International Nurses Day 2020

The tireless work of Australia’s nurses – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic – have been recognised by the Federal Government as part of International Nurses Day. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the virus emergency had created challenges for many, none were tougher than for our world-class health professionals working on the frontline. Today, 12…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Mental health support for front line health workers; Nursing scholarships announcement; General COVID-19 update; Government’s mental health pandemic plan; Social restrictions; Mother’s Day; Antibody testing.   GREG HUNT: Welcome everybody and I’m delighted to be here at Monash University at the school of nursing.   In particular, I’m joined by the Dean…

COVID-19: Potentially lifesaving immunoglobulin treatment for seriously ill Australians

The Australian Government welcomes the announcement by CSL Behring that Australia will be one of the first countries in the world to start production of a potentially lifesaving plasma-derived treatment for people with COVID-19.   The product, COVID-19 Immunoglobulin, could be used to treat people seriously ill with complications caused by the virus, particularly those…

Over $33 million to boost genomics research into cancers and to combat children’s diseases

The Morrison Government has awarded over $33 million to Australia’s best and brightest researchers to combat high mortality and low survivability cancers and diseases, improve paediatric acute care using genomic medicine, and address the ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care.   These are the first competitive grants announced under our…

headspace Hastings opens

One week after its sister site opened in Rosebud, headspace Hastings is now open for the community.   Co-located at the Atticus Regional Medicentre, headspace Hastings is a new service that complements its parent headspace centre in Dandenong, to provide early intervention mental health support and assistance for young people experiencing complex mental health issues…

Breakthrough new medicine listings on the PBS for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma

There is new hope for thousands of Australians with cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma with new and amended medicines listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today. To help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the Australian Government is expanding subsidised access to a breakthrough medicine that combats high cholesterol, with…