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.…

$19 million for Artificial Intelligence health research projects

The Morrison Government is investing $19 million in transformative medical research projects using game-changing applied artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, to improve the ways we prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions.   The Government is providing more than $8 million for two projects that will use AI to improve mental health treatments…

Prescription Nicotine Based Vaping

Australia’s medical experts, including the AHPPC, have warned of the health dangers of e-cigarettes.   This is consistent with the existing ban in all states and territories on the sale of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine.   Smoking rates in Australia have declined significantly over the past two decades, from 22.3 per cent in 2001 to…

$21.8 million for neurological disorders research

The Morrison Government is investing $21.8 million in vital research that could mean major breakthroughs in treating a range of neurological disorders, including early Alzheimer’s disease, autism and encephalitis.   This research could change lives. It could save lives.   Neurological disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent in Australia. They account for a third of all…

Victorians with cold and flu symptoms urged to get tested for COVID-19

Almost 90 clinics have now been established across Victoria to test people with cold and flu symptoms for COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.   The Australian Government is encouraging all Victorians with such symptoms, especially those living in one of the six identified coronavirus hotspots, to be tested at a GP-led Respiratory Clinic (GPRC) or Victorian…