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HomeBuilder continues to support the Mornington Peninsula

Latest figures from Master Builders Australia show that HomeBuilder is helping drive our COVID-19 recovery by pulling Australia’s economy forward and creating real and tangible employment for tradies.   The construction and trades industries are one of the largest employers on the Mornington Peninsula, with almost 15% of the local community employed in the sector.…

$41.7 million boost to commercialise lifesaving medical discoveries

An innovative nasal treatment to fight COVID-19, common colds and flu is being taken to the next stage of testing, thanks to the Morrison Government’s $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund.   Developed by Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory, INNA-051 works by stimulating the innate immune system, the first line of defence against the invasion of…

Work under way on Fraser Coast palliative hospice

Work has begun to construct a $7 million palliative care facility for terminally ill people in Hervey Bay.   The new purpose-built Fraser Coast Hospice will provide 24-hour home-like accommodation, professional and compassionate care to clients at the end of their life, and bereavement care to their families.   Federal Member for Hinkler and Minister…

Australia hosts global summit on healthcare innovation

Australia will share its successful approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pathway ahead as the host of the virtual Global Innovation Summit 2020.   Held over the next two days, the theme of this year’s summit – Crossing the chasm: Health, Innovation and the Future Economy. Participants will explore the impact of COVID-19 from…

$133.5 million for Child, Youth and Perinatal Mental Health

The Morrison Government has today announced an investment of $133.5 million to support child, youth and perinatal mental health programs.   Approximately 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year. In addition, each year…

Cooma’s new $3.25 million clinical training facility open for business

A new clinical training facility at the Cooma Hospital will expand healthcare access for residents across the region following its official opening today. The training facility will support medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn directly from health professionals and pursue their careers in Cooma. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the new…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: PBS expanded listing of Spinraza for pre-symptomatic children and infants with spinal muscular atrophy; Genetic screenings for SMA; Vaping; COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy; Bringing overseas Australians home; International borders; Masks in Victoria. GREG HUNT: Seona and Hugo are parents of Chloe and Matilda, or Tilly. Tilly is a beautiful young girl, four years…

Life-saving SMA medicine to be made available to Australian babies

Access to a life-saving and life-changing medicine will soon be expanded for Australian children and infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), thanks to a breakthrough medicines listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, subsidised access to the life-changing medicine Spinraza® (nusinersen) will be expanded to include children and infants genetically diagnosed with…