Health Professionals support COVIDSafe app

As key representatives of Australia’s health professions this joint statement, with the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, supports and approves the COVIDSafe app as a critical tool in helping our nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic, protect and save lives. The COVIDSafe app has been created as a public health initiative, which…

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, National Cabinet agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability (the Plan). The Plan forms part of the national response developed by the Government…

Additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol services during COVID-19

Online and phone support services for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems will receive an additional $6 million from the Australians Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Funding will be provided to support the following services:   $2 million to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to deliver an information and awareness campaign to make Australians…

COVID-19: rapid response boost for Australia’s intensive care units

Ensuring Australian hospitals are able to respond rapidly in the event of increased patient demand during the COVID-19 health emergency is a national priority. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Government has funded and launched the Critical Health Resource Information System (CHRIS) that will operate in all public and private hospitals with Intensive…

Elective surgery restrictions eased

The Australian Government in partnership with states and territories, peak surgical bodies, the AMA and the private hospital sector will be increasing the availability of elective surgery in a safe and carefully considered way which ensures the wellbeing of both patients and healthcare workers.   This is possible due to the strong collaboration across governments…

headspace Rosebud opens for the community

Young people on the Peninsula will now be able to access better mental health support with the opening of a new headspace satellite service in Rosebud. Supplementing the services of the existing headspace centre in Frankston, the Rosebud satellite will provide three of the four core headspace streams. The service will also provide outreach support…

Australians embrace telehealth to save lives during COVID-19

More than 4.3 million health and medical services have now been delivered to a total of more than three million patients through the telehealth items introduced by the Australian Government for the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of telehealth instead of face-to-face consultations is helping to stop the spread of the virus, protecting both patients and…

Record 16.5 million flu vaccine doses to protect Australians

The Australian Government has secured three million additional doses of seasonal influenza vaccines to protect Australians from the flu, bringing the total number of flu vaccines available for Australians to 16.5 million for 2020. These additional three million flu vaccines will be available through GPs and community pharmacies over April, May and June. This includes…

58 million face masks arrive to protect health workers from COVID-19

The Australian Government has now received 58 million protective face masks that will help provide essential protection for frontline health workers at risk of COVID-19. The protective face masks have arrived ahead of the scheduled delivery date of the end of April, and in greater numbers than the 54 million previously predicted. They will allow…

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, National Cabinet agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability (the Plan). The Plan forms part of the national response developed by the Government…