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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.