Doctors call for a national centre for disease control, as coronavirus outbreak spreads

Original article by Cait Kelly
The New Daily – Page: Online : 28-Jan-20

The Australian Medical Association has argued for years that the nation needs a national centre for disease control, and the coronavirus outbreak has led it to repeat its call. AMA president Tony Bartone says having a CDC offers a number of benefits, while he claims that all other OECD member nations have a national CDC. The coronavirus has resulted in at least 80 deaths and infected 2,744 people in China, while it has spread to a number of other countries. The World Health Organization has stated that it is too soon to declare the coronavirus a global health emergency.

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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

HIV-positive health workers could see restrictions relaxed

Original article by Julia Medew
The Age – Page: 3 : 24-Jul-14

The Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) will on 24 July 2014 issue new draft guidelines that allow health professionals with blood-borne viruses to perform "exposure-prone" procedures. This would align the local profession with rules already in effect in the UK, and cover hepatitis B and C as well as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. No mandatory testing is proposed, but HIV-positive surgeons, dentists, obstetricians and gynaecologists for example who are infected and fail to follow the CDNA guidelines could be prosecuted under federal laws

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COMMUNICABLE DISEASES NETWORK OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND|MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA