3-D illustration of a flu virus

Vaccination remains our best defence against seasonal influenza, which causes significant morbidity and mortality in the Australian community each year. You, as a vaccination provider, play a key role in informing the community about risks associated with influenza and of the importance of influenza vaccination.

- Professor Brendan Murphy, Australian Government Chief Medical Officer

A greater number of vaccine types and brands are now being distributed to Australian practices, with age restrictions applying to all registered vaccine brands.

This year there are influenza vaccines of differing valency:

  • Quadrivalent vaccines – two strains of influenza A (H1N1/Michigan & H3N2/Singapore and two strains of influenza B (Phuket and Brisbane).
  • Trivalent vaccines - – two strains of influenza A (H1N1/Michigan & H3N2/Singapore and one strain of influenza B (Phuket).

Talk Less, Listen More - Live

Author and psychologist, Michael Hawton, will host his parenting course ‘Talk Less Listen More’ LIVE as an interactive webinar over 3 weeks this June. Join one of Australia’s leading experts in managing difficult behavior, to learn simple and practical solutions that will help you teach your children to develop self-control and resilience.

Ranked in the top 3 programs across Australia with over 110,000 past participants, the online series aims to be more accessible to parents unable to attend the event in person at Byron Bay.

Over the 3 sessions, parents will be taught how to help their kids learn not to overreact, and build emotional maturity and resilience to improve their success in school. Parents will also gain confidence through strategies to reduce conflict in their household.

NorDocs, the Northern Rivers group of doctors that discusses local medical matters on its FaceBook page, is holding its first forum on 30 June at UCRH, Lismore, opposite Lismore Base Hospital. The forum will run from midday to 6 pm and will be followed by an informal dinner at a local watering hole.

The conference is based on the Unconference format where many of the delegates are also the presenters. This format provides the flexibility for participants to present and discuss matters that are of interest to them. These may be small items or short lived issues that would not normally attract the attention of larger medical organisations like Primary Health Networks or Local Hospital Districts.

“Diagnosis creep” conjures up an image of a final year medical student on the far end of the spectrum, sounding a bit like cousin “bracket creep”, much beloved by economists and politicians alike.

In November 2017 the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association took over from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and issued new guidelines that changed the classification of hypertension.

North Coast Radiology group has recently released some resources to improve and streamline general practitioner ordering of radiological investigations.

The online forms for magnetic resonance imaging and bone densitometry specify the MBS item number for approved procedures. This is more efficient and makes it clear at the time of the request whether the investigation will be Medicare rebatable or not.

The MRI request form asks for a recent eGFR if the patient has renal impairment and also reminds the user of the absolute contraindications (cardiac pacemakers) and relative contraindications (Intracranial aneurysm clips, intraocular foreign bodies, metallic implants (including cochlear) & extreme claustrophobia) for the procedure.