First COVID-19 Vaccine – Pfizer – Training Program

The first Australian Government funded training modules for the COVID-19 vaccination workforce, including for immunisation providers and non-clinical and administration staff, is now available.   The Australian Government has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to develop and deliver the free and accredited training modules for all COVID-19 vaccination providers.   The training is…

Harnessing new technology to save lives

The Morrison Government is committed to preventing future children in Australia suffering from severe mitochondrial disease, a devastating genetic disorder and is calling on the public to share their views through the release of a consultation paper outlining our proposed approach. By harnessing new technologies such as mitochondrial donation, we have the potential to change…

Building a stronger Australian Immunisation Register

Australia’s vaccination system has been strengthened with the passage of new legislation through the Australian Parliament, making it a requirement for all vaccination providers to report life saving vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).   The Australian Immunisation Register is a whole of life, national immunisation register, which records vaccines given to all people…

Vaccine campaign to support culturally and linguistically diverse audiences

The Australian Government’s $31 million COVID-19 vaccination public information campaign is now rolling out across the country, with an additional $1.3 million provided for peak multicultural organsations to help reach culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.   Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia is a key priority for the Australia…

Greater access – additional 10 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines

The Australian Government has secured an additional 10 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID 19 vaccine on the advice of the Scientific Industry Technical Advisory Group on Vaccines led by Professor Brendan Murphy. Through the Government’s Advance Purchase Agreement with Pfizer, this additional 10 million vaccines means Australia will now receive 20 million Pfizer doses…

World Cancer Day 2021: Supporting Australians living with cancer

Today, on World Cancer Day, the Morrison Government recognises the millions of Australians whose lives have been touched by cancer.   The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates more than 48,000 Australians died from cancer in 2020. This disease has a devastating impact on individuals, their families, friends, colleagues and classmates.   World Cancer…

Update on COVID-19 and travel arrangements from New Zealand

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the Commonwealth continue to closely monitor the situation in New Zealand. The Commonwealth and AHPPC are receiving daily briefings on the matter.   Based on updated information from New Zealand today, Acting Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd has recommended the Commonwealth not extend the pause in…

Community Pharmacy to join COVID-19 vaccine workforce

Community pharmacies around Australia are being invited to join the nation-wide effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Australians over the coming months, as work continues to protect more people from the deadly pandemic.   The Australian Government is committed to providing access to safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, and the distribution…

Greater access to life-changing medicine for Australians with ADHD

Australian adults living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will soon have more affordable access to a life-changing treatment option, thanks to its expanded listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   On 1 February, the Government is expanding the listing of Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine) to include patients who are diagnosed with ADHD after they turn…