Decriminalisation in the NT signals abortion is part of normal health care

The Conversation, 24 March 2017
Author: Suzanne Belton
“The Northern Territory parliament this week passed a bill decriminalising abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation, removing the requirement of parental approval for abortions in teenagers and providing early medical abortions with tablets.”
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Prisoners are excluded from the NDIS – here’s why it matters

The Conversation, 14 March 2017
Author: Jesse Young, Stuart Kinner
“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide access to personalised supports and services for all Australians with a disability. However, the NDIS specifically excludes prisoners.”
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Push for unity on vaccination laws is just common sense

The Canberra Times, 13 March 2017
Author: David Ellery
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s call for all states and territories to adopt a uniform stance on barring unvaccinated? children from childcare and preschool facilities makes a great deal of sense. Under current legislation unvaccinated? children in the ACT, along with those in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, can be enrolled at these centres.”
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First licence granted for commercially grown medicinal cannabis in Australia

Dept of Health, 8 March 2017
“Access to medicinal cannabis has taken another major step forward today with first licence being granted for an Australian company to grow and harvest medicinal cannabis. This major development will lead to improved access to domestically produced medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients.”
Find media release here.

Tribunal reprimands pharmacist for unprofessional conduct

AHPRA, 2 March 2017
“The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) has reprimanded pharmacist Mr Hayden Swan and imposed conditions on his registration after finding he engaged in unprofessional conduct by inappropriately dispensing Sustanon 250 (testosterone) to a patient.”
Find further details here.