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Early breast cancer clinical guidance

A new digital resource is available providing health professionals with about 200 up-to-date evidence-based recommendations and practice points aimed at optimising outcomes for women and men with breast cancer. Cancer Australia’s Guidance for the Manage­ment of Early Breast Cancer covers treatment planning, information and support; treatment options; and follow up and survivorship care for people with early breast cancer from diagnosis onwards. Cancer Australia says the guidance, available at https://www.guidancebreastcancer.gov.au, is a tool for shared decision-making between health professionals and patients.

Antimicrobials: areas of high use

Although there has been a downward trend in Australia’s national antimicrobial dispensing rates between 2013–14 and 2017–18, there has been a sustained pattern of high use in some of the most disadvantaged areas of major cities, with outer areas of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne having the highest dispensing rates, according to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s report Antimicrobial Medicines Dispensing from 2013–14 to 2017–18. In 2017–18, 28.2 million antimicrobial prescriptions were dispensed, down 7% over five years, but the prescription rate (22.7 defined daily doses per 1000 people in 2017–18) was double that in The Netherlands (8.9) and Sweden (10.8). Read the report at: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/node/5609.