- Written by Marco Ostini
Marco Ostini is the Principal Analyst at Pandimensional Infosec, based in Brisbane. He has a particular interest in the information security of smaller medical practices. He can be reached on twitter @Pandimensional_.
Medical practitioners or small business owners should have the date 22 February 2018 in their calendar, for that is when the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme took effect throughout Australia.
What is it, who does it target, how should you prepare and why does it exist? Each of these questions will be answered in this article.
What is the NDB?
- Written by University of Wollongong
The University of Wollongong this year welcomes Rebekah Hermann to the Rural Medical Program in the role of Clinical Placement Facilitator in the Lismore Hub.
Supporting the Regional Academic Leader Dr Jane Barker, this role is based out of the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) where Rebekah has worked for the past two and half years undertaking a similar roles in the delivery of rural medical programs to students of Sydney, Western Sydney and Bond University and the University of Newcastle.
As well as her experience in the health sector, Rebekah brings with her a diverse range of skills from her experience in the education sector where she has worked both as a school teacher in the Northern Rivers, and as a senior project officer for the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Through her project work, Rebekah worked at improving access to quality educational resources for students living in rural and remote areas of the state through digital curriculum content delivery. Rebekah is constantly seeking new ways to achieve connectedness via online platforms and social medial.
- Written by Andrew Binns
For some time there has been talk of Northern NSW Local Health District Community Health (CMH) sharing the care of patients who require depot antipsychotic medication with GPs. This was to be aimed at the more mentally stable mental health patients. Some guidelines were discussed but never implemented.
Meanwhile, GPs have reported numerous instances of patients saying they no longer attend CMH and were therefore presenting for depot injections or for ongoing care including oral antipsychotic drug prescriptions.
Along with this service provision including a mental health assessment, appropriate mental and physical care is needed. Handover of responsibility has frequently occurred without a formal case history and management plan for their ongoing care being sent.
- Written by Robin Osborne
An in-depth study of the lived experiences of students of health professions undertaking non-metropolitan placements has shown they rate highly the benefits of supportive staff and good interactions with local communities.
Factors impacting negatively on them included difficulties with accommodation, Internet access issues, the lack of transport and financial problems.
The study, Ruralization of students’ horizons: insights into Australian health professional students’ rural and remote placements, was conducted by researchers from various university Centres and Departments of Rural Health, including UCRH North Coast (Dr Sabrina Pit).
- Written by Robin Osborne
Perhaps helped by a late-December name change from the frivolous PUF Ventures to the more medical sounding Solaris Nutraceuticals*, the company that intends to grow and produce medical grade cannabis in a 9.3 hectare glasshouse operation in Casino has received a $2.5 million Federal grant..
The huge score was announced by the Federal MP for Page, Kevin Hogan, as part of a raft of grants for nine job-creating projects - Solaris claims 280 jobs will eventuate. These cover such disparate industries as blueberry growing for export, macadamia processing to make nut-based cheese, and expanded aged care in Kyogle.
A report on the company’s plans was published in the previous edition of GP Speak (Summer 2017). This followed Richmond Valley Council’s open-armed welcome and undertaking to enter into a ‘strategic partnership’ with the business whose home base is Vancouver, Canada.
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