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…

Expanded access to cutting edge car T-Cell Therapy

Access to a cutting edge and potentially curative cancer therapy will be expanded for patients with particular forms of lymphoma, following a positive recommendation from the medical experts on the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). Between 200 and 250 additional cancer patients with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, Transformed Follicular Lymphoma and Primary Mediastinal B…

ABC Radio National Breakfast interview with Fran Kelly

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus updates, crackdown on sugar and process foods, Bridget McKenzie’s future.   FRAN KELLY:         Urgent efforts are now underway to try and evacuate Australians trapped in Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly outbreak of coronavirus.   It’s understood at least 100 Australian children are stranded in the Chinese province, which is in…

Update on novel coronavirus in Australia

Four cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have now been confirmed in Australia – one in Victoria and three in New South Wales.   The first case was confirmed in Victoria yesterday, with the three in New South Wales confirmed later in the day.   The Commonwealth Department of Health is in close contact with Victorian…