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World Lung Cancer Day an opportunity to improve lung cancer awareness

With World Lung Cancer Day just passed on 1 August 2018, what better time to improve awareness on lung cancer within Australia. Did you know that lung cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia? Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the lung grow in an […]

Multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea resource available for clinicians

There have been two cases of multi-drug resistant (MOR) gonorrhoea recently detected in Australia. One of these cases was diagnosed in Western Australia, and the other in Queensland. These are two of only three known cases worldwide that are highly resistant to all of the antibiotics that have been in routine use to treat gonorrhoea. […]

Notice to community pharmacists regarding Redland Hospital

From 8 May 2018 scripts issued to patients at Redland Hospital and Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, Gundu Pa, will gradually transition to being printed by computer onto A4 paper, instead of being handwritten onto a script. Redland Hospital and Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre want to make sure that your community pharmacy can easily identify and […]

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from 1 April 2018

From 1 April 2018 General Practitioners and nurse practitioners are able to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection under Section 85 of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The prescription will be able to be dispensed from any pharmacy, however some pharmacies may need to order the medication which may take a […]

Changes to PIP QI implementation date

The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) is a key driver to quality care in the general practice sector.  PIP is aimed at supporting general practice activities that encourage improvements in quality care, enhance capacity and improve access and health outcomes for patients. The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive will continue to build on this important work […]

Codeine scheduling changes – Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service launched

Queensland Health has commenced a 12-month pilot of the Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service (ADCAS). ADCAS, which started on 15 January 2018, is a specialist telephone support service for medical practitioners in Queensland, providing clinical advice by on-call addiction medical specialists regarding the management of patients with codeine dependency and other alcohol and drug […]