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Reminder 2.4 % Staff Award Pay Rise from 1st July 2016?

According to Fair Work Australia, did you know that on the 1st July 2016 your staff may be legally entitled up to a 2.4 % pay rise? Also just announced is a new option for people to be paid out their four weeks’ annual leave. Just ensure it is in writing!

If you are thinking of absorbing future wage increases, ensure you have properly implemented the employment laws with the right employment agreements in place, or your practice will risk fines of up to $54,000 per breach. It only takes one staff member to complain before the bad news spreads. There are better solutions. Freezing staff wages should be a last resort as it will hurt staff morale. For more ideas on how to avoid negative impacts of the wage rise for your practice read on.
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To reduce fatal medical errors, look to the world of accountancy...

AFTER heart attacks and cancer, medical errors are the third biggest cause of death in Australia. And believe it or not, there’s an easy solution without having to invest the billions we spend on other medical research.

Human error accounts for about 40 deaths per day in Australia’s health care system, according to a recent BMJ study. A further 50,000 Australians are injured annually through medical mistakes. In comparison, Australia’s national death road toll is far lower at 1,400 a year. We have an internationally proven solution. What do you think?
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David Dahm's new national medical media blog....

I was honoured to receive contact from the influential Medical Observer paper to publish a new blog normally reserved for the medical profession. Their website receives over 110,000 influential reader visits per month.  

My first post was why the medical and healthcare profession does not have peer reviewed internationally accepted healthcare and ethical standards like the accounting profession.

Why do they leave it up to the government to regulate? Is this a good thing for patients and providers? The paper was pleased to report that the blog had already received 500 views within a few days. I hope you help me start influencing change in our healthcare system for the better. To join and share this and many more challenging discussion read on.

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David speaking at the AAPM national conference, Melbourne 20th October 2016

We are pleased to announce David was invited to speak at the influential AAPM 2016 national conference. His topic is A Fair Go for Patients and Providers. This is  a solution for the local and international healthcare system is receiving critical acclaim. 

David came up with this solution after being approached  by Charlie Teo neurosurgeon and founder of Health Practitioners' Australia Reform Association (HPARA organization to present  a solution to fix vexatious complaints.

The solution has won national and international support from leading Professors, Doctors, politicians and the public. See Key Letters of Support.  We want this important discussion to continue as it will unlock many positive outcomes for all stakeholders in the healthcare industry. If you would like to attend read on.
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Doctors and Staff Contracts the video!

 Thanks to all of you who have watched this video. We have received a surprising response.

Thanks to our friend Gary Smith from Armchair Medical and the East Melbourne PHN, we have produced a live recording from the East Melbourne PHN seminar series David Dahm recently presented on Doctor and Staff Contracts.
We hope this video will clear up any common confusion between contractors and employees as well as commonly asked staff Award issues such as overtime and penalty rates. For the video see http://www.armchairmedical.com/david_dahm/

If you would like us to present a compelling series based on real life, proven cases on  improving practice performance, doctor, dental , allied health and staff contracts, successful practice models and succession planning at your next Practice Manager Meeting or Conference anywhere in Australia let your Primary Healthcare Network, Australian Association of Practice Managers, or your local medical, dental or healthcare association know and ask them to email 
David Dahm at pa@healthandlife.com.au or call us on 1800 077 222.      

We can also organise a free no obligation review of your structures and arrangements and a catch up when we present in your local area. Just email David Dahm at pa@healthandlife.com.au or call us on 1800 077 222.

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Health and Life in the National Media

As, our regular readers, know Health and Life are interviewed a lot for their opinion. It has been another busy session. The most read article was in Medical Observer 5 tips GP's can take from dentists plus much more. 

LIKENING doctors to dentists may be like comparing apples to oranges, but the two professions can still learn from each other. To read this article and catch up on all the other articles we have appeared in the last few months read on.

National Health Media News Round Up (new)

This is a new section. These are the latest articles on practice tips such as patients are their own worst enemy to the most recent practice financial incentives. They include updates on how the national media have reported issues from our news alert series which has vindicated critical observations we have made or key areas to watch that will affect you.

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Do you have empty consulting rooms or appointment slots?
Free GP and Allied Health Recruitment Service 

22 New Exciting Positions nationally available- GP with or without a view to ownership - Offering up to 70% depending on private billing. Urban or rural areas anywhere in Australia. Now recruiting from the UK. In our current issue, our feature practices are Grantham House (WA) and Richmond Health Clinic (SA).

New Health and Life Uber (Virtual) buying group:
Knowledge can save you!

New service: Uber buying group – the price of certainty? How to keep practice costs down. We live in an “Uber” world of hyper competition.
This month, we announce a new opportunity for both practices and suppliers.  We want to assist in building relationships based on trust between practices and suppliers, make life easier and beneficial for both. 
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Welcome Armchair Medical
Knowledge can save you!

Armchair has worked pro bono for your industry, and you will find more Health and Life video's here. So I thought it was worth covering their innovative story that you or a friend might find helpful.

You know how I like to save you money or help make your processes more efficient. Well, you should check out the new Armchair Medical iPhone/iPad app released this month, if you are a GP it will save you money, save you time and help you educate yourself in a far more efficient manner. 

Download the app, there is a free 30-day trial, watch my lectures in the finance channel, browse their 39 other channels, sample any of the other 600 or so lectures and if you think this app will save you time and money, subscribe to it.

Here's the link to the armchair medical app https://geo.itunes.apple.com/au/app/armchair-medical/id1087154093?mt=8&at=1001lc9J Try it out, I think you'll love it.

If you'd like to know more watch this short youtube video and see it in action https://youtu.be/jJQtMSLI2ME
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Need a FREE and discreet second opinion?
Want to know how other practices do it?

Recent national medical media reports that practices that set key performance indicators that are monitored can make a difference if you want to provide sustainable high-quality care. We reported  this in our last newsletter topic called  4 key areas to look at

Our clients have reported excellent feedback on our new and existing services, which provide ideas on how to implement changes to your practice strategy.  These changes will assist your practice to maximise its potential in the context of current big-picture national changes.
We can offer a free review of your strategy, structures and arrangements at no obligation:  just email David Dahm at pa@healthandlife.com.au. If you are still not sure read on at 

Many of our clients have taken advantage our new and free quarterly national feedback and mentoring program for our accounting clients*. You can now tap into over 25 years of national experience and advice, as well as our curated data on the 1,200 practices we have assisted over this time. We can help you to answer your most difficult questions, and provide insight into any opportunities or possibilities that you may have on your mind.
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Less pain if you restructure practice now!
5 simple reasons why you should restructure your practice today!

The pressure to operate efficiently and effectively has never been so great. Practices want to groworganically, make their practice succession-planning friendly, family friendly, tax friendly, asset protection friendly and investment friendly.
Setting up new business structures, systems and training take time. We can hep you now. The immediate cost benefits of restructuring will take effect as soon as they are implemented. Contact us now if you are serious about restructuring your practice. You deserve to eat well and sleep well!
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Health and Life's
2016 Employment Template Kit (updated) including the new GP Registrar minimum terms and conditions.

This Fair Work friendly tested employment package has a letter of offer and job description templates. 
This includes the revamped  2015 GP Registrar employment terms and conditions and the new 2016 ACCC standard contract laws.
Clients report this has significantly reduced costs, disputes and potential fines of up to $54,000 per breach for non-compliance. Free upgrades are available to practices that have bought our kit in the last 12 months. A small upgrade fee applies to clients who have purchased a copy greater than 12 months ago. 
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An Entrepreneur’s Story: Money Does not buy happiness!
Find out why David started Health and Life

David Dahm talking with Adelaide University students about career choices in life.
David Dahm agreed to this interview about to help students decide what the right career decision may be for them. Have you ever wondered what David’s motivation might be for his passionate involvement in the health care system? Look no further than this true story about how David started Health & Life and some of the ups and downs of his experience. We hope you like it and share with your children. This is for them. 
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Health and Life's Web Statistics

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We enjoy your feedback and hope to bring more valuable content to you. Thank you to all of you who have visited our website and have contacted us with your feedback.

If you look carefully at the image, you can see in the last three weeks readers from all over Australia like you who follow us. You can find us at www.healthandlife.com.au

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Where to from here?
Consult your professional adviser in relation to any advice suggested or contact us at 1800 077 222 or email pa@healthandlife.com.au to David Dahm CEO & Founder of Health and Life for a  confidential free and no obligation chat.

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If you are not sure about any issues raised in this broadcast, contact our CEO & Founder David Dahm on 1800 077 222 for an initial, no obligation consult or email us at pa@healthandlife.com.au.  Health and Life provides comprehensive Practice consulting, accounting, taxation and financial planning advice for group practices and individuals. Email us for information about our  Employment Template Kit for providers and support staff and our Doctors Pay Calculator.

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