Australian made nasal swab kits for COVID-19 testing

The Australian Government has signed a $3.7 million contract with a Melbourne company to supply sterile nasal swab kits to the National Medical Stockpile.   3DMeditech will supply Australian made, 3D printed nasopharyngeal swab kits. The kits will be issued from the stockpile to general practitioners, private pathology providers and state and territory governments according…

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Health and medical research priorities to benefit all Australians

A national consultation process will guide the third set of the Morrison Government’s ground-breaking Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities for 2020–2022.   This consultation process will ensure the MRFF continues to target national health priorities for better health outcomes.   Determining future health priorities is about taking into account…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy supports early access to, and delivery of, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, as soon as they become available.   The Australian Government is pursuing a diversified COVID-19 vaccine strategy, ensuring that Australia is well placed to access a successful vaccine.   To date our Government has announced…

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Australia leading the fight against FASD

As part of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, the Morrison Government has committed nearly $24 million of funding for FASD Diagnostic and Support Services.   FASD is a brain injury resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol. It is a tragic problem – a preventable disorder that has a dreadful impact on mothers,…

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Australia leads way on global health action

Australia has led a successful push for worldwide action to tackle two key global health issues – cervical cancer and eye health.   The Morrison Government welcomes the recent adoption of two Australian-led resolutions by member states of the World Health Organization (WHO):   Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control: Accelerating the Elimination of Cervical Cancer…

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