Update on COVID-19 in Australia

Australia now has a total of 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19, following three additional cases of people with direct links to Iran.   The latest confirmed case is in Tasmania, a 40 year old man who has recently returned from Iran.   This follows the first death of an Australian with COVID-19 infection early yesterday.…

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Western Australian COVID-19 case

It is with great sadness that the Australian Government notes the death of a 78-year-old man in Western Australia with COVID-19 infection.   Our condolences go to his family and friends at this difficult time.   The man was one of the Australian citizens from the Diamond Princess whom the Australian Government assisted to depart…

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Press Conference – Melbourne

GREG HUNT: Thank you everybody for joining us, I’m joined by Professor Brendan Murphy, the Chief Medical Officer of Australia this afternoon. Under the Prime Minister’s leadership, the National Security Council has met and made decisions to lift the travel advisories for Iran and to impose certain restrictions as a consequence of the spread of…

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More contraceptive choice for Australian women

Australian women will soon have access to a new form of contraceptive with the Morrison Government a new listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   On March 1, Kyleena® (levonorgestrel), a long-acting reversible hormone-releasing intrauterine system (IUS) contraceptive, will be listed on the PBS for the first time, giving Australian women more choice.  …

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First National Action Plan for rare diseases

The Morrison Government will provide up to $3.3 million for activities to implement the first National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases, which was launched today.   The Action Plan will increase awareness and promote earlier, more accurate diagnosis and treatment for around two million Australians suffering from rare diseases.   Rare diseases are having…

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$2 million for vital coronavirus research

Applications have opened for the Australian Government’s $2 million grant opportunity to support research into development of a vaccine to protect against novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 represents a significant and urgent threat to global health, with the overwhelming majority of cases in Wuhan City in China, and increasing numbers in other countries, including Australia. The…

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