Australian confirmed cases of novel coronavirus on cruise vessel

Thirteen cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Australia – the latest being an eight-year-old boy from Wuhan in China.   Importantly, of the 13 patients, three have recovered from the virus, and the others are understood to be in a stable condition.   A further two Australians on board a cruise ship…

$32 million to turn more research ideas into reality

Australia’s world leading health and medical researchers will have a greater chance of discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, thanks to a new grant from the Morrison Government.   The $32 million investment – through the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative – will boost Australia’s success in turning innovative…

Press Conference – Parliament House – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus update.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, everyone.   I’m joined by Professor Paul Kelly, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, who is also a leading Australian epidemiologist.   So a specialist in contagious diseases. I want to begin by updating the figures on both the global and the Australian confirmed cases of…

58,000 type 1 diabetics to have free access to new glucose monitoring device

Australians with type one diabetes will soon have free access to the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system, thanks to the Morrison Government’s $300 million Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.   The FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring device measures glucose levels without the use of lancets, test strips and blood.   A sensor worn on the…

Update on Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said “The WHO has advised that all countries should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of…

Government invests $5 million in lung cancer research

The Morrison Government is investing $5 million in an Australian first genomics project to support personalised treatments for patients with lung cancer.   The ground-breaking ‘ASPiRATION’ project is a genomic profiling research project for 1,000 Australians with newly diagnosed metastatic, non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer.   The study is jointly funded by the Federal Government…

Updated community advice on novel coronavirus

The Australian Government is updating its advice to the Australian Community regarding the Novel Coronavirus, which is based on the latest medical advice.   The updated advice to the Australian community follows new recommendations today from the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer on behalf of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).   The AHPPC…

Sunrise interview with Samantha Armytage

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus in Australia.   SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: A family of four is now being tested in a Sydney hospital for coronavirus.   The tests come as health authorities confirmed a female university student has the potentially deadly bug.   The 21-year-old flew into Sydney from Wuhan last week, she’s the fourth person in…