Funding boost for covid-19 research

The Australian Government is backing several Australian research projects aimed at finding breakthrough treatments, diagnostics and – the ultimate – a vaccine in the fight against COVID-19. Our Government has allocated $10.4 million for 13 early stage biomedical projects through Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) program, which forms part of the landmark Medical Research Future Fund…

Local Taskforce to Aid Jobs Recovery on the Mornington Peninsula

Recognising the importance of local knowledge, the Australian Government is investing $62.8 million in a Local Jobs Program to support the jobs recovery on the Mornington Peninsula from COVID-19 and to help Australians get back into work.   As part of the program, 14 new Employment Facilitators, in addition to the existing 11 facilitators, will…

$16.9 million investment for Australian health and medical research

The Morrison Government is proud to have invested more than $1 billion in ground breaking medical research through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.   As part of this investment, more than $16.9 million has been awarded to researchers to study women’s health issues and aspects of…

Record Medicare bulk-billing rates through COVID-19

Record GP bulk billing rates under Medicare reached 87.5 per cent in 2019–20. This means that on average, more than 8 out of 10 visits to the GP were provided with no out-of-pocket cost. In total, Medicare services increased to 428.3 million with total benefits reaching $24.7 billion. To ensure Australians have access to the…

Additional funding to reinforce Australia’s aged care sector

The Australian Government will provide an additional $563.3 million to extend support for the aged care sector’s response to COVID-19, announced in March and subsequently as part of the Aged Care response plan. This takes our Government’s support to senior Australians in Aged Care to over $1.5 billion since the pandemic began. We are committed…

Improving health care for people with intellectual disability

GPs and other health professionals in four regions will receive greater support to enable them to provide more effective care to people with intellectual disability.   The Morrison Government will provide a total of $5.75 million to four Primary Health Networks to lead development of the Primary Care Enhancement Program for people with intellectual disability.…

Support for remote Indigenous communities at high risk from COVID-19

New modelling confirms the vital importance of continuing support and resources provided to remote communities to protect them from COVID-19. Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease 2.3 times the rate of other Australians, which increases their risk of severe illness from the virus. While no cases of the coronavirus…

COVID-19: new funding for clinical trials

The Australian Government is providing $25 million for our best and brightest health and medical researchers to find breakthroughs in preventing and treating COVID-19. Research is a key weapon in the fight against COVID-19 – and this funding will help to ensure that Australian researchers are on the frontline of the fight. The Government will…

New deal secures potential COVID-19 vaccine for every Australian

Australians will be among the first in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if it proves successful, through an agreement between the Australian Government and UK-based drug company AstraZeneca. Under the deal, every single Australian will be able to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for free, should trials prove successful, safe and effective.…