Doctors

Beyond medication: Doctors embracing runs for health

More people are now looking at alternative ways of healing besides medication. A phenomenon called Social prescribing is a prescription for things beyond medicine, like going for a walk or getting help with finances, to improve health. This approach is gaining support worldwide, focusing on individual needs and building community connections for better health. Image: …

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Experts concerned over prescribing rate of antidepressants in Australia

Experts are concerned at the rising prescribing rate of antidepressants, with around one in seven Australians taking antidepressant medication every day.  In 2019, approximately 27 million prescriptions were given for antidepressants in Australia, 86% of those written by GP’s.  University of Adelaide professor and psychiatrist, Dr Jon Jureidini, says the main concern is these medications …

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Tripling of bulk billing incentives to take effect today as Medicare reform begins

Today, the Albanese Government’s planned increase of Medicare payments to bulk billing doctors goes into effect. Now, when bulk billing concession card holders, children under 16 and pensioners, doctors are now eligible for up to three times as much money from bulk billing.  In both metropolitan and rural areas, doctors’ payment rates are going up …

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Doctors want more support for international medical graduates

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is asking the government to remove barriers that prevent international medical graduates from working in Australia. Suggest making the application process easier and providing more support for international medical graduates. RACGP believes that attracting and keeping international doctors is crucial for healthcare in rural areas and overall …

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