New medicine to improve the lives of more than half a million Aussies

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are set for a boost with the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.   COPD is a progressive disease which causes shortness of breath, coughing and excess mucus production. Patients describe their daily battle as…

Funding to combat Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 and emerging communicable diseases in remote communities

The Turnbull Government will provide $8 million to form a taskforce, in collaboration with the states and territories, to combat emerging communicable diseases in remote communities including Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 (HTLV-1). Led by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, the taskforce will bring together Aboriginal communities, relevant health providers, researchers, clinicians and…

Entrepreneurship facilitators to help older Australians work for themselves

The Turnbull Government’s 2018–19 Budget includes the More Choices for a Longer Life package, which invests in a range of jobs and skills measures, including help for older Australians to explore self-employment. The $189.7 million package includes $17.7 million for an expansion of the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to 20 additional locations to promote self-employment among…

Protecting older Australians in aged care facilities

The Turnbull Government is taking further action to protect older Australians, with an investment of nearly $2 million going into research to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance in aged care facilities. Antibiotic resistance in Australia has meant some infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat, leaving healthcare professionals with limited, or in some rare…