Category: Health & Aged Care


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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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

Upon the commencement of the VAD Act, eligible persons who are diagnosed with a terminal illness may access a lethal dose of medication provided they satisfy the robust safeguards within the VAD Act’s framework. This article provides a brief overview of how the VAD Act will operate and allow eligible persons such access.

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On 3 October 2018, the criteria on which the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority (ACPA) must recommend the Secretary of Health to approve applications to establish or relocate pharmacies changed.  

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