Safer Baby Bundle to reduce stillbirths

A package of education and awareness measures designed to reduce rates of stillbirth, will soon be available for health professionals and pregnant women across Australia.   The Safer Baby Bundle, developed principally by the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Stillbirth at the University of Queensland, will be provided to hospitals in selected areas.  …

ABC Radio interview with Cathy Van Extel

E&OE…                       Topics: Mental Health; Antibiotics repeats; Legalising Euthanasia; Turkish Offensive in Syria.   CATHY VAN EXTEL: Nearly half the Australian population will have a mental health condition in their lifetime and in any one year, about a million adult suffer depression.   Today marks World Mental Health Day. Greg Hunt is the Federal Health…

World Mental Health Day 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day. It is an opportunity to talk and think about how we perceive mental illness in Australia, including removing any stigma around it.   One in five Australians is affected by mental illness each year, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.   Supporting mental health and suicide prevention…

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…