Royal Australian College of General Practitioners want free meningococcal-B vaccinations

Doctors have recommended at-risk Tasmanians be vaccinated against the B-strain of meningococcal. The National Centre for Immunisation says meningococcal-B remains the most common cause of the disease in children, adolescents and young adults. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Bastian Seidel said it had regrettably not been included as part of free vaccinations because of the cost. “It is recommended that people are immunised but … Continue reading Royal Australian College of General Practitioners want free meningococcal-B vaccinations

Senator Eric Abetz joins fight for meningococcal B-strain vaccination

A FREE meningococcal immunisation clinic will be held this weekend at the Derwent Entertainment Centre to administer ACWY vaccine to people aged between six weeks and 21 years of age between 9am-7pm on Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday. Further clinics will be held on the weekend of 18 and 19 August, with more than 4000 vaccinatipons expected each weekend. “These clinics are for eligible people … Continue reading Senator Eric Abetz joins fight for meningococcal B-strain vaccination

Australian GPs will accredit offshore detention centres if given full access

Doctors’ body says findings of audits must be available to public with ‘no caveats’ in order to give their blessing The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has said it is willing to work to accredit the medical services in offshore immigration to Australian standards, but only if the government gives it full and free access to the centres offshore, and makes its audit public. … Continue reading Australian GPs will accredit offshore detention centres if given full access

Turnbull government backs down over My Health Record rules and will force police to get a court order to access private files

Privacy provisions for My Health Record will be strengthened so that a court order is needed for information to be released without consent. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the changes following talks with the Australian Medical Association and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. RACGP president Dr Bastian Seidel welcomed the move, calling it ‘a very positive step towards the meaningful use of My Health Record’. … Continue reading Turnbull government backs down over My Health Record rules and will force police to get a court order to access private files

Hamid Kehazaei: Australia responsible for ‘preventable’ death of asylum seeker

The family of the Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei, whose death from infection on Manus Island was caused by a cascading series of errors and systemic failures in the Australian-run offshore detention centre, say “nothing will replace the life of their beloved son and brother”. But they have urged the Australian government to heed the findings of the Queensland coroner Terry Ryan, which were handed down on Monday. … Continue reading Hamid Kehazaei: Australia responsible for ‘preventable’ death of asylum seeker

Asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death from leg infection was preventable, Queensland coroner finds

The death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei was preventable and the result of “compounding errors” in health care provided under Australia’s offshore immigration detention system, the Queensland coroner has found. Coroner Terry Ryan found 24-year-old Mr Khazaei, who died in a Brisbane hospital in September 2014 after he contracted a leg infection in Manus Island detention centre, would have survived had his rapid deterioration … Continue reading Asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death from leg infection was preventable, Queensland coroner finds

Australia Wants to Be the World’s Top Medical Marijuana Exporter, But Many Nationals Can’t Get a Prescription

Many Australians are struggling to get access to legal medical cannabis, despite government leaders suggesting the country could become the largest exporter of the plant for medicinal use in the future. Australia allows medical marijuana in certain cases, but the application procedure is long and tedious, according to national broadcaster ABC. Bastian Seidel, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, told the TV channel that … Continue reading Australia Wants to Be the World’s Top Medical Marijuana Exporter, But Many Nationals Can’t Get a Prescription

Medical cannabis in Australia ‘pretty much inaccessible’, leaving patients looking to US

A father who escaped jail time for juicing cannabis to treat his two daughters is now considering sending one of them overseas for treatment. Stephen Taylor’s daughters, Morgan, 21, and Ariel, 25, suffer from Crohn’s disease, a debilitating bowel disease. “We’ve been thinking about me going to America for a while,” Morgan told 7.30. “We may have to do that,” Mr Taylor said. “Such a … Continue reading Medical cannabis in Australia ‘pretty much inaccessible’, leaving patients looking to US

How many have to die before free jabs? Docs want vaccines for meningococcal free for everyone

ALL Tasmanians should be given access to government-funded vaccinations against meningococcal disease — or more people will die, the nation’s peak GPs body says. An outbreak of the disease has killed a teenager and hospitalised an infant and an adult male in Tasmania in the past 10 days. President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Bastian Seidel said the current approach to vaccination … Continue reading How many have to die before free jabs? Docs want vaccines for meningococcal free for everyone

Finally, medicinal cannabis is on a roll

Medicinal cannabis is putting down roots in Australia with an expansion of clinical education, federal support and the start-up of local supply due by the year’s end. The shape of change has been evident in the past few months, after NSW became the first jurisdiction to withdraw from a two-step approval process in which states can stonewall a doctor’s application despite the TGA’s assessment of … Continue reading Finally, medicinal cannabis is on a roll