A new plan to tackle kidney disease

The Morrison Government has today launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Kidney Disease and awarded $3.5 million in funding to organisations to take immediate action.   1.7 million Australian adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease, however less than 10 per cent are aware they have the condition.   In 2017, 17,000 Australians…

$2.4 Billion health plan to fight COVID-19

The Australian Government has unveiled a comprehensive $2.4 billion health package to protect all Australians, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic conditions and Indigenous communities, from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The package provides unprecedented support across primary care, aged care, hospitals, research and the national medical stockpile. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said…

$4.9 million for collaborative health and medical research for all Australians

The Morrison Government is providing more than $4.8 million for research initiatives that will lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as suicide prevention, gestational weight gain and low back pain.   The latest round of funding through the Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Projects scheme will…

Australia’s third centre for innovation in regional health recognises Northern Queensland’s leadership in research based health care

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre in North Queensland has become the third Centre for Innovation in Regional Health accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).   The Centre has demonstrated research excellence and leadership in research based clinical care and training, in addressing the region’s healthcare needs.   The Minister for Health,…

National Plastics Summit signals change for plastic recycling

The Morrison Government has concluded the first ever National Plastics Summit, reinforcing its commitment to working with industry to increase our recycling capabilities, ensuring markets for recycled products and reducing plastic waste.   Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said Monday’s National Plastics Summit, attended by more than 200 representatives from local…

Increased restrictions for people who have travelled to Iran

Australia’s chief health protection body, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, is urging anyone who has returned to Australia from Iran since 19 February 2020 to self-isolate at home and closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after they left Iran.   Iran reported its first COVID-19 case on 20 February 2020 and this grew…

Update on COVID-19 in Australia – Community Transmission

Australia has seen its first community transmission of COVID-19. Bringing the total of confirmed cases to 33.   This case underlines the fact that Australia is not immune from COVID-19. COVID-19 represents a significant risk to Australia – and we continue to manage that risk based on the best and latest medical advice.   Our…

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.…

Professor Michael Kidd appointed to advise on Primary Health Reforms

The Morrison Government welcomes the appointment of Professor Michael Kidd AM as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University.   This appointment further strengthens the Government’s focus on delivering major primary health care reforms for the benefit of all Australians.   This is…