Bulk billing rates at record high through COVID-19

Almost nine out of ten visits to the GP across Australia over the year to September were provided at no cost to the patient. For GP services, the bulk-billing rate for the 12 months to September 2020 was 88.7 per cent. This was 2.6 percentage points higher than over the previous year. In total, Medicare…

Major Mornington Peninsula projects ready for 2021

Major Morrison Government infrastructure projects on the Mornington Peninsula are scheduled to get underway in 2021, as confirmed by the Victorian Government. Improvements to the Forest Drive and Uralla Road intersections with the Nepean Highway in Mount Martha, as well as pedestrian upgrades on Frankston-Flinders Road in Balnarring will all begin construction in 2021. In…

Lights shine bright at Rosebud Beach Bowls

Lawn Bowlers in Rosebud will now be able to bowl well into the evening, thanks to the completed installation of lights at the Rosebud Beach Bowls Club. Funded by the Morrison Government and the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the project means that the main green at Rosebud Beach now has competition-grade lighting, meaning the club can…

Australia secures 20 million extra Astra Zeneca vaccines

On the basis of scientific advice, the Australian Government has secured an additional 20 million doses of the promising AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, strengthening Australia’s position for whole-of-population vaccination.   This will mean a total delivery of 53.8 million Astra Zeneca vaccine doses in 2021, covering the whole of population requirements.   The extra 20 million…

$11 million to reduce rates of heartbreaking stillbirths

The Morrison Government will provide $11 million to fast track a new national plan to reduce the number of stillbirths, ensuring families affected get the respectful bereavement care they need.   Tragically, there are six stillbirths each day in Australia. That means suffering and loss for more than 2,000 families every year.   Such loss…

Extending the human biosecurity emergency period by three months

The human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 is set to be extended by an additional three months. The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19, and protect the health of all Australians. These powers have been used on a…

Boost to nursing greatly strengthens our response to pandemic

The Australian Government’s early action to rapidly increase the number of Registered Nurses (RN) who have the necessary skills to treat people infected with COVID-19, has significantly strengthened our ability to respond to the pandemic. The Government provided $6.6 million for the delivery of two nurse training programs in response to COVID-19 – one to…

Congratulations to Australia’s newest nursing and midwifery graduates

Hospitals, clinics, health centres and communities across Australia will be among those to benefit from the graduation of 15,000 new nurses and midwives. The Federal Government congratulates the new health workers who completed their studies and placements in some of the most difficult circumstances faced in living memory. This year’s graduates have succeeded in the…