New 3D printing laboratory at the forefront of facial surgery

A new 3D printing laboratory officially opened today in Melbourne has the potential to revolutionise how we repair and augment bones in the head, skull and face.   Australian company Anatomics opened its 3D printing polymer laboratory, where it will develop its new porous plastic implant material, known as ‘StarPore’ – the first synthetic product…

National headspace Day 2019

Today is National headspace Day, which puts the issue of young Australians’ mental health in the spotlight.   The day draws attention to a significant national issue and encourages young people to discuss their mental health, and take steps to improve their wellbeing.   About 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a…

$3 million for research into medicinal cannabis benefits

The Morrison Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients.   Since her own battle, Ms Olivia Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research, and through her personal experience and…

$8 million for ground-breaking clinical trials

The Morrison Government is investing $8 million in world-class clinical trials focusing on conditions affecting the heart, preterm baby lungs, the brain, infection control and dementia. Five Australian-led trials will receive funding from the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund International Clinical Trial Collaborations program. Researchers at the University of Western Australia will receive $1.8 million…

Progressing the long-term plan for stem cell research

The Morrison Government is pleased to announce the next step in the $150 million Stem Cell Therapies Mission, with the release of the draft Roadmap for public consultation, which will help guide this 10-year investment in medical research.   The Mission is an opportunity for world-class Australian researchers, to further investigate an area that presents…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins October 1

October 1 is the commencement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   It is yet another strong reminder to all Australian women they should put their health and well-being first.   Early detection remains the best chance of survival.   It is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74…

Cheaper Medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from October 1, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient. Medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy will now be…

Sunrise interview with David Koch

E&OE…                       Topics: Cheaper medicines for over 500,000 patients; Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme price reductions; expanding the expiry date of prescriptions.   DAVID KOCH: Now, changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will see more than half a million Aussie patients get cheaper medicines.   The plan, which comes into effect tomorrow, will cut the price of…

ABC Interview with Jon Faine

E&OE…                       Topics: New funding for childhood cancer; new medication for short bowel syndrome; new initiatives for regional healthcare access; children’s anxiety over climate change; Australia’s emissions; Plastics in the ocean; Vaping; ACT cannabis legislation, W.A assisted dying; Liberal Party spill books; Frydenberg, Liu court of disputed returns.   JON FAINE: Greg Hunt is the…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Inaugural Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness; Cannabis legalisation in the ACT   OWEN FINEGAN: Just obviously first going to welcome all the stakeholders on behalf of the Kids’ Cancer Project. It’s been a really exciting three or four years for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September and really excited about the announcement today…