Australia: Health Alert - 23 May 2011

Last Updated: 24 May 2011
Article by Andrew Forbes

23 May 2011

Welcome to this week's 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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Health Insurance Act 1973 - Declaration of Quality Assurance Activity under section 124X (QAA No. 1/2011)

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Australia. Department of Health & Ageing

Media releases

Aged care - 09 May 2011 - Consumer Directed Care Evaluation: Provider Information Sheet.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Students can now go online to apply early for registration and smooth the path from study to work.  - 16/05/2011 |  Read More

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

On the Radar - Issue 40

Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council

Update on Australian Dietary Guidelines 17 May 2011 - NHMRC is revising its 2003 Dietary Guidelines for Australians with advice from the experts on the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. NHMRC Council will consider the draft guidelines at its June 2011 meeting. More information about this project can be found in the full notice. - Read full notice

CEO Communiqué: Peer Review Update  17 May 2011 - Professor Warwick Anderson has issued a communiqué  requesting the health and medical research community to assist fellow researchers by providing external assessments for applications and updating current progress with peer review and developing Grant Review Panels. - Read full notice

Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration

19 May 2011 - Call for input: Review to improve transparency of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) - Added APVMA discussion on the TGA's Transparency Review

17 May 2011 - Uniform recall procedure for therapeutic goods (URPTG) - Updated recall co-coordinators' contact details

16 May 2011 - Recall of DePuy Orthopedics ASR hip replacement device - Australia was the first country in the world to take regulatory action to ensure the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacements from the market

16 May 2011 - TGA Offices - senior staffing - Senior staffing arrangements for TGA Offices, with effect from 16 May 2011

16 May 2011 - Guidance on the GMP clearance of overseas medicine manufacturers - The Australian Regulatory Guidelines GMP Clearance for Overseas Manufacturers (17th edition) will be phased in over the next 3 months

13 May 2011 - Complementary medicines: the regulatory framework - How complementary medicines are regulated in Australia

Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council

Statistical Release - 16 May 2011

New South Wales. Department of Health

Media releases

Queensland. Department of Health

New Hospital Performance website

The Emergency Departments Patient Experience Survey

QH Healthcare Improvement Symposium and Awards Registration & Abstracts now open

Media releases

South Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

  • SA wins $3.5m grant for cancer research facility - Thursday, 19 May 2011  - Health Minister John Hill has congratulated the Centre for Cancer Biology of SA Pathology and the University of Adelaide for winning a nationwide bid for a new cancer research facility in Adelaide. Read more...
  • New safe drinking water act - Thursday, 19 May 2011 - State Parliament has passed the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011. - Read more...
  • OPAL program measures up - Saturday, 14 May 2011 - Health Minister John Hill has outlined the rigorous evaluation process that will be used to measure the effectiveness of South Australia's innovative program, Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL). - Read more...

Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services

Media releases

Victoria. Department of Health

Hepatitis C increase in HIV positive men - May 2011

Celebrating Victoria's selfless public healthcare volunteers - 16 May 2011 - Volunteers from hospitals, community health centres and primary care organisations across Victoria were honoured at the 2011 Minister for Health Volunteers Awards earlier this month.

Brain research gain as new centre opens - 13 May 2011 - Austin Health welcomed 150 neuroscientists, neurologists and support staff to its Heidelberg campus when the Melbourne Brain Centre opened one of two new buildings.

Media releases

Western Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

United Kingdom. Department of Health

Self-review tool for quality criteria for young people friendly health services (2011 edition)

'You're Welcome': Quality criteria for young people friendly health services

The eatwell plate resources

CDO Update, May 2011

FOI releases to requests made from 1 April to 30 June 2010

Allied Health Professions Service Improvement Project

Statement of Government policy on adult safeguarding

United States of America. Department of Health & Human Services

Statement from Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Regarding National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011 - May 19, 2011, marks the 7th annual observance of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The theme this year speaks to us all: "Saving face can't make you safe. Talk about HIV - for me, for you, for everyone."

HHS Unveils New Interactive Video to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections - At any given time, one in 20 patients in the U.S. has a hospital-acquired infection. In addition, expenditures to address the consequences of these infections cost the health care system billions of dollars each year and lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives.

Australian Medical Association

AMA Indigenous scholarship winner has his heart set on tackling chronic disease 17 May 2011 - 3:30pm - A young Aboriginal man who wants to help reduce the high rates of chronic disease in Indigenous communities has won the AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship for 2011. Murray Haar was awarded the scholarship in Sydney today by AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce.

Time to eliminate infectious syphilis in remote Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Eliminating infectious syphilis from remote Indigenous communities is now a viable option, according to research in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. "Achieving this would remove another disparity in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians," said James Ward, a senior lecturer at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, and co-authors.

Winners of Indigenous health essay and art awards announced 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: A Canberra-based Indigenous researcher's moving story of her son's battle with mental illness and a Kalgoorlie-based Indigenous health worker's animated story of a "tooth fairy" who educates Indigenous children about healthy lifestyles are this year's winners of the Medical Journal of Australia's prestigious Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Competition.

Alcohol restrictions may help lower injury rates in Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Rates of serious injury requiring aeromedical retrieval by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) are at their lowest recorded level in four remote Queensland Indigenous communities, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. These low injury rates have occurred after government restrictions on access to alcohol in these communities.

Check blood glucose, urine albumin levels to monitor heart disease risk in Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm  - MJA release: Simple tests for high blood glucose levels and protein in the urine could help establish who is most at risk of coronary heart disease in Indigenous communities, research published in the Medical Journal of Australia suggests.

Achieving best practice in primary health care for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders 13 May 2011 - 2:30pm - AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2010-11 - The AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2010-11 was launched in Melbourne today. The Report Card – the ninth in a respected and authoritative series dating back to 2002 – examines models of best practice in primary care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and makes a number of strong recommendations to governments to greatly improve Indigenous health outcomes.

New AMA President to be elected unopposed 13 May 2011 - 1:30pm - AMA Vice President, Dr Steve Hambleton, will be elected unopposed as President later this month. AMA Secretary General, Mr Francis Sullivan, today announced the nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Chairman of AMA Council and Treasurer.

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