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The information in this publication is current at the date of first publication and is intended to be a guide of a general nature only, and therefore may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. Nor is this publication exhaustive of the subject matter. Anyone implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances. Following any recommendations cannot of itself guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others interacting with the health professional and the premises from which the health professional operates.

Although the information has been written for health professionals who have appropriate qualifications and skills to determine and discharge their professional (including legal) duties, it is not to be regarded as clinical advice. In particular, it should not be used as a substitute for a full examination and consideration of medical history in reaching a diagnosis and treatment based on accepted clinical practices.

Accordingly, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and its employees and agents shall have no liability (including without limitation liability by reason of negligence) to anyone who uses the information in this publication for any loss or damage (consequential or otherwise), or expense incurred or arising as a result of any person using or relying on the information in this publication, and whether as a result of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation in the information.