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Medicine review changes hard to swallow

Critics say reduced frequency will lead to more incorrect dosages and hospitalisations.  Aged care groups have struck out over what they call arbitrary changes to medication management programs funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement. However, those administering the FCPA ...

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The crisis is coming, be ready

Emergency situations are inevitable; how organisations handle them depends on how they prepare.  “If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least ...

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Synergy of care

Community and residential service are complements to each other, not alternatives.    What happens when it’s no longer possible to keep someone you love, someone who needs care due to their frail old age, at home? Do we betray those ...

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What $1.2 billion will buy

The government has entered talks with stakeholders on how to spend the cash from the scrapped workforce supplement. There is no shortage of ideas.  Labor may have labelled Tony Abbott the “Christmas Grinch” for it, but few were surprised when, ...

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Look overseas makes pill prices hard to swallow

Grattan official says the PBS could lower costs much more with a benchmarking scheme popular in other countries.  Current policies surrounding the cost of medications aren’t effective enough, a Grattan Institute official says. Health program director at Grattan, Stephen Duckett, ...

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Medicare co-payment on the table

Health minister’s first policy speech calls for debate on controversial measure. Minister for health Peter Dutton has fuelled talks of the introduction of a GP co-payment, during a major speech on the Coalition’s healthcare agenda. In the first of several ...

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How to embrace the risk of choice

Take a deeper look at how consumer-directed care could be implemented within a residential aged-care setting, part two of a two-part series. Dignity of risk. It is a concept that has been championed in the disability and mental health sectors ...

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Talks begin on $1.1 billion from workforce supplement

Coalition meets with stakeholders to determine fate of funding package.  The Coalition has begun consultations with the sector on the best way to redistribute $1.1 billion in funding from the scrapped workforce supplement, keeping a commitment it made last year. ...

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