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pandemic leave

Paid pandemic leave for aged care workers?

22 July 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has today (Wednesday 22 July 2020) issued a statement that it has come to a provisional view that paid pandemic leave should be inserted into the Aged Care Award.

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Company directors personally liable for unpaid GST

What corporate veil? Company directors personally liable for unpaid GST

25 February 2020

From 1 April 2020, in a significant extension to the director penalty regime, company directors will be personally liable for unpaid GST (including luxury car tax and wine equalisation tax).

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Peptides Clinic

TGA imposes severe penalties on supplier of online prescription medicines to consumers

09 September 2019

The Internet can offer consumers a convenient way to access therapeutic goods, but online purchases of prescription-only medicines can be extremely dangerous.

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Medical Device Regulation in Australia: TGA Clamp Down

03 July 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), currently uses a standardised, risk-based international classification system (risk-based system) to assess and approve the use, consumption and implantation of medical devices in Australia. The same system is used in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

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Are you protecting your patients’ personal information?

26 November 2018

Privacy and data protection concerns the management of personal information. The definition of personal information is broad and captures most information about an identified or identifiable individual. This includes for example names, photographs, basic contact information, credit card details, health or genetic information and information about a person’s location at a specific point in time.

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Act in Victoria

19 November 2018

In recent times, the legalisation of ‘euthanasia’ has been hotly debated within our homes, schools and parliaments. Whilst positions may remain conflicted, the State Government of Victoria has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (VAD Act) which is due to commence on 19 June 2019.[1]

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What is a “major change” triggering an obligation to consult?

16 November 2018

It is often said that the one constant in life is change. Employers in the health and welfare industry are well aware of that fact of life, given the frequency of regulatory change. One of the consequences of those sorts of changes for employers is that they often result in the need to modify or reshape the skills or qualification mix or working hours of the workforce.

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volunteer-run group

Proud to assist vital community group, Scleroderma Victoria

11 April 2016

Scleroderma Victoria is a small volunteer-run group which provides support, information and advocacy for those living with scleroderma and their families. The organisation received portable oxygen concentrators (medical equipment) as part of a bequest, and started to loan these to terminally ill members who have lung complications due to scleroderma.

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Pharmacy Location

Assarapin v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority

26 February 2016

Key Points

  • The purpose of the Pharmacy Location Rules is to reduce the cost to the Commonwealth of administering the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, not to protect individual pharmacies’ geographic markets.
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