$19 million for Artificial Intelligence health research projects

The Morrison Government is investing $19 million in transformative medical research projects using game-changing applied artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, to improve the ways we prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions.   The Government is providing more than $8 million for two projects that will use AI to improve mental health treatments…

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…

$21.8 million for neurological disorders research

The Morrison Government is investing $21.8 million in vital research that could mean major breakthroughs in treating a range of neurological disorders, including early Alzheimer’s disease, autism and encephalitis.   This research could change lives. It could save lives.   Neurological disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent in Australia. They account for a third of all…

Transcript – Press Conference – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Federal Government commitment of $35 million to rare cancers, rare diseases medical research; spike in COVID cases in Victoria; COVID advice to multicultural communities; testing clinics; hotel quarantine..   DR SHELLEY DOLAN: Good morning everybody. My name is Dr Shelley Dolan, and I am very, very privileged to be the Chief Executive…

Victorians with cold and flu symptoms urged to get tested for COVID-19

Almost 90 clinics have now been established across Victoria to test people with cold and flu symptoms for COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.   The Australian Government is encouraging all Victorians with such symptoms, especially those living in one of the six identified coronavirus hotspots, to be tested at a GP-led Respiratory Clinic (GPRC) or Victorian…

$35.9 million boost for rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet medical needs

The Morrison Government will invest $35.9 million in 17 cutting-edge research projects including projects to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, improve neonatal outcomes and to prevent bone loss in critically ill women.   Melbourne University will receive almost $2.4 million to trial the use of Fibroblastic Activation Protein Inhibitors (FAPI) as a novel…

Transcript – ABC Radio National Interview with Fran Kelly

E&OE…                       Topics: Infection spike in Victoria; potential for localised shutdowns; COVID-19 vaccine development; international borders.   FRAN KELLY: Greg Hunt, welcome to RN Breakfast.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Fran.   FRAN KELLY: The Prime Minister wants the states to get back to business as usual. That’s despite the infection spike we’re seeing in…

Children under five years of age reminded to get their free flu shots

The Morrison McCormack Government is helping parents to protect their children from seasonal influenza, a serious and potentially deadly condition by providing free flu vaccines and an evidence based campaign to increase the uptake of vaccinations.   This year, for the first time, all children aged from six months to less than five years are…