Two million more face masks for Victorian aged care and disability workers

All aged care workers across Victoria will now be required to wear face masks. The precautionary measure, expanded state wide after consultation between Federal and State Governments, will provide extra confidence that vulnerable senior citizens will receive the highest level of protection against COVID-19. It applies to both residential care and home support care workers.…

Morrison and Marshall Governments come together to support Australians with lymphoedema

Australians diagnosed with lymphoedema now have greater access to therapeutic compression garments, thanks to investments from the Morrison Government and South Australian Marshall Government.   The Morrison Government has committed $2 million a year for lymphoedema support at the National level. That funding will begin immediately and be ongoing, while the Marshall Liberal Government will…

COVID-19: over 1 million online training completions

Over one million people have completed the Australian Government’s Infection Control Training Module: How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19. This training is part of the Government’s health response to COVID-19, to support our key people working in the health and aged care sector in this crucial…

$25 million delivered for National Centre of Coasts and Climate at Point Nepean

The Morrison Government is investing $25 million for the construction one of the world’s great marine and oceanographic research and education centres on the historic site of the Quarantine Station Precinct at Point Nepean, Victoria. The four-year grant agreement has been finalised with the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Monash University, to build the…

Helping small business lower power bills

As the economy recovers from COVID19, the Morrison Government is helping small businesses to lower their power bills. From 6 July, small businesses across Australia can apply for a share in $9 million of grants under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program. Up to $20,000 will be available to small businesses with an annual turnover…

National Diabetes Week 2020: Heads Up on diabetes

National Diabetes Week begins today and aims to address a burdensome side effect too many Australians with diabetes experience. The focus of National Diabetes Week 2020 is on the mental and emotional health issues faced by people with diabetes. The Heads Up on Diabetes campaign will raise awareness of this burden and the support available.…

Continuous care with telehealth stage seven

In a major boost for primary health care, the Australian Government is further strengthening telehealth arrangements as recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and other medical experts.   Under stage seven of telehealth reforms announced today, Medicare-subsidised telehealth services, introduced as a key part of…

Medicare bulk-billing rate remains high at 86.1 per cent

Over the past 12 months, 86.1% of Australians did not have to pay to visit their GP. Figures for the past 12 months show: • An increase of more than 5.5 million free bulk-billed GP visits compared to the same period last year • The number of fully subsidised services across Medicare rose with an…

Better protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal diseases

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) has been amended from 1 July 2020 to improve protection for those most at risk against the potentially fatal meningococcal disease.   For the first time, the Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero®) is being made available for free to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants under two years, who are almost…

$4.5 million for Indigenous Health Website

The Australian Government will provide almost $4.5 million to Edith Cowan University in Western Australia to continue support for its Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website and associated resources.   The website provides easy access to a wide range of information as well as a knowledge exchange and online discussions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.…