New National Asthma Strategy launched asthma
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has launched Australia's new National Asthma Strategy which updates the national response to this chronic disease affecting more than 2.5 million Australians.
Research has shown 45 per cent of Australian asthma patients don't adhere to their management plan; only 25 per cent of adults and 40 per cent of children with asthma have a written asthma action plan and nearly 40 per cent of people with asthma only use reliever medicines. Inevitably, a quarter of these patients were forced to seek last-minute treatment for a dangerous flare up in their condition.
The National Asthma Strategy is a blueprint for improving the prevention, care and management of asthma for people with asthma and their families, health care providers, researchers and government. For more information, click here.
Loddon Mallee Disability Special Interest Group expression of interest disability
Murray PHN and Bendigo Health are working together to establish a Disability Special Interest Group or Community of Practice in the Loddon Mallee region.
The group would share information and resources, advocate for the needs of the local disability community, gain an understanding of local support services and the NDIS, as well as being an opportunity for networking.
We are seeking expressions of interest from GPs, practice nurses and practice managers. For more information, click here.
Opportunity to attend a forum with Federal Health Minister in Mildura Mildura
The Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, will be hosting the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt at a lunch in Mildura on 22 February. Click here
for more details.
Gardasil 9 vaccine is now available to order immunisation
The National Immunisation Program schedule has introduced Gardasil 9 vaccine for students in Year 7 of secondary school (or age equivalent about 12 to 13 years old) to expand the protection against Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
The new Gardasil ® 9 vaccine protects against nine strains of HPV (up from four) and only two doses are required (instead of three), making it easier for adolescents to receive the full schedule and be fully protected. The vaccine is now available to order using the Government vaccine order form.
MedsASSIST system discontinued codeine
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia's MedsASSIST - the real time recording system to help reduce the misuse of over-the-counter combination analgesic medicines containing codeine - has been discontinued nationally from the night of 31 January 2018.
All of the medicines recorded in MedsASSIST were up-scheduled to prescription-only from 1 February, making the system redundant.
Dementia Australia resources for people with younger onset dementia dementia
A new toolkit has been released to help people living with younger onset dementia become better equipped to understand and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS Toolkit for People Living with Younger Onset Dementia and their Carers is complemented by a short video featuring carers and people living with younger onset dementia, those diagnosed under the age of 65, to assist others as they apply to access the new system. For more information click here.