Australia: Health Alert: 6 February 2012 - Part 2

Last Updated: 19 February 2012
Article by Michael Regos

New South Wales. Department of Health

Media releases

Northern Territory. Department of Health

Media release

  • Kon Vatskalis - Territory Invests More in Health and Hospitals - The Northern Territory Government is leading the nation when it comes to health spending and the employment of more hospital doctors and nurses as reported in the Australian Government's Report on Government Services 2012, Health Minister Kon Vatskalis said today.

Queensland. Department of Health

Media releases

South Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

Tasmania. Department of Health and Human Services

Media releases

Victoria. Department of Health

Media releases

Victorian population health survey 2009

Have your say on the proposed Australian guide to healthy eating - 30 January 2012 - Victorian families are invited to have their say on the proposed Australian Guide to Healthy Eating developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Western Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

Four Hour Rule Program Progress and Issues Review (PDF 1.55MB)

New Zealand. Ministry of Health

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health, December 2011 - 2 February 2012 - Following the 2011 general election, the Ministry of Health produced a Briefing to the Incoming Minister Read more

Guidelines for Consultation with Obstetric and Related Medical Services (Referral Guidelines) - 1 February 2012 - These guidelines provide Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) with a list of conditions and criteria about referring pregnant women for consultations with other clinicians, transferring clinical responsibility Read more

Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children: Guidance in Brief - 27 January 2012 - Guidance is provided for oral health professionals on the latest evidence- based and best-practice approaches to the prevention and management of dental caries (decay) in children Read more

United Kingdom. Department of Health

Amendments to Health and Social Care Bill published - The Government has tabled a series of amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill in advance of its Report Stage in the House of Lords, which begins next week. ...Read more

The NHS will support women with PiP breast implants - The Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has written to health professionals, with some more detailed guidance. The latest advice from the NHS and plastic surgery experts is that women ... Read more

Healthwatch England membership consultation - Stakeholders and the public are being asked to contribute to the development of the Healthwatch England membership regulations. Healthwatch England will be a national consumer champion that enables the collective ... Read more

Improving the care environment for people with dementia - How changes to the healthcare environment can benefit people with dementia. Watch Alistair Burns' latest video blog.

Independent experts to help improve health results for children - An independent group of experts has been established to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people. The "Children's and Young People's outcomes strategy" will ... Read more

Canada. Health Canada

Statement by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, on enforcement of the Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed At Youth Act [31 January 2012]

Government of Canada supports the development of a home care planning and evaluation tool [23 January 2012]

Australian Medical Association

Submission: Regionally Tailored Primary Health Care Initiatives through Medicare Locals Fund - 1 February 2012 - The AMA submission to government on Regionally Tailored Primary Health Care Initiatives through Medicare Locals Fund comments on the role of Medicare Locals, the creation of the Medicare Locals National Body and the utilisation of funds set aside for Medicare Locals. The AMA highlights the need for Medicare Locals to support GPs in caring for patients, for clarity and transparency in how funds are allocated, and stresses that any savings from the consolidation of funding arrangements must be directed towards supporting services for patients.

Government's partial restore of mental health services disappointing - 1 February 2012 - The AMA welcomes the Government's acknowledgement that May Budget cuts to mental health services are hurting patients but its decision not to reverse cuts to Medicare funding for GP mental health services is disappointing. AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton said today that the Government has failed to address the fact that the Budget cuts to Medicare rebates for general practice mental health services are having a detrimental impact on patients.

Therapeutic Goods Administration seeking EOI for Membership of Advisory Committees - 27 January 2012 - TGA is seeking expressions of interest from experts for various positions on five statutory advisory committees by Wednesday 29 February 2012. These committees provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Health and Ageing and to the TGA regarding complementary medicines, prescription medicines, medical devices and the safety of medicines. Terms of appointment are for a period of up to three years, commencing in 2012 and 2013. Applications to the TGA must be received by close of business Wednesday 29 February 2012.

AMA congratulates doctors on the Australia Day 2012 Honours List - 26 January 2012 - AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton today paid tribute to the many doctors and other health professionals who were honoured on Australia Day for their passion for their profession and their dedication to their patients and their communities. Dr Hambleton said that the wonderful thing about the Honours is that they acknowledge achievement at the international, national and local level and they recognise excellence across all avenues of human endeavour.

American Medical Association

AMA Releases Free "Weigh What Matters" App to Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles - 30 January 2012 - AMA Press Release - Helps patients improve their overall health as part of the AMA Healthier Life Steps program.

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