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Monday, 30 May 2011

Dementia Care website

Dementia Care Australia (DCA) is an independent dementia information and education organisation specialising in supporting both people with dementia and their carers; be they family members, professional carers, employers or friends.

Veterans' Health Week 2011









Veterans' Health Week will be held the week of 24 - 30 October 2011 this year.

This year’s theme is building on the strengths of the veteran community – mental wellness. DVA are working in partnership with ex-service and community groups to develop and fund a program of activities.

Like previous years, Veterans' Health Week will encourage the veteran community to consider their health needs and provide suggestions for positive changes to live stronger, healthier and happier lives.

More information available here

Thursday, 26 May 2011

CLIK Update

The next CLIK CD compilation and update, May v.2011-03 available now!
Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update and amendments incorporated in this release are also available on the web page.

http://www.dva.gov.au/aboutDVA/publications/corporate/clik/support/Pages/update.aspx

More Support for Palliative Care Patients, Their Families and Carers

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today marked National Palliative Care Week 2011 by announcing an $8.6 million boost to improve palliative care support and services for patients, their families and carers.

National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May 2011) aims to raise awareness about palliative care and the services available to Australians of all ages.

The theme of National Palliative Care Week this year is ‘Let’s chat about dying’ to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about their preferences for end-of-life care and raise community awareness of available services.   more...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Statement of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 5 & 6 April the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx….25 & 26 of 2011
  • irritable bowel syndrome…………..…....….27 & 28 of 2011
  • acoustic neuroma…………………..…...….29 & 30 of 2011
  • obstructive and reflux nephropathy...……..31 & 32 of 2011
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions).

  • subdural haematoma………………….…….33 & 34 of 2011
(These SoPs are a new condition).

These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • acoustic neuroma
  • obstructive nephropathy (now known as: obstructive and reflux nephropathy)
  • subdural haematoma
Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • osteoarthritis……………………………....…..............35 & 36 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the brain…………….....….....37 & 38 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the colorectum……....….......39 & 40 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the lung…………..…............41 & 42 of 2011
  • acute myeloid leukaemia………………….........….....43 & 44 of 2011
  • myelodysplastic disorder………………….........….....45 & 46 of 2011
  • chronic myeloid leukaemia……………………............47 & 48 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the bile duct………................49 & 50 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder……................51 & 52 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the breast…………….............53 & 54 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus….....….........55 & 56 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the cerebral meninges.…........57 & 58 of 2011
  • cerebral meningioma……………………..…… ............59 & 60 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the ovary……………...............61 & 62 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland…............... 63 & 64 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach……….......….......65 & 66 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland……...............67 & 68 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site…. ........ 69 & 70 of 2011
  • non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin.............71 & 72 of 2011
  • soft tissue sarcoma…………………………..….............73 & 74 of 2011
  • benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa………............75 & 76 of 2011
  • acquired cataract……………………………...................77 & 78 of 2011
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease…………….................79 & 80 of 2011
  • cirrhosis of the liver………………………….…...............81 & 82 of 2011
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 25 May2011.

Determined NOT to amend Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine…...… 40 of 2004 (as amended by 19 of 2010) & 41 of 2004.
This decision was made on the grounds that there is no sound medical-scientific evidence available to justify an amendment. A Declaration of the decision will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 18 May 2011.


These determinations conclude the previously advertised ‘focussed reviews’ of each of the conditions. A summary outlining the RMA’s consideration of ionising radiation can be accessed here. (PDF -414KB)

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease (focussed review)
  • otitis media
  • allergic rhinitis
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • mitral valve prolapse
  • atrial fibrillation
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • melioidosis
  • morbid obesity
  • restless legs syndrome
  • pleural plaque
  • malignant neoplasm of the colorectum
  • osteomyelitis
  • tinea of the skin
  • malignant neoplasm of the testis and paratesticular tissues
  • hiatus hernia
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland
  • leptospirosis
  • epicondylitis
  • cervical spondylosis
  • thoracic spondylosis
  • lumbar spondylosis
  • solvent related chronic encephalopathy
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • sudden unexpected death
  • malignant neoplasm of the pancreas
  • epileptic seizure
  • epilepsy
  • dermatomyositis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • steatohepatitis
  • narcolepsy
  • malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  • heart block
  • spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 18 May 2011. A copy of the Gazette notifications can be located here.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 25 - 82 of 2011. (PDF-1104KB)

Friday, 20 May 2011

Course cancellation

Please note that the Mental Health Seminar scheduled for 07-08 June has been cancelled.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Scams

The little black book of scams highlights popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers, such as fake lotteries, internet shopping, mobile phones, online banking, employment and investment opportunities. It offers consumers tips on how to protect themselves from scams, how to minimise damage if they do get scammed and how they can report a scam.
Issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission


The Little Black Book of Scams

Friday, 6 May 2011

Prisoner of War Recognition Supplement

A new Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Supplement will provide former POWs with an extra $500 per fortnight in recognition of their special service and sacrifice.

The new supplement will apply from September 2011 and is in addition to current benefits available to former POWs.    more...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Coordinated Veterans' Care Program (Gold Card holders)










The Coordinated Veterans' Care Program is an enhanced primary and community care initiative that will provide additional support to Gold Card holders with chronic conditions, complex care needs, and who are at risk of hospitalisation.
Through improved community based care, the Program is intended to improve the health of participants by:
  • Providing ongoing planned and coordinated care from your GP and a nurse.
  • Educating and empowering participants to self manage their conditions.
  • Encouraging the most socially isolated to participate in community activities.

 Click here for more information.