Cerebral palsy sufferer Jessica King’s landmark win over NDIS

SMH, 18 June 2017
Author: Miki Perkins
“On May 4 the state’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruled the physio and gym membership should be funded through the scheme.The tribunal’s decision is the first to follow the successful appeal of Moriac resident Liam McGarrigle in the Federal Court in December 2016, also with Victoria Legal Aid assistance.”
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Our so-called ‘universal’ healthcare: the well waste money and the poor get sicker

The Guardian, 11 June 2017
Author: Amy Corderoy
“The waste of wellness dollars is an ethical issue when health inequality in Australia is a life-or-death issue. While the worried well shell out great amounts stockpiling placebos, the poor get sicker. What if all those billions of dollars were poured into some real wellness? Perhaps along with our tobacco tax, we need to introduce a snake-oil tax as well. We need to start thinking of this waste of wellness dollars as an ethical issue. Because the money is needed elsewhere. And desperately.”
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Independent expert panel to begin mental health review

NSW Health, 22 May 2017
“Five mental health experts with wide reaching clinical and lived experience will join NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright to begin a review of the practice of seclusion, restraint and observations across the NSW mental health system. Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies confirmed the review will consider whether existing legislation, policy, clinical governance and practice standards are consistent with national standards, international best practice and the expectations of patients and the community.”
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Plea for treatment lodged 16 times before NT substance abuser died, inquest hears

ABC, 23 May 2017
Author: Tom Maddocks
“Health authorities could not find a mandatory treatment service in the Northern Territory for a man who died from petrol sniffing, despite numerous requests over several years by family, police, nurses and doctors, a coronial inquest has been told.”
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Abortion law in NSW radically out of step with opinion and practice

SMH, 10 May 2017
Author: Julie Hamblin
“When the NSW Parliament debates the abortion law reform bill on Thursday, politicians could well reflect on why, in 2017, a bill to take abortion out of the Crimes Act should even be considered controversial. Of course minds differ about the morality of abortion, as one would expect in any society of diverse faiths, but that abortion is still a crime in NSW, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, is a sad reminder of how poorly our laws keep pace with social opinion.”
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Responsible advertising of health services: Practitioners reminded about their legal obligations on advertising

AHPRA, 21 April 2017
“The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) published a strategy for the National Scheme today to help keep health service consumers safe from misleading advertising. The Advertising compliance and enforcement strategy for the National Scheme explains how National Boards and AHPRA will manage advertising complaints and compliance, including the regulatory powers available to deal with breaches of the National Law.”
Find media release and strategy here.