Support for aged care residents and aged care workers across Victoria

The Australian and Victorian Governments, in collaboration with representatives from the aged care sector, are today announcing additional measures to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and can continue providing quality care.   Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Victorian Minister for Disability,…

$18.8 million to supercharge digital health technologies

The Morrison Government is investing $18.8 million to supercharge the discovery of better treatments for cancer, epilepsy, stroke, paralysis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, brain injuries, back pain and chronic middle ear disease. Under round three of our Government’s $45 million BioMedTech Horizons (BMTH) program, 21 very promising projects will receive funding to help unlock some of…

Review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines: living well for longer

The Australian Government will provide $2.5 million to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to review the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. The review of the guidelines will ensure that Government dietary advice is based on the best and most recent scientific evidence about the types and amount of food we need to have…

Two million more face masks for Victorian aged care and disability workers

All aged care workers across Victoria will now be required to wear face masks. The precautionary measure, expanded state wide after consultation between Federal and State Governments, will provide extra confidence that vulnerable senior citizens will receive the highest level of protection against COVID-19. It applies to both residential care and home support care workers.…

Morrison and Marshall Governments come together to support Australians with lymphoedema

Australians diagnosed with lymphoedema now have greater access to therapeutic compression garments, thanks to investments from the Morrison Government and South Australian Marshall Government.   The Morrison Government has committed $2 million a year for lymphoedema support at the National level. That funding will begin immediately and be ongoing, while the Marshall Liberal Government will…

COVID-19: over 1 million online training completions

Over one million people have completed the Australian Government’s Infection Control Training Module: How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19. This training is part of the Government’s health response to COVID-19, to support our key people working in the health and aged care sector in this crucial…

$25 million delivered for National Centre of Coasts and Climate at Point Nepean

The Morrison Government is investing $25 million for the construction one of the world’s great marine and oceanographic research and education centres on the historic site of the Quarantine Station Precinct at Point Nepean, Victoria. The four-year grant agreement has been finalised with the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Monash University, to build the…

Helping small business lower power bills

As the economy recovers from COVID19, the Morrison Government is helping small businesses to lower their power bills. From 6 July, small businesses across Australia can apply for a share in $9 million of grants under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program. Up to $20,000 will be available to small businesses with an annual turnover…

National Diabetes Week 2020: Heads Up on diabetes

National Diabetes Week begins today and aims to address a burdensome side effect too many Australians with diabetes experience. The focus of National Diabetes Week 2020 is on the mental and emotional health issues faced by people with diabetes. The Heads Up on Diabetes campaign will raise awareness of this burden and the support available.…

Continuous care with telehealth stage seven

In a major boost for primary health care, the Australian Government is further strengthening telehealth arrangements as recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and other medical experts.   Under stage seven of telehealth reforms announced today, Medicare-subsidised telehealth services, introduced as a key part of…