New HeadtoHelp Mental Health Clinics for Victoria

From today, Victorians will have access to additional free mental health support with 15 new dedicated mental health clinics opening to the public. The clinics, announced on 17 August as part of a $31.9 million federal government mental health package to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been rapidly rolled out across the state…

Government launches new COVID-19 Mental Health Clinics in Victoria

From Monday 14 September 2020, Victorians will have access to additional mental health support with 15 new dedicated mental health clinics opening to the public.   The clinics, announced on 17 August as part of a $31.9 million federal government mental health package to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been rapidly rolled out…

Salvation Army residential rehab in Townsville opens

Adults and young people across Townsville and the region will have increased access to drug and alcohol treatment services as a result of an Australian Government investment of more than $6 million in the Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, welcomed the opening…

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…

Enhancing Suicide Prevention on R U OK & World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day, the Australian Government is officially launching vital suicide prevention aftercare services in six states and territories, as well as providing a further $19 million to extend leading national suicide prevention services.   Suicide prevention is a key priority for the Australian Government. In 2018,…

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…

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…

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,…