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August 2014

Queensland Immunisation rates now online

Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

Immunisation rates now online

Data on current rates of immunisation for regions across Queensland will be published on the Government’s health performance website from today.

The measure – a further bid to strengthen public support for vaccination - follows the launch of the Government’s multi-million dollar Queensland Immunisation Strategy last month.Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said adding immunisation rates to the Queensland Health performance website put the issue on public view, beside emergency department and elective surgery wait times.

Doctors' strike

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We are hiring - Cardiac ECG Technician

Cardiac ECG Tech Role


A busy Gold Coast Cardiology group is seeking a Cardiac ECG Technician for start in mid September.

The role will include:
Holter and blood pressure monitor placement and removal, lead placement for ECG testing which also includes bike and treadmill testing. The position is for 16-20 hours per week over 3-4 shifts – days and shifts can be negotiated with the right candidate.

The successful applicant must have own transport with current drivers license, as travel between locations on the Gold Coast will be required.

NIDA voice coaching

NIDA!This month Rebecca Ward Consulting is travelling to NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) for anadvanced course on the speaking voiceand we will be incorporating the lessons into our public speaking coaching from September 1st. This month we are offeringtwo free hours of one-on-one public speaking coachingall you have to do is reply to this email with NIDA in the subject line or send your name and contact details toinfo@rebeccawardconsulting.

Wash Your Hands!

Jokes aside, please remember to wash your hands!

Top 20 Most Prescribed and Top-Selling US Drugs

Top 20 Most Prescribed, Top-Selling US Drugs

NB: Data from IMS Health. Figures reported are in $US and collected fromJuly 2013 - June 2014.

Left: The Top 20 US Drugs listed by Monthly Prescription (units) and Right: The Top 20 US drugs listed by total sales ($). Please take a look at the column totals and remember that this is only the top 20, only for 12 months and only for the USA ($82,293,753,189).
































Once again we have included some cheat sheets to view the indications and the drug groupings at a glance:

ACHSM Breakfast Forum - August 2014
















We tend to ignore things we cannot see but we do this at our peril!  For instance, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognised as a critical health issue by the World Health Organisation.  Primarily the concern of hospitals, resistant bacterial pathogens are now seen with increasing frequency in the community.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has appointedProf John Turnidgeto lead a program for national surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and antibiotic usage.

Confusion over the $7 co-payment

Confusion over the $7 co-payment

This weekwe have been working with a GP practice on the Gold Coast and were surprised to hear an elderly patient lament their delay in coming to see theGP due to the new $7 co-payment. It is important to remember that thisproposed co-payment to see a GP will not come into effect until at least 1 July next year. As part of the last Federal Budget, it was tabled that an introduction of a co-payment could assist in the financial sustainability of the healthcare sector but this introduction is dependent on legislative change and save the amendment of the position of the opposition the measure would not pass through the Senate.
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