Australia hosts global summit on healthcare innovation

Australia will share its successful approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pathway ahead as the host of the virtual Global Innovation Summit 2020.   Held over the next two days, the theme of this year’s summit – Crossing the chasm: Health, Innovation and the Future Economy. Participants will explore the impact of COVID-19 from…

$133.5 million for Child, Youth and Perinatal Mental Health

The Morrison Government has today announced an investment of $133.5 million to support child, youth and perinatal mental health programs.   Approximately 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year. In addition, each year…

Cooma’s new $3.25 million clinical training facility open for business

A new clinical training facility at the Cooma Hospital will expand healthcare access for residents across the region following its official opening today. The training facility will support medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn directly from health professionals and pursue their careers in Cooma. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the new…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: PBS expanded listing of Spinraza for pre-symptomatic children and infants with spinal muscular atrophy; Genetic screenings for SMA; Vaping; COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy; Bringing overseas Australians home; International borders; Masks in Victoria. GREG HUNT: Seona and Hugo are parents of Chloe and Matilda, or Tilly. Tilly is a beautiful young girl, four years…

Life-saving SMA medicine to be made available to Australian babies

Access to a life-saving and life-changing medicine will soon be expanded for Australian children and infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), thanks to a breakthrough medicines listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, subsidised access to the life-changing medicine Spinraza® (nusinersen) will be expanded to include children and infants genetically diagnosed with…

Government launches enhanced headspace in Busselton

Young people in Busselton and surrounds will now have easier access to mental health services with the opening of an expanded headspace satellite service this week. As part of the Australian Government’s $111.3 million funding commitment to expanding the headspace network, additional ongoing funding has been provided to upgrade the service from an outpost to…

Frankston to Baxter rail upgrade business case released

The electrification and duplication of the Frankston Line to Baxter could directly benefit residents across the entire Mornington Peninsula, according to the federally funded business case. The Commonwealth has committed $228 million to the project, including $3 million for the completion of the preliminary business case by the Victorian Government. Today a summary of the…

Australia well prepared for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is well placed for the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, once clinical trials and the regulator has confirmed safety and effectiveness. Under the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, Australia has secured 134.8 million doses through advance purchasing agreements with four suppliers: AstraZeneca/Oxford, University of Queensland/CSL, Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech. In addition, Australia has…