When software delivers a therapeutic benefit: regulation of digital therapeutics

Digital therapeutics are defined as evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are driven by software programs to prevent, manage or treat a medical disorder or disease. As medical technological innovation continues at pace, more software applications and devices are under development to inform, drive or replace clinical decisions or directly provide therapy to a patient. The Therapeutic […]

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COVID-19 | Medicines dispensing emergency measures extended

At the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government introduced a range of measures to take the pressure off Australia’s health care system, such as the introduction of TeleHealth and E-Prescribing. Another measure was to extend the Continued Dispensing rules to enable pharmacists to supply medicines without prescription to certain patients. These emergency measures […]

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COVID-19 | TGA issues guidance for advertising of COVID-19 vaccines to Australian public

The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Australia this week brings both excitement and questions about how healthcare services may advertise or promote the vaccines to the general public. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued guidance to enable vaccine providers, and the broader healthcare sector, to confidently navigate a highly regulated environment, whilst balancing […]

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COVID-19 | COVIDSafe update: legislation and source code

The Commonwealth Parliament has now passed legislation to regulate the collection and use of COVID app data. In addition, the Commonwealth Digital Transformation Agency has now released the source code for the app, which has allowed independent analysis of how the app operates. This update discusses the legislation and the commentary in relation to the […]

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COVID-19 | COVIDSafe – An update: what do the experts think?

As expected, the COVIDSafe app has spurred debate, and has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of “data privacy experts” (including politicians) who are willing to publicly express their views! Since our earlier article, there have been a number of developments, including those discussed below. While there are those who have enthusiastically installed the […]

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COVID-19 | Contact tracing? There’s an app for that!

Effective and widespread contact tracing is considered to be a critical step in managing and containing the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth has released COVIDSafe, a mobile app to assist in determining who may have been exposed to the virus. Additionally, a contact tracing protocol is being developed by Apple and Google which will be […]

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COVID-19 | Is your policy register current?

The highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the ability of the virus to kill, and the disastrous impact the virus has shown it can have on a national economy all lead to one certain point.  Once a vaccine for COVID-19 is available every employer will need to consider whether they are doing enough in their workplace […]

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COVID-19 | Is your organisation ready for the business and operational impact of the COVID-19 in aged care?

Updates from the Department of Health The Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia (Influenza Outbreak Guidelines) and the Series of National Guidelines (SoNGs) provide aged care providers with best practice guidelines for, preparing for, preventing, identifying and managing outbreaks of influenza in residential […]

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Royal Commission Interim Report Analysis: What will it mean for providers?

While most people working within the aged care sector would have read Volume 1 of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report released on 31 October 2019, we have provided an analysis which enables approved providers to understand and respond to some of the key issues and possible implications identified within the Interim Report. Click here to […]

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Ill or injured employees: when is termination ‘valid’?

In the recent decision of Jack v Sigma Healthcare T/A Sigma Healthcare [2019] FWC 6364 (13 September 2019) the Fair Work Commission (Commission) has determined that an employee who was dismissed by her employer, Sigma Healthcare (Sigma), after she sustained an injury outside of work and could no longer perform the inherent requirements her job, […]

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Are you aware of ALL of the changes that have taken place in the aged care sector this year?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we don’t blame you. Below is a summary of what has happened since 1 January 2019, and what you need to do to ensure your facilities and/or services remain compliant with any new legislation, standards and principles. The Department will be actively monitoring provider compliance with these new requirements, and it […]

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Are you aware of the new changes to Home Care Agreements commencing 1 July 2019?

Under the new Pricing Principles, home care providers are required to publish the prices of the most common services and costs under their Home Care Packages in a standardised Schedule on the My Aged Care website. This must be done by 1 July 2019, and is intended to allow consumers to better understand and compare […]

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