Departmental Media Releases

Links to the most recent Departmental media releases.

Page last updated: 13 December 2013

Date: 22/07/2014
Title: Australia Acts on Rising New HIV Infections

While Australia has made great progress in addressing HIV over the last three decades there are still an estimated 26 800 people living with HIV infection.

Date: 27/06/2014
Title: Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Final Communique

The Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation has met in Sydney.

Date: 13/03/2014
Title: Malaria experts call for redoubled efforts on drug resistance

Some of the world's foremost malaria experts have warned that failure to act on the growing resistance to the first line drug for malaria, artemisinin, will set back efforts to reduce and eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region.

Date: 13/12/2013
Title: Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Final Communique

The Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation has met in Melbourne.

Date: 06/06/2013
Title: Professor Jane Halton elected Chair of the Executive Board The World Health Assembly

The Executive Board of the World Health Assembly has elected Professor Jane Halton as its Chair.

Date: 28/04/2013
Title: Public Servants to mark their contribution to Canberra

Whether it is with a fun run, an online picture gallery, an art exhibition or just a mass get together in a park, the Australian Public Service is planning an event to mark its considerable contribution to the shaping of Canberra during this year's Centenary of Canberra celebrations.

Date: 07/12/2012
Title: Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Communique - 7 December 2012

Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for the regulation of food have met to consider a range of issues including a revised health claims standard and progress on the interpretive front-of-pack labelling system.

Date: 02/05/2012
Title: Prominent Scientist and Regulator appointed new Head of TGA

Dr John Skerritt has been appointed the new national manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products.

Date: 09/12/2011
Title: Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Communique

Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for the regulation of food and beverages met in Melbourne to consider their response to the recommendations in the Food Labelling Review Report, Labelling Logic.

Date: 30/08/2011
Title: Australia's New Chief Medical Officer Announced

Professor Chris Baggoley has been appointed Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, beginning immediately. Professor Baggoley is a respected clinician and public health specialist with a national and international reputation in the field of emergency medicine.

Date: 20/06/2011
Title: Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA)

On 20 June 2011, the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers announced their agreement to proceed with a joint scheme for the regulation of therapeutic products across both countries. A Factsheet with further information is contained here.

Date: 30/07/2010
Title: Seasonal flu vaccination for young children can be resumed - Updated advice from the Chief Medical Officer

Continued close monitoring of side effects with this year's seasonal flu vaccine in children under five years of age has shown that the higher than usual occurrence of fever and febrile convulsions appears to be confined to the vaccine Fluvax, manufactured by CSL so parents can now seek advice from their doctor to use other brands on the market if they want their young children vaccinated.

Date: 01/06/2010
Title: Seasonal Flu Vaccine Remains Suspended for young children without risk factors - Advice from the Chief Medical Officer

After consideration of the results to date of a comprehensive investigation into the safety of the seasonal flu vaccine for young children, I have advised, that as a precaution, the suspension of seasonal flu vaccination should continue for healthy children under five years of age.

Date: 30/04/2010
Title: Health authorities continue to put seasonal flu vaccine on hold for young children

A week long national evaluation of cases of fever with convulsions in young children following a seasonal flu vaccination has so far found no pattern of increased incidence of this side effect, other than higher numbers in WA.

Date: 23/04/2010
Title: Seasonal Flu Vaccine and young children

Due to a spike in the numbers of young children in Western Australia experiencing fever and convulsions following seasonal flu vaccinations, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, is advising all GPs and immunisation providers to stop giving seasonal flu vaccine to children five years and under until a cause is established.

Date: 10/03/2010
Title: On Target to Halve the Gap in Indigenous Child Mortality

A report card on Indigenous child health, presented to the Australian Government by its advisory committee on Indigenous health, the National Indigenous Health Equality Council, shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality rates have been improving, particularly for infant mortality.

Date: 10/03/2010
Title: Government on Track to Close the Gap on Infant Mortality

The National Indigenous Health Equality Council (NIHEC) has completed two reports: the Child Mortality Targets: Recommendations and Analysis and National Target Setting Instrument.

Date: 23/10/2009
Title: Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council Final Communiqué

Ministers responsible for food issues in Australia and New Zealand met in Brisbane today. The Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, announced that former Australian Health Minister, Dr Neal Blewett AC, will head up the Panel which will undertake a comprehensive examination of food labelling law and policy.

Date: 03/07/2009
Title: GPs are major players in H1N1 Influenza 09

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, has described the national response to combating H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Flu) as appropriate, proportionate and successful, following criticisms by a Victorian GP in the latest on-line edition of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

Date: 25/06/2009
Title: Indigenous Australians recognised in H1N1 Influenza 09 Health Response

All of Australia is now responding to the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza 09 in the PROTECT pandemic alert phase which is concentrating our efforts on caring for the most medically vulnerable in our community.

Date: 22/05/2009
Title: Joint Communiqué - Gene Technology Ministerial Council

The 8th meeting of the Gene Technology Ministerial Council was held in Canberra on 22 May.

Date: 11/05/2009
Title: Self-Test Bowel Cancer Kits – Important Notice for Users

The Department of Health and Ageing will start contacting participants in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program from this week to invite people to re-take the test, after quality issues were identified during an investigation of the test kits.

Date: 08/05/2009
Title: Design of New National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

The Ministerial Council has reached a national consensus on how the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions will work.

Date: 27/02/2009
Title: National Medical Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Appointed

Dr Gerry O’Callaghan has been appointed the inaugural National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority.

Date: 19/02/2009
Title: Prominent cancer specialist appointed new Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer

Distinguished cancer physician, Professor Jim Bishop AO, has been appointed Australia’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Date: 01/01/2009
Title: Talk, tell, transform lives - Australians urged to make a new kind of New Year’s resolution in 2009

Families across Australia are being encouraged to use get-togethers at the start of a new year to share their intentions about organ donation in a bid to raise our nation’s unacceptable transplantation rates.

Date: 01/01/2009
Title: PBS listing to help prevent invasive fungal infections

Thousands of patients suffering from invasive fungal infections will benefit from a new listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 January 2009.

Date: 24/10/2008
Title: Food Ministers Consider Food Labelling Review

The twelfth meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) was held in Adelaide today, 24 October, chaired by Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Government Minister for Health and Ageing.

Date: 10/10/2008
Title: Serious adverse events identified in Queensland with the use of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC lines)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is urgently investigating reports from Queensland Health of adverse events associated with the use of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) lines in Queensland. The reports follow an initial investigation of an incident involving a 5 year old child at Townsville Hospital.

Date: 29/09/2008
Title: Dr Mukesh Haikerwal

The Secretary, Jane Halton, and staff of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing are shocked at the news of the brutal assault on Dr Mukesh Haikerwal which has left him in a very serious condition.

Date: 26/08/2008
Title: CMO To Step Down

Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor John Horvath AO, will step down from his role as CMO at the end of January 2009.

Date: 22/07/2008
Title: Australian Health Ministers’ Conference Communique

Australian Health Ministers met in Canberra today, with elective surgery, patient rights and the new Australian Health Care Agreements some of the main areas of discussion.

Date: 07/07/2008
Title: Preventative Health Taskforce - Media Release

The National Preventative Health Taskforce will release a discussion paper this September on the Australian Government’s blueprint for refocussing the health system on prevention.

Date: 22/06/2008
Title: New Commonwealth Chief Nurse Appointed

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has appointed Ms Rosemary Bryant as the first Commonwealth Chief Nurse in preconisation of the major role played by the nursing profession in the delivery of effective health care in Australia.

Date: 16/05/2008
Title: Prudent measures to conserve anti-coagulant medicines

Guidelines for clinicians on prudent measures to manage a potential shortage of anti-coagulant medicines containing the blood thinning agent, heparin, have been issued.

Date: 02/05/2008
Title: Food Ministers Agree To A Strategic Vision For Australian And New Zealand Food Regulation System

Health warnings on packaged alcohol and a draft standard on nutrition, health and related claims were discussed by the Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council today.

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