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Move to mandate staffing ratios

The Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017 is seeking “to enhance the level of care provided by aged care facilities nation-wide” according to Senator Derryn Hinch’s Second Reading Speech. The Bill proposes that a minimum adequate and safe ratio of appropriately skilled staff to care recipients be mandated in the Quality of Care principles, based ...

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Consumer Protection announces review of retirement village contracts

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard advised that the investigation will examine various contracts offered by retirement village operators to see if they breach the "unfair contract terms" provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). One focus of the investigation will be the 'deferred management fees' or 'deferred residency fees' often payable when a resident vacates their unit....

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New Privacy Act Data Breach Obligations Update

Eligible Data Breaches The Act sets up a scheme for notification of ‘eligible data breaches’. An eligible data breach happens if: there is unauthorised access to, unauthorised disclosure of, or loss of, personal information held by an entity; and, the access, disclosure or loss is likely to result in serious harm to any of the individuals to whom the information relates., Examples ...

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New WA Medicine and Poisons Regulations

A key aim of the regulations is to control the potential for the misuse of hard drugs by implementing a system to identify and regulate ‘doctor shopping’.   Health Minister John Day says the legislation “establishes the legal framework for the transfer of information about the prescribing and dispensing of controlled drugs such as morphine and dexamphetamine, through the use of real-time reporting systems....

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Fake Nurse convicted and ordered to pay over $40,000

Two separate actions were brought against Nicholas Crawford by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, one in Queensland and one in Western Australia in relation to 14 offences arising from his falsely claiming to be a registered health professional. Mr Crawford pleaded guilty to ‘holding himself out’ as a registered nurse in Queensland and using the protected titles of ‘nurse’ and ‘registered nurse’....

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State Administrative Tribunal Annual Report 2015-2016

Vocational Regulation matters, which include disciplinary and professional regulation of health practitioners, lawyers, security agents and real estate and settlement agents, comprised only 3% of matters in the Tribunal for 2015/16 period, with 80% of those matters able to be resolved within 25 weeks of the date of lodgement - 2 weeks shorter than the Tribunal's benchmark. Matters ...

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Are you ready for the new business-to-business unfair contract term laws?

ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper has explained that ”the new law will apply when a term in a small business standard form contract: causes a significant imbalance in the parties’ rights and obligations, isn’t reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the party advantaged by the term, and, causes financial or other detriment (such as delay) to a small business if it were relied on....

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David Tune to Lead Major Review of Aged Care Reforms

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the appointment of David Tune AO PSM to lead the Aged Care Legislated Review. The changes announced to aged care in 2012 included a comprehensive review of the aged care sector in 2016-17. This review will inform ongoing reforms to aged care. To read the full media release, click here.

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Public Health Act 2016

To provide a flexible and proactive framework for the regulation of public health, the West Australian Parliament has passed the Public Health Act 2016 with the object ‘to protect, promote and improve the health and wellbeing of the public of Western Australia and to reduce the incidence of preventable illness, and for related purposes’. The change is said to be necessary as the existing ...

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