News archive

An archive of news items from the home page.

Page last updated: 01 November 2012

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11 September 2014

Australia’s World Class Preparedness Against Ebola

Emergency and health workers on the Gold Coast should be praised for their professionalism in dealing with a suspected case of Ebola virus disease today.

11 September 2014

Indigenous youth urged to seek headspace help

The National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, has launched a new campaign to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek help when they are having difficulties.

10 September 2014

Research to Improve Access to Health Services for Regional and Rural Australians

A new Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth will work to improve access to health services for people living in rural and remote Australia.

10 September 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of the impact of suicide.

05 September 2014

Journey continues to close the gap

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlights that while progress is being made, there is still a long way to go to close the gap in Indigenous life expectancy.

05 September 2014

Water Safety Initiative to Save Australian Kids

A new water safety initiative for young children aims to halve the number of drowning deaths in Australian by 2020.

04 September 2014

Australian women living with undiagnosed osteoporosis

A new report suggests that many women may have osteoporosis without knowing it.

01 September 2014

Minister Opens Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has welcomed hundreds of delegates to the 15th Asia-Pacific conference on prostate cancer in Melbourne.

29 August 2014

More Grants to Support Medical Research

Researchers will benefit from 95 National Health and Medical Research Council grants totalling almost $70 million.

27 August 2014

New Online Forums to Support People Living with Mental Illness

Support for people living with mental illness and their family, friends and carers is the focus of two new online forums launched by the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton.

24 August 2014

Australian Assistance to Control the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The Australian Government is contributing $1 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help control the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and prevent further spread of the disease.

20 August 2014

New Centre to Deliver More Health Professionals

A new Australian Government-funded training centre in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell will mean a major boost to the health workforce and improved patient access to health services.

20 August 2014

Volunteers are Sports Heroes

Volunteers are the backbone of Australian sporting organisations which would be unable to function or even exist without them.

19 August 2014

Review of After-Hours Service Delivery

The Minister for Health has announced an independent review of after-hours primary health care services in Australia.

14 August 2014

More Support for Patients with Prostate Cancer

The Australian Government is funding 14 specialist prostate cancer nurses to provide support for patients, their families and carers, particularly in rural and regional areas.

14 August 2014

Start soon on more key Commonwealth Games facilities

Work on key facilities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will get underway in coming months.

08 August 2014

EOI for Medicare-PBS Payment Services

The Australian Government allocated funding in the 2014-15 Budget to go to the commercial market calling for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to provide claims and payment services for Medicare (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

08 August 2014

Funding to Find Dementia Breakthrough

Australia’s best researchers have been urged to come together to help solve one of the world’s major health issues – dementia.

05 August 2014

Improvement in Low Birthweights Welcome News

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash welcomed an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released that shows improvement in a key indicator for Indigenous health.

05 August 2014

Warwick Anderson Congratulated on New Role

The Australian Government extends its congratulations to Professor Warwick Anderson on his appointment as Secretary-General of the Human Frontier Science Program.

04 August 2014

$3.8 Million Investment to Boost Medical Training in Wagga Wagga

More medical students will study at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) Rural Clinical School campus in Wagga Wagga following the opening of its new training facility.

04 August 2014

Minister Congratulates Commonwealth Games Team

Minister for Sport Peter Dutton has congratulated the Australian athletes that competed in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

31 July 2014

New Chair for Australian Sports Foundation

Businessman and Olympian Mark Stockwell is the new Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation.

30 July 2014

Leading Doctor to Head AIHW

Eminent doctor and leader in the medical profession, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, will be the new Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

24 July 2014

Commonwealth Games Team Strives for Gold

The eyes of the nation will be trained on Glasgow for the next two weeks as our team of more than 400 athletes strives to remain the dominant sporting nation of the Commonwealth.

22 July 2014

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.

20 July 2014

Health Ministers sign on to end HIV transmissions by 2020

All Australian Health Ministers have committed to working towards the virtual elimination of new Australian HIV transmissions by the end of 2020.

19 July 2014

Tribute to AIDS delegates in MH17 plane crash

On the eve of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne the Australian Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, and the Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King, have extended their joint condolences to the family and friends of people killed on board flight MH17 as they travelled to the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne.

18 July 2014

Condolences for MH17 victims, families and AIDS 2014 delegates

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, offer condolences to MH17 victims, their families and the delegates to the International AIDS Conference, which begins in Melbourne on Sunday, 20 July.

17 July 2014

Survey Reinforces Fight Against Smoking and Substance Abuse

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has welcomed the release of key findings from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey which show smoking rates in Australia are falling and young people are putting off their first drink of alcohol.

16 July 2014

Check Yourself This National Diabetes Week

It’s National Diabetes Week and Australians are reminded about an online tool that can assess whether they’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

15 July 2014

Passing of an Indigenous Advocate and Managing Director of Vibe Australia

Statement of condolence on the passing of an Indigenous Advocate and Managing Director of Vibe Australia.

14 July 2014

New Report Identifies Australia’s Stroke ‘Hotspots’

A new report released by the National Stroke Foundation identifies the current and future ‘hotspots’ for stroke which will help inform Australia’s response to the disease.

11 July 2014

Electronic Donor Record Enhances Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Processes

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has announced a new national clinical information system to streamline organ and tissue donation processes across Australian hospital networks.

10 July 2014

$35 million to advance Type 1 juvenile diabetes research

Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Health, Peter Dutton MP have announced the Australian Government’s approval of $35 million to advance research in the critical area of diabetes.

10 July 2014

New Agreement Will Continue Australia’s Efforts to Eradicate Trachoma

The Australian Government will provide $16.5 million over four years to prevent and treat trachoma in Indigenous communities in NSW, NT, SA and WA.

09 July 2014

Tobacco Plain Packaging Enforcement Policy

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Enforcement Policy ('Enforcement Policy') explains the options for enforcement of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 (together, the legislation) and the strategies and priorities that will guide decisions about enforcement actions.

09 July 2014

Tobacco Plain Packaging Enforcement Policy February 2013

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Enforcement Policy ('Enforcement Policy') explains the options for enforcement of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 (together, the legislation) and the strategies and priorities that will guide decisions about enforcement actions.

08 July 2014

Non-English speaking background resources

Non-English speaking background resources relating to tobacco plain packaging.

07 July 2014

New Access to HIV Tests and Treatments

Testing and treatment for HIV will be easier and more accessible under changes being made by the Australian Government.

07 July 2014

New Strategies on Blood Borne and Sexually Transmissible Diseases

Five new and improved national strategies to target HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections were launched.

04 July 2014

Ingredients used in cigarettes produced by Philip Morris in 2014

Ingredients used in cigarettes produced by Philip Morris in the year 2014.

04 July 2014

Key dates for the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group

These are the key dates for the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group.

04 July 2014

Membership of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group

The membership of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group is below.

04 July 2014

Terms of Reference - National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group

These are the Terms of Reference for the time limited National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group.

03 July 2014

Fighting Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Queensland

A partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments is targeting the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya at the source.

03 July 2014

Improved Primary Health Care for South-East Queensland Indigenous Patients

Two new Australian Government-funded clinics in the rapidly growing South-East Queensland region will provide essential primary health care services to Indigenous Australians.

03 July 2014

National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group

The Government has committed to developing a new National Diabetes Strategy to prioritise the national response to diabetes and identify appropriate approaches to addressing the impact of diabetes in the community.

01 July 2014

Funding to Improve Health and Safety of Farmers

An innovative programme that seeks to prevent Australian farmers from being injured or dying at work has received a $375,000 funding boost from the Australian Government.

01 July 2014

Funding to Improve Health and Safety of Farmers

An innovative programme that seeks to prevent Australian farmers from being injured or dying at work has received a $375,000 funding boost from the Australian Government.

01 July 2014

New Campaign Encourages New and Expecting Mums to Protect Their Babies by Not Drinking Alcohol

Reducing the impact of alcohol-related harm on unborn and newborn babies is the focus of a new health campaign.

27 June 2014

$120 million for sport for 2014-15

Australian elite and grassroots sport will be supported with $120 million in funding through the next year from July 2014.

27 June 2014

Health star rating system on track

Australian and New Zealand Food Ministers agreed further steps for the voluntary healthy star rating front of pack labelling system at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation.

27 June 2014

Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Final Communique

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

26 June 2014

Pay for Quality Initiative

Health Minister Peter Dutton congratulated private hospital operator Healthscope and health insurer BUPA on their Pay for Quality initiative.

25 June 2014

Government Funds National Strategy to Target Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The Australian Government will provide $9.2 million to the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Action Plan to address the harmful impact of FASD on children and families.

25 June 2014

Rising Cost of Good Health

Australia’s health system is facing sharply rising costs and a growing number of demands, according to a new report released on 25 June 2014.

24 June 2014

Another Step Towards Indigenous Health Equality

The Australian Government is taking another important step towards securing health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

23 June 2014

Australia Signs Agreement with Spain on Sports Cooperation

Australia has signed an historic agreement with European sporting powerhouse Spain, which will encourage the exchange of information and resources between the two nations.

23 June 2014

Australians Urged to Take Bowel Cancer Screening Test

Thousands of Australians are dying of bowel cancer every year, yet a disturbing number of people are failing to return a simple test that could save their lives, according to a new report.

19 June 2014

A Better Start to Life for Indigenous Children

The Australian Government's Better Start to Life approach targets the health of Indigenous mothers and babies so children are given the best possible start to life.

19 June 2014

DonateLife Resources Launched

DonateLife resources are now available to support decision-making about organ and tissue donation in 18 languages.

17 June 2014

Better Mental Health Care in Australia

The Australian Government is bolstering mental health services in Australia, with a $6.5 million initiative to train primary health practitioners in the use of e-mental health therapies and associated technologies.

11 June 2014

$700,000 Investment to Support More Medical Trainees in Griffith

More medical students are training at the University of New South Wales’ Rural Clinical School campus in Griffith following an Australian Government-funded upgrade of the training facility.

04 June 2014

Indigenous Knowledge Centre to Help Reduce Alcohol and Substance Misuse

A new national information service has been established to support the reduction of alcohol and other drug misuse in Indigenous communities.

31 May 2014

Campaign Launched on World No Tobacco Day

The Australian Government has launched a new phase of the National Tobacco Campaign to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

31 May 2014

Minister Nash attends the Long Walk

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash joined hundreds of fellow Australians at the start of the 10th Anniversary of the Long Walk Fun Walk at Melbourne’s Domain Gardens on 31 May 2014.

30 May 2014

National Indigenous Health Plan to Focus on Outcomes

The Australian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as a priority.

29 May 2014

$52 Million to Improve Palliative Care Services and Training

The Australian Government will provide $52 million over three years to improve palliative care services and training.

26 May 2014

Improved Information on Medicine Shortages

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash launched the Medicine Shortages Information Initiative on 26 May 2014.

23 May 2014

Cutting Red Tape for Doctors

The process for prescribing hundreds of drugs, including cancer treatments, will be reviewed and simplified to benefit both patients and doctors.

22 May 2014

GP training places in rural and regional areas

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said the Australian Government was committed to GP training in rural and regional areas.

22 May 2014

Living Donors Participate in Australia’s First 6-Way Domino Kidney Transplant Exchange

In an Australian first, 12 Australians have today participated in an anonymous live kidney donation and transplantation exchange.

22 May 2014

Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Closing The Gap

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has met with Indigenous health stakeholders, including the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and state and territory peak bodies.

22 May 2014

Revised recall protocol an essential part of food safety armoury for food businesses

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has launched a new food recall protocol saying every Australian food manufacturer, importer, wholesaler and distributor should have a copy.

21 May 2014

More Funding For Flying Doctors

The Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) will receive an additional $6 million from the Abbott Government for health services in rural and remote areas.

21 May 2014

What the budget means for rural and regional Australians

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said the Australian Government had reaffirmed its commitment to rural and regional Australians.

20 May 2014

Indigenous Health Services

The Australian Government has a strong commitment to front line, core essential health service delivery, reducing red tape overheads and better supporting efforts to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

19 May 2014

Report into the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record

A review into the implementation and uptake of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system has made 38 recommendations.

10 May 2014

More Funding for Australia’s Athletes

650 of Australia's best athletes will benefit from a newly designed program that reallocates $1.6 million directly towards our best medal hopes and emerging talent.

10 May 2014

Nutrition Survey Gives Insight on Australia’s Diet

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has welcomed yesterday’s release of the first nutrition results from the 2011-13 Australian Health Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

09 May 2014

New CEO for ASADA

The Minister for Sport Peter Dutton has appointed Australian Crime Commission Queensland Manager Ben McDevitt as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

05 May 2014

Australians with Hearing Loss to Have Faster, Easier Access to Hearing Services

A new website gives eligible Australians better access to services available through the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.

05 May 2014

Commission Report on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania

A Report by the Commission on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania has been released by Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton and Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson.

05 May 2014

Community Sport Gives Kids a Healthy Start

Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton has reinforced the Government’s commitment to local sport on a visit to Brendale Sporting Complex to watch the U11s Aspley v Elimbah game on 3 May 2014.

05 May 2014

Ear Health Vital as Australians Age

Up to one in every four Australians could be affected by hearing loss in future as the population aged, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has warned.

02 May 2014

Paul Ramsay AO

Statement from Minister Dutton on the passing of Mr Paul Ramsay AO.

30 April 2014

$11.4 Million for Health and Medical Research

Australian researchers who have formed community partnerships to improve health outcomes across Australia have received $11.4 million in Federal Government funding.

16 April 2014

Rural Health a Priority During New Zealand Visit

The Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash visited businesses and a health service in regional New Zealand.

15 April 2014

Forging Closer Trans-Tasman Ties on Food and Nutrition Policy

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash met with Ministers in New Zealand to progress a range of discussions on key food and nutrition policies.

14 April 2014

Food and Nutrition on the Menu

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash heads to New Zealand for talks with New Zealand Ministers.

11 April 2014

Standing Council on Health Communique - 11 April 2014

Australian Health Ministers met in Brisbane for a meeting of the Standing Council on Health (SCoH).

09 April 2014

Review of Life Saving Drugs Programme

The Australian Government will review the Life Saving Drugs Programme - a move aimed at ensuring that Australians with very rare conditions continue to have subsidised access to much-needed, expensive medicines.

08 April 2014

Better Training Available for Rural WA Health Professionals

Health professionals and students in rural and remote Western Australia are set to receive better training opportunities with the opening of a simulation training and education (EdSIM) centre in Geraldton.

08 April 2014

Salt in Fast Food Down But More Work to be Done

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash welcomed research showing that levels of salt in fast food are slowly but surely reducing.

08 April 2014

Victoria Leads the Nation in treating Type 1 Diabetes

Victoria is home to a new centre that will deliver a revolutionary medical treatment to people across Australia suffering from life-threatening Type 1 diabetes.

04 April 2014

Funding for Mental Health

The Australian Government has provided $170 million for the continuation of 150 programs as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health.

01 April 2014

Helping to Change Perceptions of Suicide and Mental Illness

Media reporting and commenting on suicide and mental illness will be assisted by an improved national guide.

01 April 2014

Major Boost for Health Services in Regional WA

People living in regional WA will get a major boost in health and hospital services – including kidney dialysis treatment, pathology and dental care – under Australian Government funding.

31 March 2014

Tasmanians to Get Better Access to Palliative Care

More Tasmanians will be able to access end of life care in their own home under a first of its kind initiative launched by the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.

26 March 2014

Asian Football Cup, Celebrating Football in Our Region

Australia’s Socceroos will join 15 Asian countries when they compete in the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, uniting the region through the common language of sport.

21 March 2014

New mobile app an e-Health world first for people with bleeding disorders

The official launch of a new mobile application makes Australia a world leader in assisting people with bleeding disorders.

20 March 2014

Partnering to Close the Gap in Indigenous Health

The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, has welcomed the signing of a Statement of Intent aimed at closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

18 March 2014

Latest PBS Listings Include Medicines For Children

Ten new medicines to treat a range of illnesses from rare forms of cancer to skin conditions will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 April.

17 March 2014

Minister Congratulates Winter Paralympians

The Minister for Sport Peter Dutton has congratulated the Australian team on their performances in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

13 March 2014

Address to Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference

Minister for Health Peter Dutton address to Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference

13 March 2014

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.

11 March 2014

Fight Back Against Flu

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton urged older people, pregnant women, indigenous Australians and people with chronic health conditions to get their annual flu shot.

10 March 2014

Australia Hosts Asia-Pacific Offensive on Malaria

The Secretaries of the Australian and Indian Health Departments Professor Jane Halton and Mr Lov Verma will co-chair a high level international meeting in Sydney aimed at strengthening measures to counter malaria.

06 March 2014

Paralympians Set For Success at Sochi Games

Minister for Sport Peter Dutton has wished Australia’s Paralympians the best of luck as they ready for competition on the eve of 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

04 March 2014

Minister Launches New Asthma Handbook

Health Minister Peter Dutton has launched the seventh edition of the Australian Asthma Handbook.

27 February 2014

Diabetes, Glaucoma, Cancer and Growth Hormone Patients Benefit From PBS Changes

New medicines for glaucoma, diabetes and advanced soft tissue sarcoma have been approved for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

26 February 2014

Walk and Have the Chat That Saves Lives

Thousands of Canberrans of all ages had the chat that saves lives as part of the annual DonateLife Walk around Lake Burley Griffin.

25 February 2014

Inspiring Smarter Brain Research in Australia

Minister for Health Peter Dutton has launched a paper on the future of brain research in Australia.

24 February 2014

Athletes Did Australia Proud in Sochi

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, said Australia was proud of the achievements of its athletes at the Winter Olympics Games at Sochi.

24 February 2014

Statement - Matthew Robinson

Last Friday Matthew Robinson passed away after being seriously injured earlier this month while competing for Australia at the International Paralympic Committee’s Para-snowboard World Cup Finals.

21 February 2014

Funding Boost for NT Thunder

The Australian Government will provide more than $800,000 over two years to AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) to further develop sporting programs across the Territory.

20 February 2014

Government Support for Cancer Care

The Australian Government is making significant improvements to ensure cancer patients are able to access quality chemotherapy treatment, when and where they need it.

20 February 2014

More Doctors in Regional Areas

Australian-trained international medical graduates are now working in private hospitals and regional areas in Queensland and Western Australia as part of a new Commonwealth Medical Internship Scheme.

20 February 2014

Significant Progress on Palmerston Hospital

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton has welcomed the NT Government’s release of the scoping study for Stage One of the Palmerston Hospital and the NT health capability framework.

20 February 2014

Tribute to Typhoon Haiyan Teams

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton commended the doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals deployed to the Philippines to respond to Typhoon Haiyan which claimed more than 6000 lives and injured 27,000 others.

18 February 2014

$133 Million Boost For Medical Research

The Australian Government has announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.

18 February 2014

Statement - ASADA CEO To Retire

Ms Aurora Andruska, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), has informed the Minister for Sport her decision to retire.

14 February 2014

Cricket World Cup Now Just One Year Away

The official countdown to the 2015 International Cricket Council World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand has begun.

14 February 2014

Redcliffe headspace To Support Youth Mental Health

Mental health services for young people in Redcliffe and across Brisbane’s north have received a boost with the opening of the headspace Redcliffe centre.

12 February 2014

Minister Lauds 50 Years of Independent Expert Advice

The Australian Government has paid tribute to the work of a committee of eminent health experts.

04 February 2014

Mental Health Review

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has announced the Terms of Reference for the review of mental health services and programmes.

03 February 2014

Former Judge to assist ASADA Investigations

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has engaged a former Federal Court Judge to assist with its anti-doping investigations.

29 January 2014

Health Training Expansion

More medicine, nursing and allied health students will be able to complete a key part of their clinical training following the expansion of the UnitingCare Clinical School at Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

29 January 2014

More Australian lives transformed as organ donation rates at all-time high

Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash has announced that Australian organ donation rates were at record levels.

29 January 2014

New World Class Cancer Care Facility

Cancer patients living in the Wide Bay-Burnett region will have better access to world-class treatment and therapy with the opening of a new $11.3 million Oncology Centre in Bundaberg.

17 January 2014

More Help For Blue Mountains Women After Fires

Women in the Blue Mountains will have better access to drug and alcohol treatment programs as a result of additional funding being provided by the Australian Government.

09 January 2014

One year to Asian Cup

The countdown to the biggest football tournament ever staged in Australia – the AFC Asian Cup – has begun with one year to go to the tournament kick off.

29 December 2013

Statement from Minister for Health

Speculation in the media regarding Commission of Audit recommendations in relation to health.

23 December 2013

Stability for families with private health insurance

The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, has announced changes to private health insurance.

20 December 2013

e-Health Record Review

The review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) system has been completed.

19 December 2013

Ten of the Best in Research

Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 has been released by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

17 December 2013

Making medicines cheaper for consumers

The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, has announced new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for medicines to treat diabetes and lung cancer.

16 December 2013

Medicare Locals review

Australia's former Chief Medical Officer, Prof John Horvath AO, will oversee the Australian Government's review of Medicare Locals.

13 December 2013

Community Awareness Grants awarded to support DonateLife Week 2014

Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash has announced $463,000 in Community Awareness Grants which will enable 15 organisations to contribute to the national DonateLife community education campaign.

13 December 2013

Legislative and Governance forum on food regulation - final communique

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

12 December 2013

Tribute to Paralympic President

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, paid tribute to Greg Hartung OAM who is retiring after 16 years as the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

11 December 2013

Regional centres gain breast care nurses

Thirteen regional centres across Australia will soon have specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses funded by the Australian Government.

10 December 2013

Early Childhood Key to Lifelong Health for Indigenous Australians – Report

The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, has commended the Australian Medical Association for the publication of the 2012-13 Indigenous Health Report Card

05 December 2013

Recognising our volunteers

Minister for Health and Sport Peter Dutton has urged the community to celebrate International Volunteer Day

02 December 2013

New Cancer Medicines Available Through the PBS

New medicines have been approved for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) by the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton.

02 December 2013

New national approach to tackle diabetes

The Australian Government will develop a new national strategy to tackle the nation's diabetes epidemic

01 December 2013

Cheaper Medication for 850,000 Australians

More than 850,000 Australians will find their prescription medications cheaper from 1 December 2013.

01 December 2013

World AIDS Day

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton said World Aids Day was a reminder that continued vigilance was needed to prevent the spread of HIV infections.

30 November 2013

New Chemotherapy Funding to Support Fight Against Cancer

The Commonwealth Government has announced more than $82 million in additional funding to ensure 150,000 cancer patients can access safe and effective treatment each year.

27 November 2013

More than 30 nations to compete at first-ever Special Olympics international games

Almost two thousand competitors from more than 30 countries will compete in the inaugural Special Olympics-2013 Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle from 1 – 7 December.

25 November 2013

Australia’s organ donation reform an emerging international success story

Australia is forging ahead with its national organ donation reform program and gaining recognition and praise from international experts at the 2013 Organ Donation Congress.

21 November 2013

Australia to send second medical team to the Philippines

Australia will deploy a second medical team to the Philippines to provide additional medical support for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

14 November 2013

Government welcomes new president of Diabetes Australia

Federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton, welcomed the appointment of Ms Judi Moylan as President of Diabetes Australia at a function at Parliament House in Canberra today.

14 November 2013

World champions win AIS Awards’ top honour

The Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced that world champions Caroline Buchanan and Kim Crow were joint winners of the top honour at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards in Canberra.

12 November 2013

Australian medical team to assist in the Philippines

Australia will be deploying a 36 member medical team to the Philippines to give medical support following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

12 November 2013

National Cricket Centre to train next generation of Australian cricketers

The Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Peter Dutton, today welcomed the opening of the new National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

08 November 2013

Standing Council on Health Communique - 8 November 2013

Australian Health Ministers met in Launceston for a meeting of the Standing Council on Health (SCoH). The meeting was chaired by Michelle O’Byrne, Tasmanian Minister for Health.

04 November 2013

Support available to farming families affected by crop losses

The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, is urging farmers whose crops have been damaged by recent unseasonal frosts to use advisory and support services, including those funded by the Australian Government.

03 November 2013

Federal Government to review electronic health records

Federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton, has announced a review of Australia’s struggling Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records program.

01 November 2013

GPs can now order subsidised MRI services

From 1 November 2013 GPs can request four new Medicare eligible Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services for patients over 16 years of age.

01 November 2013

New one stop shop clinical training centre opened

A $17.7 million clinical education centre to train a new generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals has been opened by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, in Sydney.

31 October 2013

Coalition's focus on improving health service access for regional Australians

Persistent inequalities in access to health services in regional Australia will be a major focus of the new Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.

31 October 2013

National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework

30 October 2013

Australians to access more affordable medicines sooner

The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, has announced that the Government has honoured its election commitment to make more affordable medicines available sooner for Australians.

28 October 2013

New Medicines Available Through the PBS

The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, has announced that the cost of 50 new and amended medicines and technologies to treat cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and a range of other debilitating diseases will be subsidised by the Government.

28 October 2013

New resource for Indigenous women to cope with breast cancer

A new, illustrated booklet designed to inform and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the breast cancer journey has been launched by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton.

23 October 2013

Federal Government Delivers Funding for New Medical Research Discoveries

The Federal Government has announced more than $559 million in funding to help Australian health and medical researchers generate new health discoveries.

20 October 2013

More children will finally have access to a Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump - Dutton

The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, has announced funding to help children with Type 1 Diabetes gain access to an insulin pump to help them manage their disease.

10 October 2013

$15 Million for Peak Water Safety Bodies to Save Lives

The Australian Government will invest $15 million over five years to support the nation’s lifesavers and swimming teachers to prevent drowning deaths.

10 October 2013

Abbott Government Commitment to Mental Health

The Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, MP announced the first Australian Government actions to progress mental health as a key priority area.

17 December 2012

Tobacco Plain Packaging Complaints Form