$4.5 million for Indigenous Health Website

The Australian Government will provide almost $4.5 million to Edith Cowan University in Western Australia to continue support for its Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website and associated resources.   The website provides easy access to a wide range of information as well as a knowledge exchange and online discussions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Samantha Armytage

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus cases in Victoria; Lockdown in 36 Suburbs in Melbourne; Mandatory testing.   SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: Residents in 36 suburbs across Melbourne went into lockdown overnight as the state recorded its fifth straight day of more than 40 new cases of coronavirus.   The restrictions came into force at midnight, and residents in…

PBS listings to benefit Australians with type 2 diabetes and small cell lung cancer, emergency dispersing measures of PBS medicines extended

The importance of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has been underlined with new and amended medicines listings on the PBS, and an extension to emergency dispersing measures to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.   From 1 July the medicine Ozempic® (semaglutide) will be listed on the PBS as a new treatment option for type 2…

Vital Australian research projects to fight antimicrobial resistance and TB in the Pacific

Australia’s commitment to support the health and wellbeing of our Pacific Island neighbours remains steadfast, with four new research projects totalling more than $8.3 million to tackle the threat of drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the Pacific region.   DR-TB and AMR are major emerging health threats to Pacific Island countries.…

Prescription Nicotine Based Vaping

Australia’s medical experts, including the AHPPC, have warned of the health dangers of e-cigarettes.   This is consistent with the existing ban in all states and territories on the sale of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine.   Smoking rates in Australia have declined significantly over the past two decades, from 22.3 per cent in 2001 to…