Update on novel coronavirus in Australia

Four cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have now been confirmed in Australia – one in Victoria and three in New South Wales.   The first case was confirmed in Victoria yesterday, with the three in New South Wales confirmed later in the day.   The Commonwealth Department of Health is in close contact with Victorian…

First confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Australia

The first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed by Victoria Health Authorities this morning. The Commonwealth Department of Health is in close contact with Victorian health authorities and has notified the World Health Organization. The patient, a man from Wuhan, flew to Melbourne from Guandong on 19 January. Minister for Health Greg Hunt…

Action on National Dust Disease Taskforce interim advice

The Morrison Government is acting to accept all five recommendations from the interim advice of the National Dust Disease Taskforce. There is an emerging trend of new cases of accelerated silicosis, a preventable occupational lung disease occurring in workers as a result of exposure to silica dust, in parts of Australia. This can occur in…

Statement – Department of Health Secretary

I join the Prime Minister in providing my deepest thanks to Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM for her distinguished public service career which has spanned over 30 years.   Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM has been an outstanding Secretary of the Department of Health since her appointment to the position in September 2017.   Ms Beauchamp has…

Building community confidence in 5G safety

The Morrison Government is investing $9 million over four years to build public confidence in the safety of telecommunications networks – including new 5G mobile networks – and to address misinformation about electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions which has caused concern in some parts of the community.   New initiatives include additional scientific research and further…

$5 million for bushfire related health research

The current bushfire crisis that is impacting large parts of Australia has devastated individuals and communities. The Australian Government is taking action on this significant public health problem.   The medium-term health effects of the recent bushfires will be studied under two major research streams commissioned by the Government.   The Government will provide $5…

Improving recycled water infrastructure on the Mornington Peninsula

The Morrison Government is helping to improve community water supply by delivering $300,000 for improved recycled water infrastructure on the Mornington Peninsula.   The project will deliver Grade-A recycled water from Melbourne Water’s South Eastern Outfall at Emil Madsen Reserve on Wooralla Drive in Mt Eliza, to a storage dam on Mornington Golf Course.  …

Immediate mental health services deployed into fire affected communities

More mental health support services will be immediately provided to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an initial $76 million would fund free counselling sessions, extra Medicare and tele-health consultations, an expansion of headspace services for young Australians, and community recovery initiatives. “These bushfires…