Departmental Media Releases
Links to the most recent Departmental media releases.
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: 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.
Title: Food and Health Dialogue Communiqué
The Australian Government’s Food and Health Dialogue met on 24 August and endorsed a Quick Service Restaurant engagement strategy as part of its work with industry to make healthier food choices easier and more accessible for all Australians.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
Title: Joint Communiqué - Gene Technology Ministerial Council
The 8th meeting of the Gene Technology Ministerial Council was held in Canberra on 22 May.
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: 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.
Dr Gerry O’Callaghan has been appointed the inaugural National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.