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  • 3 Jul 2024 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    A series of changes to the National Law come into effect this week from 1 July 2024, including new powers to prevent unregistered practitioners from treating patients and making it possible for a practitioner’s alternative name to be listed on the register alongside their legal name.

    The new changes complete a series of reforms to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law agreed by all health ministers aimed at strengthening public protection and improving the operation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

    You can read more about the new changes in the Ahpra and National Boards Media Release: Greater Protection for the Public Under National Law Changes, as well as find information about all the changes over the past two years at the National Law Amendments page.

  • 18 Jun 2024 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    The Stronger Medicare Awards honour Medicare Champions - the people, team and practices who have made an exceptional contribution to the health of their community. 

    Anyone can nominate a primary care worker, team, clinic or community health centre before nominations close at 5:30pm on 30 June 2024.

    Some common examples of primary health care include general practice, community health centres, community nursing services, mental health services and allied health services.

    Successful finalists will be notified in August and a ceremony will be held at Australian Parliament House in November 2024.

    What You Can Do

    Please view the information kit to support promotion of the Stronger Medicare Awards. This includes background information and communication templates, such as:

    • Social media posts
    • Posters to print and display in your offices or clinics
    • Newsletter templates
    • Ministerial video

    Help recognise Australia’s outstanding primary health workers by sharing this information with your colleagues and nominate a Medicare Champion today

    Further information is available via email request at

  • 18 Jun 2024 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW has advised the fluoridation in Broken Hill has been offline for more than 3 months. Essential Water are currently waiting for new equipment and will notify the Water Unit once the service is restored. 

    The Public Health Unit has informed the Local District Oral Health Service and Essential Water will be sending/have sent this flyer to Broken Hill customers. Further information is available here

  • 4 Jun 2024 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Stay up to date with the May 2024 newsletter from the Dental Board of Australia (DBA). 

    Read the newsletter here in email format.
    Read the newsletter here in website page format. 

  • 21 May 2024 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    On 1 May 2024 the National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards became the benchmark for accreditation assessments for private dental practices. 

    To support practices in their preparation for accreditation, a range of resources are available on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's (ACSQHC) website, including:

    • fact sheets and advisories
    • mapping of the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards to the NSQHS Standards first edition
    • accreditation process information


    About The Standards - from ACSQHC:

    "Over 5,000 dental practices participate in voluntary dental practice accreditation. Accreditation of practices offers the opportunity to showcase commitment to excellence while aligning with regulatory frameworks.

    Before this transition, private dental practices were assessed against the first edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

    The Commission has worked closely with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to support the sector’s transition to the new standards. A suite of useful resources and information is also available on the ADA website for their members."

  • 8 May 2024 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    NSW Ministry of Health and Health Education & Training (HETI) currently have Rural Scholarships open for supporting entry to Medicine or Dentistry Programs.

    The Supporting Entry into University Medicine or Dentistry Program Scholarships are designed to provide financial support to prospective students from NSW rural communities who are pursuing a career in medicine or dentistry.

    Please find the full eligibility and application guidelines here

    Applications close on 12 July 2024. 

  • 8 May 2024 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Therapeutic Guidelines recently provided us with an update relating to the Antibiotic prescribing in primary care: Therapeutic Guidelines summary table.

    In 2023 the table temporarily included alternatives to first-line antimicrobials to provide free access to recommendations to assist healthcare professionals navigating the multiple concurrent antimicrobial shortages occurring in the community.

    The TGA has informed Therapeutic Guidelines that the number and nature of antimicrobial shortages has now returned to baseline. As such, the table containing shortages advice has been replaced.

    The new version follows the previous approach of only providing first-line therapy recommendations.

    View the updated table here.

  • 7 May 2024 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    Women & Leadership Australia (WLA ) has announced new scholarships to enable more women to access world-class leadership and workplace skill development programs.  

    By combining cutting-edge leadership theory with practical application, and a flexible part-time delivery, WLA offers an unparalleled learning experience designed to fit into your busy schedule. 

    With partial scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, there are four programs to suit women in non-leadership roles all the way up to senior executives.  

    Applications close Friday 14 June 2024 unless allocated prior.

    Find out more here.

  • 17 Apr 2024 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    We offer our congratulations to Melbourne Dental School Senior Lecturer and OHP Bree Jones who was recently awarded the Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award by the International Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (IADR). 

    "The objective of the award program is to encourage young investigators to undertake research in the prevention of oral diseases and to facilitate their presentation of this work to the international dental and oral health research community."

    Congratulations Bree on this fantastic professional achievement.

    View the IADR Press Release here.

    Photo: Melbourne Dental School Senior Lecturer & OHP Bree Jones with IADR Award. Source: IADR/AADOCR.

    Source: LinkedIn.

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