July 2020

NPS MedicineWise : Medicinal cannabis information portal 

For prescribers – the portal includes important resources for prescribers including full evidence summaries with links to the TGA’s clinical guidance and a flowchart for prescribers that outlines the steps to accessing medicinal cannabis.

To find out more go to https://www.nps.org.au/medicinal-cannabis

Tax Time Helper

The ATO has prepared a range of resources to assist health professionals during this period of heightened stress. These resources have been provided specifically for healthcare workers to ensure they are aware of the deductions that they can claim for and make it easier to prepare and lodge their 2020 tax return.  To find out more go to the Australian Tax Office to down load the Health Workers Guide.

JUNE 2020

National Immunisation Program changes from 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020, there are a number of changes to the National Immunisation Program coming into effect.

These changes are:

  • Introduction of meningococcal B vaccination and changes to meningococcal ACWY vaccination.
  • Hepatitis A vaccination schedule points for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in NT, Qld, SA and WA will change in consideration of the introduction of the meningococcal B vaccine.
  • Pneumococcal vaccination schedule will change to reflect the current best clinical evidence in preventing pneumococcal disease in adults and in people with conditions that increase their risk of disease.  

The changes are being implemented following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and other clinical experts and are designed to improve protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal disease. 

To support awareness and implementation of the changes, the Australian Government has developed a suite of educational and promotional communication resources hosted via a news item on the Department of Health’s website.

The NIP clinical advice factsheets for providers, accompanied by correspondence from the Chief Medical Officer will be mailed to GPs and Aboriginal Medical Services Australia-wide. The information notes the availability of supporting consumer resources available to download or order through the Department of Health’s website.

Summary of Opioid Changes in effect from 1 June 2020 can be found on the Opioid Restriction Changes Guide.


May 2020

As most of you are aware, the PBS changes to prescription opioids come into effect on 1 June 2020. We acknowledge that there may be media interest (such as the article in the Sydney Morning Herald this week) and your members may have questions. We have attached links to the updated TGA’s prescription opioid web content, including the information for consumers and health professionals that you helped refine.


rescribers can now order their PBS prescription stationery through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS), which is available 24/7. To access HPOS, users will be required to create a PRODA account if they don’t already have one. The following steps to order stationery are outlined below:

  1. Log on to your PRODA account.
  2. Select go to service on the HPOS tile.
  3. Select My Programs.
  4. Select PBS stationery online ordering.

From here prescribers can:

  • place a stationery order
  • view order details
  • re-order a previous order

Ordering PBS stationery online will allow users to:

  • Order a range of products without completing multiple order forms
  • Track the progress and delivery of their order online
  • Submit the same order again to save time
  • Provide delegate access to others (e.g. practice managers) to place and manage orders on their behalf.

For more information on how to order through HPOS please visit us at our site here or read our recent news article at News for health professionals.


April 2020

Hepatitis C Treatment Nurse Practitioner s100 Prescribing

March 2020

AIHW release: Coordination of health care: experiences of barriers to accessing health services among patients aged 45 and over

Changes to Antibiotic Listings on the PBS 

As indicated in the previous emails below, please be advised that changes to antibiotic listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will commence on 1 April 2020. The changes were recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) in August 2019 to support best practice prescribing in Australia.  For more information on the changes to the PBS, please visitpbs.gov.au/info/news/2020/03/revised_pbs_listings_for_antibiotic_use_from_1_april_2020.  If you have any further questions on the changes, please contact the PBS Information Line on 1800 020 613 or via email atpbs@health.gov.au

February 2020

Immunisation - Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign 2020.docx

Diabetes -  Changes to the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative - 2020 CGM changes