10 September New guidelines for myopia management September 10, 2018 By Sue James Announcement opthalmology, eye specialists 0 The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has released an online tool designed to help eyecare professionals manage patients with myopia. The ‘Guidelines for Myopia Management’ provide a framework that can be used to inform diagnostic tests and conduct risk assessments. It also suggests appropriate myopia management options, and schedules follow-up visits and tests. The head of the Myopia Program at BHVI, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, said the latest evidence-based knowledge had been used to develop the guidelines, and that it would assist practitioners with the various steps for assessing and treating myopic patients. Read More Related First Online Survey – Painaustralia National Action Plan The Australian Government recently announced funding for Painaustralia to develop a National Action Plan on Chronic Pain Management. The National Action Plan is a critical and overdue step towards improving quality of life for the millions of Australians who live with chronic pain (daily pain that lasts three months or longer) and reducing the burden of pain which is increasingly impacting families, communities and the economy. The Plan will set out key priority areas and measures to improve access to, and knowledge of, best practice pain management in the next three to five years. Single Touch Payroll STP is a reporting change that will require employers to report tax and super information to the ATO from their payroll software each time they pay their employees. The ATO is urging employers to determine what they need to do to get ready My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018 Why consulting Dr Google first could be a good thing New research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, has found consulting ‘Dr Google’ before presenting at the emergency department could improve interactions between patients and their treating physician. Pregnancy Warning Posters Misleading and Inaccurate Thousands of posters warning pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol have had to be removed from the walls of hospitals and GP clinics around the country. GP incentives increased to enrol DVA clients The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has increased incentive payments for General Practitioners (GPs) to enrol eligible patients in the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program. The benefits of enrolling your patients, including reduced hospital admissions, were recently highlighted in an in-depth evaluation of the program. GP clinics receive an initial incentive payment to enrol eligible DVA clients, then quarterly care payments thereafter. The new DVA fee schedule for CVC claims, including an increase in payments, came into effect on 1 July 2018. Comments are closed.