Clinic in Melbourne Believes to be Sexist

Myhealth North Eltham, a doctors’ clinic located in Melbourne is apparently charging their patients more if you wish to see a female doctor. Kristen Hilton, Victoria’s equal opportunity and human rights commissioner has warned that the clinic may be breaking the law. A photo was uploaded on Twitter showing the clinic’s list of prices which clearly shows that patients have to pay an additional $7 in order to see a female doctor.

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Massive Hospital Job Losses

Hospital service provider Spotless has unfortunately lost its contract at Flinders Medical Centre and Modbury Hospital. Because of this, approximately 220 hospital workers could lose their jobs. Spotless staff were informed that the company’s contracts would not be renewed and that their competitor ISS Australia is going to take over the contracts starting in December. United Voice, the union that represent the workers has stated that there were 120 at Flinders Medical Centre and around 100 Spotless workers employed at Modbury Hospital.

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Mistake Causes Mayhem for Autistic Children

Many autism groups have expressed their outrage towards the Australian federal government due to the fact they have unintentionally published certain changes for a large number of autistic children that would deny them direct access to the national disability insurance scheme or NDIS. They were shocked after discovering this major blunder that was made to the operational guidelines of the NDIS. This is a document that indicates the conditions that qualify people access to the scheme.  It was published on the website of the NDIA and the shocking change remove direct eligibility for all but the most severe cases of autism.

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Arthritis Impacts Mental Health

According to the results of the Medibank Better Health Index1 annual survey that involved more than 50,000 Australians, 22.3% of people with arthritis also had a diagnosis of depression compared to 16.3% of the general population. New research has discovered that people who have arthritis are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and have some panic attacks.

The survey also found that panic attacks affected 7.3% of of people with arthritis compared with 5.8% of the general population, while sufferers were twice as likely to struggle with sleeping issues.

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Waiting in Vain from NDIS Plan Review Outcome

An investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman has discovered that Australians with disabilities are experiencing long delays when they try to have their mishandled National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans reviewed. They are facing delays of up to 9 months.  It’s been revealed by this report that up to 8,000 people are stuck waiting for an outcome. There are several reasons people seek reviews of their plans, for instance, there is wrong or inadequate support and equipment is involved. Around 140,000 Australians are now covered by the NDIS but that number is expected to increase to 475,000 by early next decade.

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My Health Record Withdraw Date Revealed

The Australian federal government has revealed that any Australian who doesn’t want to have a personal e-health record will have from July 16 to October 15 to opt out of the national scheme. It was previously announced that by the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for all Australians but according to the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), they can opt-out during the three-month period.  

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The War against HTLV-1 Virus In Australia

The WHO is being urged by doctors and scientists from around the world to take action against the lethal HTLV-1 virus which has been detected at extremely high rates in central Australia particularly among Aboriginal Australians. An average of 45% of adults in five Aboriginal communities in central Australia tested positive for the virus. No vaccine has been developed yet for HTLV-1.

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