News archive

An archive of news items from the home page.

Page last updated: 01 November 2012

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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.

03 August 2013

“Look for the signs before they disappear” – Australians asked to look out for those at risk

This National Missing Person’s Week, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins, is asking Australians to look out for the signs of those at risk of going missing, and to seek appropriate support.