Australia. Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Practice and procedure – extension of time to lodge an application for review –Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – application was not accompanied by the prescribed fee – application lacks utility – application refused.
South Australia. Health Practitioners Tribunal
Dr Gary Childs (the appellant), a registered psychologist, appealed a decision of the Psychology Board of Australia (the respondent) refusing to endorse his registration as a psychologist in the areas of clinical psychology and educational and developmental psychology. Endorsement would have enabled him to hold out to the public that he had these titles. He had a research PhD with a component of applied psychology.
To be eligible for endorsement, the Health Practitioner Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Qld) requires that the practitioner have either an approved qualification or substantially equivalent qualification. The Guidelines on areas of practice endorsements require qualifications in either:
- An accredited doctorate in an approved practice area and a minimum of one year of supervised work
- An accredited Masters in one of two approved practice areas and a minimum of two years of supervised work
- Another qualification that the Board considers is substantially equivalent to the above.
The Tribunal held that the appellant's doctorate did not have the required coursework and placement components. Furthermore, the appellant's qualifications were not a substantial equivalent as his doctorate was simply a research project.
The appellant claimed that he met all professional standards and competencies. He submitted that he had skill, practice and experience, which the system did not allow for. The Tribunal responded that its purpose was to consider whether the appellant met the criteria for endorsement. It was not within the Tribunal's jurisdiction to consider policy as reflected in the legislation. The appeal was dismissed.
Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal
Western Australia. State Administrative Tribunal
LS and Mental Health Review Board  WASAT 76 (20 April 2012)
LS (the applicant) requested the Mental Health Review Board (the respondent) review Dr L's decision to make the applicant an involuntary patient. The applicant's patient status changed from involuntary, to voluntary and back to involuntary. The Board's review determined that the applicant should temporarily remain as an involuntary patient. The applicant applied to the Tribunal to review the Board's decision.
Meanwhile, Dr L completed a community treatment order and the applicant requested that the Board also review this. At this review, the Board decided that the patient was no longer an involuntary patient within the Mental Health Act 1996 (WA) (Act) and therefore it did not have jurisdiction to review the applicant's status.
The applicant submitted that the Tribunal had jurisdiction to review the Board's first order even though the applicant was no longer an involuntary patient. She submitted this on the basis of, amongst other things, the social purpose of the Act, and the need for a remedy against unlawful, coercive action. The Tribunal responded that it did not have inherent jurisdiction to hear this matter and the Act did not provide it with authority.
The Tribunal applied the decision of LM and the Mental Health Review Board  WASAT 123. In LM the Tribunal concluded that all requested reviews to the Board required the continued existence of the patient's involuntary status. Therefore, the Tribunal could not review the original order because the Board did not previously have jurisdiction to review it either.
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing
26 April 2012 - Working Together to Break the Cycle of Hospitalisation and Homelessness - As part of a new National Partnership Agreement on Mental Health, the Australian Government will provide the NSW Government with $57.6 million over five years for three new projects that will improve the care and support provided to people living with severe mental illness.
24 April 2012 - New Perinatal Mental Health Guides for Clinicians
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
24 April 2012 - A working guide to international comparisons of health (24 Apr 2012)
Australia. Parliament. House of Representatives. Standing Committee on Health & Ageing
New inquiry - Inquiry into Health Issues across international borders
Australia. Health Practitioner Regulation Agency & the Boards
27 April 2012 - The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. | Read Article
27 April 2012 - The Psychology Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. | Read Article
26 April 2012 - The [Physiotherapy] Board releases a statement regarding a new pathway for graduates from Australian non-accredited courses. | Read Article
24 April 2012 - The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia has released a position statement to clarify its Professional Indemnity Insurance requirements. | Read Article
24 April 2012 - The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia releases a Communiqué. | Read Article
23 April 2012 - The Pharmacy Board of Australia invites submissions for its latest consultation paper. | Read Article
20 April 2012 - Seeking qualified and experienced parties to review the Enrolled Nurse Competency Standards. | Read Article
19 April 2012 - The Medical Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. | Read Article
19 April 2012 - New legal requirements apply to Chinese medicine practitioners from 1 July. | Read Article
19 April 2012 - The [Chinese Medicine] Board has published advertisements in a range of community newspapers about the new legal requirements. | Read Article
19 April 2012 - The Board has released an FAQ regarding evidence requirements and further general application questions. | Read Articl
17 April 2012 - The Pharmacy Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. | Read Article
17 April 2012 - The Medical Radiation Practice Board has updated its Equivalent Qualifications List. | Read Article
17 April 2012 - The Dental Board of Australia release guidance on when to be registered. | Read Article
16 April 2012 - The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué 22/03/2012 | Read Article
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration
26 April 2012 - Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to ACCS#4 and ACMS#5 (February 2012) - Additional submissions on scheduling matters for ACCS and ACMS February 2012 meetings.
26 April 2012 - Reasons for scheduling delegates' interim decisions & invitation for further comment, April 2012 - Interim decisions and reasons for scheduling decisions and invitation for further submissions. Closing date: 10 May 2012.
26 April 2012 - The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP) - Added SUSMP No. 3 publication information and order form.
26 April 2012 - Invitation for public comment - ACMS and ACCS meetings, June 2012 - Notice inviting public submissions under Regulation 42ZCZK of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. Closing date: 25 May 2012
26 April 2012 - Scheduling news - Updates and news about scheduling medicines and poisons
23 April 2012 - Consultation document on levels and kinds of evidence to support indications and claims for listed medicines - feedback invited - The TGA is seeking comment from interested parties on the draft of the document "Evidence Required to Support Indications for Listed Medicines (excluding sunscreens and disinfectants)".
Australian Capital Territory. Department of Health
23 April 2012 - Emergency Department Data Discrepancy - The discrepancies relate to statistics about waiting and treatment times in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.
New South Wales. Ministry of Health
- 26 April 2012 - Working Together to Break the Cycle of Hospitalisation and Homelessness
- 24 April 2012 - Work Starts on New Patient Care Unit at Belmont
- NSW Health Policy & Implementation Plan for Culturally Diverse Communities 2012-2016-PD2012_020-26/04/2012
Terms of Reference - Health Check: Ambulance Service of NSW
Queensland. Health Quality & Complaints Commission
Dr Right credentialing report tabled
South Australia. Department of Health
- 26 April 2012 - Leading from the front in medical research and innovation
- 23 April 2012 - Restructure leads to staff reduction at DHA
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services
- 24 April 2012 - Health Forums-Minister for Health
26 April 2012 - Tasmanians now enjoy iodine health benefits
26 April 2012 - Tasmanian Homelessness Plan 2010-2013 – Mid-term report
Victoria. Department of Health
- 26 April 2012 - Coalition funds Charlton's new hospital - The Victorian Coalition Government is funding the new Charlton Hospital, Minister for Health David Davis announced today.
- 15 April 2012 - Coalition delivers vital medical equipment for Victorian hospitals - Victorian hospitals and patients will benefit from a $35 million Victorian Coalition Government funding boost to buy state-of-the-art replacement medical equipment.
23 April 2012 - Check your HALO this Immunisation Week - This year is the first time that Australia is taking part in Immunisation Week 2012, held across the Western Pacific Region from 23–29 April 2012.
Western Australia. Department of Health
- 24 April 2012 - Health DG rejects allegations made by Public Accounts Committee
New Zealand. Ministry of Health
26 April 2012 - Guide to Getting Hearing Aids: Hearing Aid Funding Scheme - If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids may be part of the solution to improve your hearing. This booklet gives you information about the Ministry of Health's Hearing Aid Funding Scheme, how you could get hearing aids, the benefits of hearing aids and what you can expect from audiology services.
24 April 2012 - Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2009 - Summary - This annual statistical publication presents and summarises suicide information received from the New Zealand Mortality Collection, and admissions to hospital for intentional self-harm sourc
23 April 2012 - Improving the System: Meeting the Challenge - Summary - The Improving Patient Flow Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with a sector-based working group, and comprises 10 improvement strategies.
United Kingdom. Department of Health
Drugs and alcohol recovery launches online bulletin - Following the launch last month of eight payment by results pilot sites for drugs and alcohol recovery treatment services, the Payment by Results for Recovery Pilot Programme has now launched... Read more --> - Drugs and alcohol recovery launches online bulletin
Have your say on the future of nursing and care - The independent Nursing and Care Quality Forum would like to hear your views on the quality of nursing and care, and how you think this could be improved. The Forum's... Read more --> – Have your say on the future of nursing and care
Design Council dementia challenge launch - Follow @designcouncil and @DCchallenges now for live tweets of their Dementia Challenge Launch. Five groundbreaking designs, including a dementia support dog, a room fragrance system to stimulate people's appetites and... Read more --> – Design Council dementia challenge launch
Mental health stakeholders meet to discuss long-term conditions strategy - The Department of Health has met with a small group of mental health stakeholders to discuss the long-term conditions strategy it is drafting. Today's meeting focusing on mental health... Read more --> – Mental health stakeholders meet to discuss long term conditions strategy
Health Secretary sets out objectives for NHS Commissioning Board Authority - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has set out the Government's strategic objectives for the NHS Commissioning Board Authority and the basis against which the Authority will be held to account. The... Read more --> – Health Secretary sets out objectives for NHS Commissioning Board Authority
Can the NHS improve quality while saving money? - Health Minister Simon Burns explains how better care and listening to patients about their experience of care can result in the NHS having to spend less money. In his latest... Read more --> – Can the NHS improve quality while saving money?
Canada. Health Canada
26 April 2012 - Harper Government Protects Food Safety, Reduces Red Tape
Canadian Medical Association
26 April 2012 - New credential certifying MDs' leadership skills proving popular
19 April 2012 - New institute will move MD health issues to centre stage
16 April 2012 - MDs tackle referral processes in battle to reduce wait times
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