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Health Alert 14 February 2011 - Part 2
Last Updated: 14 February 2011
Article by Alison Choy Flannigan
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14 February 2011

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Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the prevalence of substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the use of services ... Published 8 February 2011.

Review of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set - The purpose of this Review of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) was to assess the collection as an information source for alcohol and ... Published 7 February 2011.

Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment - Analysis of care pathways provides information that is useful to both policy planners and service providers alike. The Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort study linked aged care assessment data ... Published 2 February 2011.

Australian health expenditure by remoteness: a comparison of remote, regional and city health expenditure - The report looks at selected health services for the financial years 2001-02, 2004-05 and 2006-07 and examines the way these services were delivered across Australia. This analysis was performed using ... Published 14 January 2011.

Calculating screening rates for bowel cancer: Methodologies for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the National healthcare Agreement performance indicators explained - Although similar concepts, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program participation monitoring indicator and the National Healthcare Agreement key performance indicator for bowel cancer screening (PI-12) are different measures. Consequently, they ... Published 22 December 2010.

Australia. Private Health Insurance Ombudsman

04 February 2011 - Quarterly Bulletin 57 - The bulletin for 1 October to 31 December 2010 is now online....READ MORE

Australian Capital Territory. Department of Health

Media releases

Official opening of the new ACT Health Village Creek Centre Katy Gallagher, MLA February 9 2011

Community views sought on mental health charter of rights Katy Gallagher, MLA February 8 2011

Minister marks World Cancer Day Katy Gallagher, MLA February 4 2011

ACT Health Minister welcomes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Katy Gallagher, MLA February 1 2011

10,000th client treated at Walk-in Centre Katy Gallagher, MLA February 1 2011

97.3% of Graduate Nurses to stay with ACT Health Katy Gallagher, MLA January 19 2011

ACT organ donations highest in country Katy Gallagher, MLA January 18 2011

ACT students continue healthy trends Katy Gallagher, MLA January 18 2011

New UC occupational therapy degree builds ACT Health local workforce Katy Gallagher, MLA January 18 2011

ACT Bone Bank joins DonateLife network Katy Gallagher, MLA January 4 2011

Avoid heat-stress this summer Katy Gallagher, MLA January 1 2011

Maintain health goals with Get Healthy Service Katy Gallagher, MLA January 1 2011

Remember the dangers of sunburn Katy Gallagher, MLA December 31 2010

Changes to law for specialist tobacconists Katy Gallagher, MLA December 31 2010

New health infrastructure on target Katy Gallagher, MLA December 30 2010

ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher MLA has released for public comment the draft ACT Charter of Rights for Mental Health Consumers as an important step towards publically recognising the rights of those affected by mental illness. The Charter is an important component of the Labor Party mental health platform being implemented during the term of this Legislative Assembly. Download: - Brief outline of the Charters development and consultation process (PDF File - 9k) - Draft ACT Charter of Rights for Mental Health Consumers (PDF File - 93k) - Questions to support the ACT Charter of Rights (PDF File - 37k)

Student alcohol and drug report (18 January 2011) - This ACT Secondary student alcohol and drug report examines the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

New South Wales. Department of Health

Media releases

New look website to help children live healthy and active lives [07 February 2011]

NSW Health Urges Caution During Hot Weather [31 January 2011]

Contract Awarded For Queen Victoria Memorial Home [31 January 2011]

SPANS school student survey released [12 January 2011]

First Baby Born in NSW in 2011 [01 January 2011]

Local Health Networks Up and Running [01 January 2011]

SPANS 2010 - NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey - Executive Summary

Policy directives & guidelines

Disclosure of Contract Information PD2011_011 07/02/2011

Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) Performance Review Arrangements PD2011_010 07/02/2011

Emergency Department - Notification of Specialist or VMO Regarding Patients Admitted through the ED GL2011_003 07/02/2011

Honorary Medical Officer (HMO) Model Contracts PD2011_009 02/02/2011

Dental Amalgam - Its Clinical Use and Disposal GL2011_002 02/02/2011

Kidney Donation - Living (including Directed and Non-Directed Donation) PD2011_007 25/01/2011

Research Governance in NSW Public Health Organisations GL2011_001 25/01/2011

Clinical Trials - Insurance and Indemnity PD2011_006 25/01/2011

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases PD2011_005 21/01/2011

NSW Health & Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee NSW Memorandum of Understanding PD2011_004 19/01/2011

Provision of Services to People with an Intellectual Disability & Mental Illness - MOU & Guidelines PD2011_001 18/01/2011

Electroconvulsive Therapy: ECT Minimum Standard of Practice in NSW PD2011_003 18/01/2011

Industrial Consultative Arrangements PD2011_002 18/01

Information bulletins

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Family Counselling Protocol - Obsolete Policy IB2011_006 07/02/2011

Leave Entitlements and Flexible Work Arrangements to Observe Religious Duties 2011 IB2011_005 04/02/2011

Oral Health Fee for Service Schedule of Fees IB2011_004 02/02/2011

National Health & Medical Research Council Research Staff Salary Rates 1 January 2011 IB2011_003 25/01/2011

Guidelines for Rural and Remote Incentives Scheme IB2011_002 24/01/2011

Ambulance Officers & Ambulance Managers - MOU Between the Dept of Health & Health Services Union IB2011_001 20/01/2011

Northern Territory. Department of Health & Families

Expressions of interest for Pharmacy Premises Committee membership

Local Hospital Networks: Summary of feedback from public forums and stakeholder meetings

Queensland. Department of Health

Media releases











Health Consumers Queensland's latest publication - Consumer engagement framework

Queensland Health Patient Safety: From Learning to Action IV (PDF, 2.3MB)

Discussion Paper - Strategic Plan 2011-2015 - have your say

Communicable diseases A to Z - access clinical guidelines, notification forms, data and easy to read fact sheets for all notifiable conditions in Queensland

South Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

09 Feb 11 - Statement from SA Health re Salmonella update

07 Feb 11 - Meningococcal case

04 Feb 11 - Custard filled bakery product recall

02 Feb 11 - Lunch box food safety

01 Feb 11 - Increase in mozzie infection cases across SA

28 Jan 11 - Stay cool and keep hydrated

18 Jan 11 - Increase in mozzies infection cases

07 Jan 11 - Mozzie warning for Riverland during floods

07 Jan 11 - Rotary Club donation to Murray Bridge Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

06 Jan 11 - X-Box and games donated to children's ward

State-wide Cancer Control Plan 2011-2015 - The SA State-wide Cancer Control Plan 2011–2015 was developed as a guide to providing coordinated cancer control and care in SA. The first plan, released in 2007, combined high-level aspirational targets with actions designed to prevent lifestyle-attributed cancers and improve the cancer journey for people diagnosed with cancer. This new plan is, again, a collaborative effort between Cancer Council SA and the SA Cancer Clinical Network.

Hand Hygiene Policy Directive

Guideline - Language Services Provision: Operational Guidelines For Health Units

Clinical Handover Guidelines

Clinical Handover Policy

South Australia. Health & Community Services Complaints Commissioner

HCSCC's 5th annual report 8 February 2011 - HCSCC's fifth annual report 2009-10 was provided to the Minister for Health on 12 November 2010. The Minister tabled the report in the SA Parliament on 8 February 2011. The full annual report and a Buzz summary of HCSCC's work in 2009-10 are now available. 2009 - 10 Buzz Annual Report Summary:   PDFRTF & 2009 - 10 Full Annual Report:   PDF

Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services

Media releases

New Tasmanian Pharmacy Authority Appointed Minister for Health 8 February 2011

Helping Tasmanian Cancer Patients Minister for Health 4 February 2011

Another step towards paperless patient records in the North West Minister for Health 15 January 2011

Great Start for Tiny Tasmanians Minister for Health 11 January 2011

More Pharmacists, Better Access Minister for Health 6 January 2011 Prescribing for Midwives Minister for Health

1 January 2011 Positive progress towards improved access to GPs on the West Coast Minister for Health

29 December 2010 Fewer Tobacco Retailers Selling to Children Minister for Health

24 December 2010 Nurses' Pay Deal Strengthens Patient Care Minister for Health

23 December 2010 Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart Minister for Health

Homelessness Consumer Engagement Strategy - Request for Quotation | 10 Jan 2011

Supported Tenancy Service for Parolees, Prisoners and Remandees | 04 Jan 2011

Disability Services Act - draft Bill released for consultation | 17 Dec 2010

Agenda for Children and Young People | 01 Feb 2011

Victoria. Department of Health

Media releases

Extension for hospital board applications  - Wednesday 9 February 2011 - Victorian Health Minister David Davis has extended the deadline for applications to part time board chair and director positions of public health services, Ambulance Victoria, and rural public hospitals.

Applications open for 2011 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research  - Thursday 3 February 2011  - Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu today opened the state wide call for applications for the 2011 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research.

Health Alerts

28 Jan 2011 Pertussis epidemic - Chief Health Officer Advisory for health professionals

27 Jan 2011 Measles health alert for GPs & Emergency Departments

19 Jan 2011 Advice to GPs in flood-affected areas - tetanus vaccine and treatment of infections

14 Jan 2011 Legionnaires' disease cluster associated with travellers to Bali

22 Dec 2010 Preparing Victorians for the mosquito season

Riskwatch Newsletter Current Issue - Retained instrument or other material following surgery associated with labour and delivery - Case 1 - Lessons in the emergency department from a Coroners case - Case 2 - Open disclosure e-learning package - The Victorian Health Incident Management (VHIMS) update - Quality use of medicines – oral cancer treatments alert - Risk Watch, Volume 9, Issue 1 (132kb, pdf)

Project seeks to protect fertility of cancer patients - 4 February 2011 - The Royal Women's Hospital, with Melbourne IVF, is leading a national trial to help protect the fertility of young women undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research - 4 February 2011 - Victoria plays a leading role in health and medical research in Australia.

Community feedback sought on mental health changes - 28 January 2011 - The Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge, has extended the deadline for public comment on the Exposure Draft of the Mental Health Bill.

Hospital circulars

Publication Number 02 / 2011 - 5 January 2010 - Subject: Tuberculosis Services

Publication Number 01 / 2011 - 5 January 2010 - Subject: Highly Specialised Drugs Program

Interim infection control advice on Clostridium difficile infection for hospitals December 2010

Victoria. Office of the Health Services Commissioner

Health Services Review Council Appointments - February 2011

Western Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

8 February 2011 - Release of Perinatal and Infant Mortality Committee Report

3 February 2011 - Updated disease warning for Bali travellers

2 February 2011 - Individual care plans available for all cancer patients

1 February 2011 - New asthma card put into action

31 January 2011 - Ian Smith appointed chief of WA Country Health Service

31 January 2011 - New tobacco campaign can save lives

27 January 2011 - Keep cool this summer

20 January 2011 - Baby boom for WA

17 January 2011 - Assistant in Nursing Traineeship applications now extended

10 February 2011Barnett, Morton Premier turns soil to start work on $11million autism facility

09 February 2011Hames, Waldron New research points to better health for Kimberley residents

08 February 2011Hames CT scanner installed at Narrogin Hospital

04 February 2011Grylls Land transfer allows expansion of Aboriginal health centre

03 February 2011Hames WA hospitals welcome influx of new nurses

27 January 2011Hames, Porter Shortlisted providers announced for $360million Midland Health Campus

The 13th Report of the Perinatal and Infant Mortality Committee of Western Australia for Deaths in the Triennium 2005–07 (PDF 2.28MB)

Public Report 2010 – Energy Efficiency Opportunities program (PDF 179KB)

Perinatal Infant Maternal Mortality Cohort in WA 2004-2008 combined (PDF 823KB)

New Zealand. Ministry of Health

11 Feb: Disability Support Services - Behaviour Support project information published - Background information and updates on the project to improve the delivery of Behaviour Support services.

7 January: Health Impact Assessment reports published - Reports on completed HIAs and HIA training in 2010 have been published.

23 December: Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2010 - This report details the actions taken throughout 2010 to progress the following priority areas that have been signalled to the sector: financial management and sustainability; clinical workforce and leadership; and ensuring quality.

23 December: Methodology Report for the 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey - The 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey (NZOHS) is the first nationwide survey of oral health in New Zealand in over 20 years.

22 December: Researching with Whānau Collectives - Researching with Whānau Collectives is a project which examines research methods that could be used to gather information from whānau collectively, rather than relying on the aggregation of individual data or on individual whānau informants.

21 December: Cancer patient survival covering the period 1994 to 2007 - This publication supersedes the Cancer patient survival covering the period 1994 to 2003 publication released by the Ministry of Health in 2006.

20 December: Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2008 - This annual statistical publication presents and summarises suicide information received from the New Zealand Mortality Collection, and admissions to hospital for intentional self-harm sourced from the New Zealand National Minimum Dataset.

20 December: Health Expenditure Trends in New Zealand 1998-2008 - This report is the latest in a regular series prepared by the Ministry of Health.  The primary purpose of the series is to provide information on expenditure in the New Zealand health and disability sector. This document focuses on the 2007/08 expenditure

Canada. Health Canada

Minister Aglukkaq marks National Non-Smoking Week with a focus on smoking prevention for youth [2011-01-20]

Harper Government Takes Action to Reduce Children's Exposure to Phthalates [2011-01-18]

Government of Canada Takes Further Action to Protect Canadians under the Chemicals Management Plan [2011-01-10]

United States. Department of Health & Human Services

ONC to provide additional funding to accelerate critical access and rural hospitals' switch to electronic health records - Dr. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, national coordinator for health information technology in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced an additional $12 million in new technical support assistance to help critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals adopt and become meaningful users of certified health information technology. Today's funding announcement will come through ONC's Regional Extension Center (REC) program to provide a wide range of support services to the 1,777 critical access and rural hospitals in 41 states and the nationwide Indian Country, headquartered in the District of Columbia, to help them qualify for substantial EHR incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid. This funding is in addition to the $20 million provided to RECs in September 2010 to provide technical assistance to the CAHs and Rural Hospitals.

Australian Medical Association

Long-term commitment needed to close the gap 9 February 2011 - 4:00pm - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, today agreed with the Government that a long-term commitment is needed to eliminate the health and mortality gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Dr Pesce said that the AMA also agreed with the Prime Minister that achieving improvements in the lives of Indigenous Australians is not just the responsibility of governments.

GP Super Clinics – another example of failing to consult with the medical profession 9 February 2011 - 3:00pm - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that the admission by the Government that it established GP Super Clinics in certain locations before assessing the medical service needs of the areas is another example of making big health policy decisions without proper consultation with the medical profession and local communities. Read more

Ban junk food advertising to young people 9 February 2011 - 2:00pm - The AMA today called on the Government to ban junk food advertising to young people. AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said that a survey released today confirms that advertising has a direct impact on the foods and drinks that older children and adolescents choose to consume. Read more

The ABCD2 score, if used alone, is a poor predictor for stroke after a transient ischaemic attack 6 February 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release - A widely used method for predicting stroke in patients following a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) has limited predictive value, according to a study published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. According to the researchers, TIA carries a high risk of subsequent stroke, and it is desirable to identify TIA patients at high risk of stroke. The ABCD2 score (Age, Blood pressure, Clinical features, Duration and Diabetes), which was developed for this purpose, has poor predictive value for early stroke after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) in patients presenting to Australian tertiary hospitals if used alone. Read more

Aboriginal Australians are more likely to have vitamin D insufficiency 6 February 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release - Aboriginal Australians are more likely to have low vitamin D levels than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a study published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. Dr Simon Vanlint, Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, and co-authors, investigated the vitamin D status of a population of Aboriginal Australians in South Australia, and examined the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) levels and biochemical variables of calcium and bone mineral homeostasis, as well as other factors that may influence vitamin D synthesis, storage and metabolism. Read more

Australian medical schools need to improve conflict-of-interest policies 6 February 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Australian medical schools need to improve their conflict-of-interest policies to ensure quality medical student education, medical research and patient care, according to a study in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. Dr Paul Mason, Intern at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and co-author Prof Martin Tattersall, Professor of Cancer Medicine from the Central Clinical School at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, examined the adequacy of policies at Australian medical schools for managing and declaring potential conflicts-of-interest with the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Iodine deficiency in Aboriginal teenagers may be causing ill health and disability 6 February 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Iodine deficiency may be a significant contributor to ill health and disability among the Northern Territory Indigenous population, according to a study in the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr Dorothy Mackerras, Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, and co-authors, determined the iodine status of participants in the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study who resided in the Darwin Health Region in the Northern Territory before the introduction of mandatory iodine fortification of bread in October 2009. Read more

AMA submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry 4 February 2011 - 10:00am - In its submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into registration processes and support for Overseas Trained Doctors, the AMA calls for removal of the 10 year International Medical Graduates (IMG) moratorium and greater support for IMGs trying to achieve specialist registration through access to other GP training, courses. Read more

AMA warns women not to get complacent about cervical screening 4 February 2011 - 8:10am - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today – World Cancer Day – that there is an emerging risk of women becoming complacent about cervical cancer screening, particularly women who have been vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). "A study published last month in Women's Health Issues showed that many young women believe that they do not need to continue having Pap smears if they have the HPV vaccine," Dr Pesce said. "Even though vaccination protects women against the type of HPV that causes about 70 per cent of all cervical cancers, it is vital for women who have been vaccinated to continue regular cervical screening to ensure that any cervical abnormalities which might develop into cancer are detected early whilst still easily treatable." Read more

AMA urges governments to adopt food labelling recommendations 28 January 2011 - 3:00pm - The AMA today urged all Australian governments to act quickly and adopt the key recommendations of the Labelling Logic report. The Labelling Logic report was prepared by the Independent Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy, which was chaired by Dr Neal Blewett. AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said that Australia is facing a growing epidemic of chronic disease and obesity. "It is important that food products are all appropriately labelled so that Australian families have all the relevant information they need to make healthy choices about what they eat," Dr Pesce said. Read more

Lead Clinician Groups discussion paper an insult to clinicians 28 January 2011 - 2:00pm  AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that the Government's proposed Lead Clinician Groups are doomed to fail if arrangements set out in a recently-circulated discussion paper are to proceed. Dr Pesce said the fact that the discussion paper - Lead Clinicians Groups: enhancing clinical engagement in Australia's health system - was circulated to stakeholder groups after business hours on the eve of Australia Day suggests there is some nervousness within the Government and the bureaucracy about the proposed arrangements. Read more

AMA Submission on Connecting Health Services with the Future: Modernising Medicare by Providing Rebates for Online Consultations 28 January 2011 - 1:15pm - The AMA submission on Medicare funding for online consultations calls for funding not to be limited to video consultations only, but include telephone calls, emails and other non-video online consultations that are necessary for providing care to patients who are remote to the specialist caring for them. The submission also says that the MBS items should be drafted broadly to enable treating doctors to use their clinical judgment to determine when an online consultation is clinically relevant for their patient and the clinically appropriate technology to use to provide the service. Read more

GP Network News, Issue 11, Number 4 - 4 February 2011 4 February 2011 - 12:00pm - AMA Council of General Practice Executive Policy Day; AMA Council of General Practice meeting; Health Practitioner Registration; International Medical Graduates; World Cancer Day – Cervical Screening; Celebrate the benefits of AMA Membership; Find the best I.T. deal and then beat it by up to 20% with PowerBuy. Read more

Too little focus on medical care for the elderly in Productivity Commission's Aged Care draft report 27 January 2011 - 1:00pm - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, today called on the Government to place a higher priority on medical care for the elderly in its response to the recommendations in the Productivity Commission's draft report, Caring for Older Australians, and its final report in June. Dr Pesce said that although the Commission made occasional reference to medical care needs and the AMA's submission in its 500-plus page draft report, ongoing access to medical care was given low priority and little urgency in the recommendations to Government. Read more

AMA's Indigenous Health Trailblazer appointed OAM 26 January 2011 - 4:15pm  - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, today paid tribute to his friend and colleague, Dr Paul Bauert, who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Dr Bauert is the current President of the AMA Northern Territory, a member of the Federal AMA Executive, Chair of the Federal AMA's Public Health and Youth Health Committee, co-Chair of the Federal AMA Rural Medical Committee, and a member of the AMA's Taskforce on Indigenous Health. Dr Bauert is Director of Paediatrics at Royal Darwin Hospital and has worked in Darwin and visited Aboriginal communities for more than 25 years providing specialised health care and advice and leadership. Dr Pesce said that Dr Bauert has worked tirelessly to improve Indigenous health throughout his professional career and made it his personal mission to ensure that the AMA at the Territory and Federal level constantly champions the cause of improving the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Read more

Pharmaceutical, tobacco companies use trade deal to threaten public health legislation 16 January 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release - US-based multinational pharmaceutical companies are lobbying for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) provisions similar to those in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, which would reduce cost-effective government regulatory control of pharmaceuticals, threatening equitable access to medicines, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia. Read more

Mandatory folic acid fortification has reduced the prevalence of folate deficiency in Australians 16 January 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release - The prevalence of folate deficiency in Australians has significantly reduced since the introduction of mandatory fortification with folic acid of wheat flour used in bread making, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Read more

Australia would benefit from academic health science centres 16 January 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release - Despite strong advocacy for academic health science centres (AHSCs) to be introduced in Australia, they have been ignored, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia. An AHSC is a partnership between a tertiary health care provider and a university. Together they drive a care continuum from innovation, to bedside, to the community, aiming to deliver the latest advances and highest standards to patients.

British Medical Association

Health Committee inquiry into revalidation takes on board BMA concerns  - The BMA is pleased that the Health Committee's inquiry into the General Medical Council's (GMC) proposed revalidation processes, published today (Tuesday 8 February 2011), has taken on some of the BMA concerns. (Tue 8 February 2011)

Public health reorganisation could cause 'lasting damage' - Head of faculty warns peers of consequences of staff exodus.

Juniors fear blighted careers - Doctors leaders criticise proposed training reforms as risky and ill-conceived.

Speak no evil? - Do aid organisations have a responsibility to speak out when they witness human rights abuses?

American Medical Association

AMA and 100 Other Organizations Voice Support for HEALTH Act - AMA Press Release, January. 25, 2011 - The AMA and 100 medical and physician organizations sent a letter to the sponsors of H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011. Read More

Canadian Medical Association

02/10/2011 - Shortages of generic drugs plaguing MDs, patients: CMA survey

02/07/2011 - New insurance forms expected to ease MD paper burden

02/03/2011 - CMA updates patient privacy guide to meet new IT challenges

02/01/2011 - Toronto MD honoured for e-care work

01/24/2011 - After heavy online response, CMA's transformation message hits the road

01/20/2011 - Bigger is better, CMA says of new tobacco warnings

01/17/2011 - First PAs trained at Canadian universities enter workforce

01/12/2011 - CMA's "crown jewel" turns 100

01/04/2011 - Health literacy targeted in new CME course

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    From time to time Mondaq may send you emails promoting Mondaq services including new services. You may opt out of receiving such emails by clicking below.

    *** If you do not wish to receive any future announcements of services offered by Mondaq you may opt out by clicking here .


    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

    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

    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

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

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