News Roundup for 6 July 2015


  • Minister Joyce says the Australian Government is serious about ensuring farmers get a fair deal for their efforts.

    Minister Joyce says the Australian Government is serious about ensuring farmers get a fair deal for their efforts.

The Australian Government has acted on concerns raised by farmers about supply chain transparency during the consultation phase of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the white paper would commit $11.4 million to establish an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Commissioner dedicated to agriculture as well as supporting capability at the ACCC concerned with agriculture supply chain issues.

“Many stakeholders were concerned with the lack of transparency in supply chains and the anti competitive distortions that can result—all too often to the detriment of our farmers,” Minister Joyce said.

“The new Commissioner, combined with the new dedicated agricultural-focus of the ACCC, will give the ACCC additional agricultural skills and knowledge to address the concerns of farmers.


MJA Insights
Be alert for Lyme disease

Charlotte Mitchell
Monday, 6 July, 2015
Be alert for Lyme disease
WHILE debate over the existence of Lyme disease in Australia continues, experts agree on the importance of GPs being alert to the disease in patients who have travelled overseas.
Professor Miles Beaman, medical director of Western Diagnostic Pathology and clinical professor of microbiology at the University of WA, told MJA InSightthat “despite the press hysteria, there is no endemic Lyme disease in Australia”.
“Cases that do occur are imported from a known endemic area — which is most of the rest of the world.”
Professor Beaman was responding to a report published this week in the MJA which detailed the first case of Lyme neuroborreliosis in a returned Australian traveller. (1)>more

Drug Topics
Oregon pharmacists gain provider status

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that authorizes pharmacists in that state to be paid for clinical services and expands collaborative practice agreements.

HB 2028 also directs the Oregon Health Authority to work with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to establish protocols for services such as smoking cessation and travel medicine.

Pharmacist provider status gains traction

“Pharmacists play an essential role in assuring access to quality, cost-effective care,” Cory Huot, chair of the Oregon State Pharmacy Coalition,” stated in a release. “Pharmacists are a critical part of the healthcare team, and have the education, the expertise, and now the opportunity, to make a difference in the health and wellness of all Oregonians.”

Oregon joins California and Washington as states that have already authorized pharmacists to be paid for various clinical services.

food printing book

New Book Explores Possibilities of the Upcoming Food 3D Printing Revolution


While it could easily be argued that food is among the most fascinating and media relevant 3D printing applications, it seems to me that it is also the one that is farther behind in exploring its realistic, commercial possibilities. That’s because we have not even found an accurate definition of what a 3D food printer actually is, let alone developed software to actually print ready-to-eat dishes.

To help us better understand these concepts, Michael Petch and Aaron Council have published a new book focused specifically on 3D food printing and currently available – for a limited time – as a free download for Kindle from It’s titled “Future Food: How Cutting Edge Technology Will Change the Way You Eat“.


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