointed deputy chairman of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health - a key strategic group providing specialist policy advice on mental health to the Australian Government.

17 December 2010- Tender Call Marks New Stage in e-health Development-The Australian Government's personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system took a further step forward today with the call for an organisation to evaluate the benefits and capabilities of the new system.

Private Health Insurance Circulars

PHI 11/11 - February 2011 Prostheses List

PHI 10/11 - Hospital Information

PHI 09/11 - Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 1) and Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 1)

PHI 08/11 - Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2010 (No.9) and 2011 (No.1) – New Hospitals added to the list of facilities eligible for Second Tier Default Benefits

PHI 07/11 - Hospital Information

PHI 06/11- Private Health Insurer Code Changes

PHI 05/11 - Ex gratia payments for people affected by floods

PHI 04/11 – Hospital Information

PHI 03/11 - Private Health Insurance Premium Round - Outline of Premium Approval Process

PHI 02/11 – Hospital Information

PHI 01/11 – Hospital Information

Have your say about the proposed Aged Care Complaints Management Framework - The Department of Health and Ageing would like to hear from aged care consumers, providers, professional bodies and other stakeholders about proposed reforms to the Aged Care Complaint Scheme's complaints management framework.  You are invited to make submissions by 22 March 2011. Find out more at the yourHealth website.

Comprehensive scoping study on the use of assistive technology by frail older people living in the community - This report is a systematic review of existing published and unpublished literature relating to assistive technology for frail older people in the community care context.

Australian Government Directory of Services for Older People 2011 - The Australian Government Directory of Services for Older People has been produced as a comprehensive guide to the wide range of services provided for older people by the Australian Government.

The 2008-09 Home and Community Care (HACC) Program Annual Report - This report presents consolidated information on the performance of the national HACC Program in 2008-09 across the states and territories, including against Key Performance Indicators. It also includes client case studies, funding information and a snapshot of HACC clients and services across the states and territories, and research projects undertaken in 2008-09.

Community Care Common Standards Guide - The Community Care Common Standards have been developed jointly by the Australian Government and State and Territory Governments as part of broader community care reforms to develop common arrangements that help to simplify and streamline the way community care is delivered.

National needle and syringe programs strategic framework 2010-2014 - This framework sets policy directions and identifies program goals to assist governments and administrators planning the future development of needle and syringe programs.

Implementation guidelines for non-government community services - Information to guide implementation of the national standards for mental health services by non-government community services.

Implementation guidelines for private office based mental health practices - Information to guide implementation of the national standards for mental health services by private office based mental health practices.

Implementation guidelines for public mental health services and private hospitals - Information to guide the implementation of the national standards for mental health services by public mental health services and private hospitals.

Australian Government Strong Fathers Strong Families Program – Questions and Answers Fact Sheet

Information Sheets - Quality Care for Older Australians - Information Sheets concerning Residential Aged Care, Veterans and War Widow(er)s, Home and Community Care and the GST. 1 January 2011

Aged Care Essentials Newsletter Edition 1, 2011

Protecting Aged Care Residents' Savings - Consultation Paper.

Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration

Prescription medicine BPR update newsletter - February 2011 (new)

Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for prescription medicines (updated) - Alteplase

Proposed amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 to implement the Biologicals Framework (added public submissions)

The Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS) for the regulation of biologicals (added public submissions)

TGA Internet site redevelopment: consultation on content and structure (updated)

Counterfeit medicines and devices (new)

Buying medicines and medical devices over the Internet (new)

Transparency review public meetings: Schedule and registration (new)

Medicines Safety Update No.1; 2011 (new)

Questions & answers relating to the additional default standards legislation (updated)

Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for prescription medicines (updated) - Rotigotine Vildagliptin/Metformin hydrochloride

Best practice guideline on prescription medicine labelling (updated)

Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for prescription medicines (updated) - Denosumab - Melatonin - Sapropterin dihydrochloride

Report of lymphoma associated with breast implants (new)

Performance evaluation and assessment of technical information of IVDs (new)

Prescription medicine BPR update newsletter - January 2011 (new)

Risk management plans for prescription medicines (updated document)

Consumer level recall: Mini Crosser-Cyclone DX mobility scooters (new)

Media release: Panel to Review the Transparency of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (new)

GMP clearance for prescription medicines (updated)

Streamlined submission process documents (new)

Common technical document (updated)

National Coordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods (updated membership details)

Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for prescription medicines (updated) - Filgrastim - Nitisinone

Consumer level recall: Otto Bock Discovery Wheelbase / Leckey Mygo seat combination (new)

Draft compositional guideline for Steviol glycosides (new)

Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (updated meeting dates)

Advisory committees on medicines and chemicals scheduling (updated meeting dates)

Factsheet: Revised scheduling arrangements from 1 July 2010 (updated)

Scheduling news (updated)

Transparency review of the TGA (updated Terms of Reference)

How do I determine whether my product is a 'therapeutic good'? (updated)

Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (updated meeting dates)

Optium blood glucose test strips (new)

Therapeutic Goods Committee (updated meeting dates)

Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for prescription medicines (updated) - Dutasteride - Dutasteride/Tamsulosin

Advisory committees on medicines and chemicals scheduling (updated)

Guidance for industry on electronic prescription medicine submission dossiers (new)

TGA prescription medicine streamlined submission process - questions and answers (updated)

Australia. Productivity Commission

Report on Government Services  was released by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision on 28 January 2011.

The Commission's draft inquiry report into Caring For Older Australians was released on 21 January 2011 for comment.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

08 February 2011 - Medication Safety Update February 2011

17 December 2010 - Report on the National Medication Reconciliation Seminar

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Cancer treatment found to be misleading - The Federal Court, Brisbane has found that Darryl Jones, principal of the Darryl Jones Health Res...Issued: 7th February 2011 Release # NR 026/11

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Production error impacts registration certificates

AHPRA reassures Queensland practitioners

Media release: Focus on outcomes and improvements

Update Victorian registration renewals

AHPRA reminds practitioners to renew if due!

Media Release: New AHPRA online service to check receipt of registration renewal

Difficulties Reaching AHPRA on 1300 Phone Number

Media release: AHPRA on track for 2011 student registration

Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council

10 of the Best Research Projects 2010 - 09 FEBRUARY 2011 - The successes of the Australian Government's $700 million annual investment in health and medical research has been showcased in a new publication launched today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler. The '10 of the Best Research Projects 2010' booklet profiles the work done by some of the country's leading researchers to improve health for all Australians. View Media Release - 10 of the Best Research Projects 2010

NHMRC proud to fund some of the world's best research - 03 FEBRUARY 2011 - NHMRC congratulates Australian universities for their strong performance in the first national review of Excellence in Research. Further Information

Assistance to Research and Practitioner Fellowship Applicants - 02 FEBRUARY 2011 - NHMRC acknowledges that the recent issue with RGMS has reduced access for applicants completing their NHMRC Research and Practitioner Fellowship applications. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and wish to advise of special arrangements that will take effect today. Further Information

Cyclone Yasi - notice to research community from CEO Warwick Anderson - 02 FEBRUARY 2011 - On behalf of the Council and staff of NHMRC, I offer best wishes and support to all researchers, staff and their families facing the impending threat of Cyclone Yasi. NHMRC acknowledges that the cyclone may represent further pressure for researchers, their team and families - who may already be affected by the flood crisis. Further Information

New Independent Committee to Assure Research Integrity - 01 FEBRUARY 2011 - Australian taxpayers can be confident the research activities they fund meet the highest ethical and moral standards thanks to the establishment of the Gillard Labor Government's Australian Research Integrity Committee. View Media Release

NHMRC congratulates Professor Don Bursill AM - 27 January 2011 - The NHMRC congratulates Professor Don Bursill AM being the 2011 South Australian Senior Australian of the Year. The NHMRC has enjoyed a long association with Professor Bursill through his research as an Australian Fellow, and his chairing of the NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee. Professor Bursill is an international leader and recognised expert in the field of water management and water quality. He has been at the forefront research and policy regarding potable water in Australia for the past 40 years.

Appointments to Australian Research Integrity Committee - 11 January 2011 - The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have today announced the members of the Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC), a new independent body to ensure transparency and accountability in research. The ARIC is being jointly established by the ARC and NHMRC. - View Media Release

Global sharing of research data - 10 January 2011 - CEO of the NHMRC, Professor Warwick Anderson, is delighted to announce the NHMRC's support of an international commitment to enhancing access to public health research data. Further information

Consultation on new Deed of Agreement - 4 January 2011 - Following consultation with NHMRC Administering Institutions and the Australian Government Solicitor, NHMRC has consolidated all Deeds of Agreement into one Funding Agreement. All new funding awards will now be subject to the terms and conditions of the Funding Agreement. The Funding Agreement has been developed to align with Commonwealth Grants Guidelines, which provide a policy and reporting framework for agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. Download: NHMRC Funding Agreement (PDF, 200KB)

Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council

11/04 17 January 11 Updated phiac1 validation now available on PHIAC website CURRENT EDITION 11/04

11/03 17 January 11 Fluctuation in Risk Equalisation - December quarter 2010 and March quarter 2011 CURRENT EDITION 11/03

11/02 06 January 11 Updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority CURRENT EDITION 11/02

11/01 06 January 11 - Capital Adequacy Standard – Market Yield Rate December 2010 - CURRENT EDITION 11/01

10/23 17 December 10 Disclosure Standard Education Video CURRENT EDITION 10/23

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The documents and related graphics published on this server could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. Mondaq Ltd and/or its respective suppliers may make improvements and/or changes in the product(s) and/or the program(s) described herein at any time.

Registration

Mondaq Ltd requires you to register and provide information that personally identifies you, including what sort of information you are interested in, for three primary purposes:

  • To allow you to personalize the Mondaq websites you are visiting.
  • To enable features such as password reminder, newsletter alerts, email a colleague, and linking from Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to your website.
  • To produce demographic feedback for our information providers who provide information free for your use.

Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) do not sell or provide your details to third parties other than information providers. The reason we provide our information providers with this information is so that they can measure the response their articles are receiving and provide you with information about their products and services.

If you do not want us to provide your name and email address you may opt out by clicking here .

If you do not wish to receive any future announcements of products and services offered by Mondaq by clicking here .

Information Collection and Use

We require site users to register with Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to view the free information on the site. We also collect information from our users at several different points on the websites: this is so that we can customise the sites according to individual usage, provide 'session-aware' functionality, and ensure that content is acquired and developed appropriately. This gives us an overall picture of our user profiles, which in turn shows to our Editorial Contributors the type of person they are reaching by posting articles on Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) – meaning more free content for registered users.

We are only able to provide the material on the Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) site free to site visitors because we can pass on information about the pages that users are viewing and the personal information users provide to us (e.g. email addresses) to reputable contributing firms such as law firms who author those pages. We do not sell or rent information to anyone else other than the authors of those pages, who may change from time to time. Should you wish us not to disclose your details to any of these parties, please tick the box above or tick the box marked "Opt out of Registration Information Disclosure" on the Your Profile page. We and our author organisations may only contact you via email or other means if you allow us to do so. Users can opt out of contact when they register on the site, or send an email to unsubscribe@mondaq.com with “no disclosure” in the subject heading

Mondaq News Alerts

In order to receive Mondaq News Alerts, users have to complete a separate registration form. This is a personalised service where users choose regions and topics of interest and we send it only to those users who have requested it. Users can stop receiving these Alerts by going to the Mondaq News Alerts page and deselecting all interest areas. In the same way users can amend their personal preferences to add or remove subject areas.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file written to a user’s hard drive that contains an identifying user number. The cookies do not contain any personal information about users. We use the cookie so users do not have to log in every time they use the service and the cookie will automatically expire if you do not visit the Mondaq website (or its affiliate sites) for 12 months. We also use the cookie to personalise a user's experience of the site (for example to show information specific to a user's region). As the Mondaq sites are fully personalised and cookies are essential to its core technology the site will function unpredictably with browsers that do not support cookies - or where cookies are disabled (in these circumstances we advise you to attempt to locate the information you require elsewhere on the web). However if you are concerned about the presence of a Mondaq cookie on your machine you can also choose to expire the cookie immediately (remove it) by selecting the 'Log Off' menu option as the last thing you do when you use the site.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies and we are not aware of any at present that do so.

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Mondaq (or its affiliate sites) are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of these third party sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose any information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address), and demographic information (such as postcode, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the functionality of the site.

Mail-A-Friend

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Mondaq stores this information and may contact the friend to invite them to register with Mondaq, but they will not be contacted more than once. The friend may contact Mondaq to request the removal of this information from our database.

Security

This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected using firewalls and other security technology. If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to webmaster@mondaq.com.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the “Your Profile” page or by sending an email to EditorialAdvisor@mondaq.com.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our Terms & Conditions or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How to contact Mondaq

You can contact us with comments or queries at enquiries@mondaq.com.

If for some reason you believe Mondaq Ltd. has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by e-mail at problems@mondaq.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to determine and correct the problem promptly.