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Page last updated: 10 December 2016 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)

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09 December 2016

Health workforce scholarship arrangements for 2017

The Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie has provided an update on the interim health workforce scholarship arrangements for the 2017 study year.

08 December 2016

AusPlay shows children need to get more active

Fifty four per cent of children aged under 14 years are active at least once a week in organised sport or physical activity after school hours, the most comprehensive survey of Australians’ sporting activity and motivation has found.

08 December 2016

NSW Rural Doctors Network office opening

NSW Rural Doctors Network today opened new offices in Newcastle that will become a hub for rural health practitioners and organisations to the benefit of thousands of rural and remote communities across New South Wales.

06 December 2016

New Funding Arrangements for Residential Aged Care

The Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has outlined a revised package of aged-care funding measures to ensure the sector is funded and sustainable into the future.

03 December 2016

$2.8 Million for Cure4MND Research

Funding to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease received a boost with the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Sussan Ley, presenting Neale Daniher and the Cure4MND Foundation a cheque for $2.8 million.

03 December 2016

Australia’s biggest clinical trial part of $483m health research grants

The largest clinical trial ever undertaken in Australia is among $483 million in grants for health and medical research funding announced by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley.

02 December 2016

Kentish Health Centre

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, moved today to set the record straight about health care services for the Kentish community in Tasmania.

02 December 2016

Multi-million dollar boost for Health training in Lismore

Health and medical students will have greater opportunities to undertake training and clinical placements at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore, New South Wales.

01 December 2016

50,000 preschools to receive free water safety education packs

Summer can be a time of fun in the sun and in the water, but it is also a time to be extra careful about children’s water safety.

01 December 2016

Patients gain subsidised access to expensive new medicines

Australians from 1 December will pay no more than $38.30 for a medicine to treat thyroid cancer that would cost a patient $117,000 without subsidised access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

30 November 2016

Advertising helps Indigenous smokers to quit

A significant portion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers have taken action to quit smoking after seeing the Don’t Make Smokes Your Story advertising campaign.

30 November 2016

Advertising helps Indigenous smokers to quit

A significant portion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers have taken action to quit smoking after seeing the Don’t Make Smokes Your Story advertising campaign.

30 November 2016

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week

Funding to conduct a survey to better understand why young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at increased risk of blood borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmissible infections (STI) has been announced.

30 November 2016

New Report Provides Snapshot of Aged Care in Australia

A new snapshot of aged care services has found the sector is performing well, with increased funding and reforms beginning to deliver benefits for older Australians.

29 November 2016

Health Care Homes’ voluntary trial scheduled for mid-2017

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said the Australian Government was committed to its Health Care Homes program to find better ways of delivering medical services to an ageing population with one in two Australian living with a chronic condition.

28 November 2016

National mental health charity achieves 30-year milestone

For 30 years SANE Australia has provided help and support to Australians experiencing mental health issues.

25 November 2016

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué 25 November 2016

Communiqué of outcomes from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation teleconference held on 25 November 2016.

25 November 2016

Food Safety Website now live for industry and consumers

Australian ministers and the New Zealand minister responsible for food have released a revamped food safety website designed to give stakeholders better access to information about the joint Australian and New Zealand food regulation system.

18 November 2016

Lismore Hospital redevelopment to deliver improved health services

The finalisation of a major stage of the Lismore Hospital redevelopment project will deliver improved health services for people throughout the NSW Far North Coast.

18 November 2016

Rural General Practice Grants

Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for the Australian Government.

16 November 2016

Australia’s rural health workforce is a top priority for Coalition Government: third rural health stakeholder roundtable

The third Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable was held at Parliament House in Canberra on the 16 November 2016.

16 November 2016

Immunisation for better Indigenous health

Health services have been encouraged to use innovative methods to ensure that communities receive vital vaccinations.

15 November 2016

Australians invited to honour all living and deceased donors and their families

Australians are being encouraged to take part in the national DonateLife Thank You Day to honour all living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families for their generosity which saves and transforms lives.

14 November 2016

ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK: how we can all help fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic Awareness Week is a global health initiative to alert everyone to the serious health threat posed by antibiotic resistance.

14 November 2016

Men's Sheds Support Men's Health Across Australia

The Australian Government is investing in the promotion and support of men’s health and wellbeing through the announcement of funding towards nearly 100 Men’s Sheds across the country.

13 November 2016

Community Pharmacies to Help Detect Diabetes

Community pharmacies will play a larger role in the early detection of type 2 diabetes.

10 November 2016

National Plan to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

Humans and animals will be better protected from the immediate global threat of antimicrobial resistance under the Australian Government’s new plan, developed in partnership with health professionals, research communities, veterinarians and agricultural industries.

10 November 2016

Robyn Kruk AM to Chair Food Standards Australia New Zealand Board

Ms Robyn Kruk AM will be appointed as Chair of the Board of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

08 November 2016

Australian Food and Grocery Council Industry Leaders Forum

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, addressed the Australian Food and Grocery Council Industry Leaders Forum as Australian and global food, grocery and beverage companies met in Canberra.

08 November 2016

Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities tackle smoking

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will benefit from innovative projects to tackle smoking, through new grants awarded to seven organisations under the Australian Government’s $116.8 million Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.

07 November 2016

$34 million for Dementia and Aged Care Services research

Applications are now open for the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation Funding Round.

07 November 2016

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Australian women are being encouraged to make sure they are up to date with their cervical screening and Gardasil vaccinations.

04 November 2016

$20.5 million to continue funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses

The Australian Government announced $20.5 million in new funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses to ensure ongoing support for people being treated for breast cancer.

04 November 2016

Australian Sports Foundation raises record funds for sport

The Australian Sports Foundation has reported a record $32 million has been fundraised for sport, via tax deductible donations in 2015-16.

04 November 2016

Medical practices can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in selected regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.

04 November 2016

Supporting elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem, Northern Territory

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP, has announced the successful service provider to develop and operate a new Flexible Aged Care Service in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem in the Northern Territory.

03 November 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kids’ Immunisation Rates Topping the Nation

The Australian Immunisation Register quarterly data shows childhood immunisation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has gone up across the board.

03 November 2016

Childhood Cancer Network receives $20 million to help children with cancer

The Zero Childhood Cancer Collaboration Network received $20m from the Australian Government to help improve health outcomes for children with cancer.

02 November 2016

National Vaccination Program Expanded

Seventy-year-old Australians can now get the shingles vaccine for free.

31 October 2016

Australian Government boosts funding for Manning Health Precinct

The Taree Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that Newcastle University will receive $29.24 million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

30 October 2016

Medicinal cannabis scheme licence applications open

Businesses can now apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis for medicinal purposes, to manufacture medicinal cannabis products or to conduct medicinal cannabis related research under the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

28 October 2016

Australian Government boosts funding to support Geraldton Health Precinct

The Geraldton Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that the University of Western Australia will receive $39.8-million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

28 October 2016

Taking sport integrity to schools

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has launched a suite of lesson plans to help high school students learn about sports integrity topics like doping, match-fixing and illicit drug use.

27 October 2016

Government invests a further $190 million in health and medical research, including $10.6 million to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

The Australian Government has announced a further $190 million in health and medical research, including a $10.6 million investment supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

26 October 2016

Nurses are critical to delivery of health care reforms

Nurses are essential to making Australia’s $71 billion health system more efficient and effective in meeting the health needs of Australians.

25 October 2016

Federal Coalition Government boosts funding for Dubbo Health Precinct

The Dubbo Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that Sydney University will receive $51.7 million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

24 October 2016

Community pharmacy trial grants now open

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, announced the Tranche 2 grants round of the Pharmacy Trial Program.

24 October 2016

Patient Day for Lung and Ovarian Cancer Patients in Taree

Lung and ovarian cancer patients in Taree participated in a community organised event to provide support for these people and their loved ones, and raise awareness about the needs of cancer patients in rural areas.

21 October 2016

Australians Make Healthier Choices With Health Star Ratings

More Australians are choosing healthier packaged foods, thanks to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system, according to new campaign evaluation research.

20 October 2016

Consultation welcome on draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The community is being invited to have their say on a new national plan that aims to improve the lives of people with mental health issues.

20 October 2016

Rural Medicine Australia Conference

Regional, rural and remote health reform is one of the Australian Government’s key health priorities.

19 October 2016

Digital payments IT system replacement

The Australian Government will replace the IT system to deliver reliable and accurate health, aged care and veterans’ payments.

19 October 2016

Turnbull Government to ease pressure on private health insurance premiums

The Australian Government will reduce the cost of thousands of medical devices ranging from pacemakers and lenses to knees and hips by half-a-billion dollars to take pressure off private health insurance premiums for Australians.

17 October 2016

Opening of the Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round

Existing and prospective aged care providers of Commonwealth Home Support Program services are invited to apply for funding to support older people to live independently within their communities.

14 October 2016

Kimberley Roundtable – Suicide Prevention

A high-level Roundtable discussion on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in the Western Australian Kimberley region, emphasised the need for local, Indigenous controlled responses to the escalating rates of suicide in the community.

13 October 2016

New Survey Provides Valuable Data on the Status of Eye Health Conditions

The Australian Government has launched the National Eye Health Survey Report on the prevalence and causes of vision impairment and blindness around the nation.

11 October 2016

Launch of Nursing White Paper on Health Reform

The Australian Government has acknowledged an important White Paper, prepared by the Australian College of Nursing, which details the role of nurses in future health and aged care reform.

11 October 2016

National Day to Focus on Youth Mental Health

Sometimes acknowledging that you need help and reaching out is the hardest part but on headspace Day young Australians around the country are being reminded that mental health is important and help is always available.

10 October 2016

Boost to mental health services underway

This World Mental Health Day (10 October) the Australian Government has re-affirmed its commitment to trialling innovative approaches in delivering mental health services, in an effort to curb rates of suicide around the country.

09 October 2016

Mental Health Week: Everyone’s priority - 9 October 2016

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has used the start of Mental Health Week (9 October – 15 October) to promote community awareness about mental health issues and remind Australians about the importance of the social and emotional wellbeing of themselves, their families, loved ones and communities.

07 October 2016

COAG Health Council Communique - 7 October 2016

The Federal and state and territory Health Ministers met in Canberra at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by the Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.

06 October 2016

Coalition Government announces regional training hub funding round

Attendees at the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) meeting were reminded that rural and remote health is built on the commitment, expertise and courage of the regional, rural and remote health workforce.

05 October 2016

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner releases first annual report

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP have welcomed the release of the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s first annual report today.

29 September 2016

Data update

Researchers relying on information in a sample of data extracted from Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits and Medicare Benefits schemes that was withdrawn recently from the data.gov.au website are advised that work is continuing to restore the dataset as soon as possible.

25 September 2016

Go online to check on cheaper medicines

Millions of consumers will be able to access more affordable medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 October – and they can go online to check the savings they will make.

23 September 2016

One year of Sporting Schools and right on target

Federal Minister for Health and Sport, The Hon. Sussan Ley says there has been an overwhelming response to the Sporting Schools program since it began a year ago.

22 September 2016

David Tune to Lead Major Review of Aged Care Reforms

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the appointment of David Tune AO PSM to lead the Aged Care Legislated Review.

22 September 2016

Minister praises inspiring Paralympians

Federal Sports Minister Sussan Ley has congratulated Australia’s Paralympic team on its performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, following the squad’s return home to Australia.

21 September 2016

Dementia diagnosed every 3 seconds worldwide

Every 3 seconds one person worldwide is diagnosed with dementia – a group of conditions, which affects over 350,000 Australians and 46 million people worldwide.

20 September 2016

Funding boost means more students access increased training opportunities in Whyalla

Health and medical students in Whyalla and a number of other locations throughout rural and regional areas of South Australia will receive greater opportunities to undertake their training, as a part of an Australian Government initiative.

19 September 2016

Opening of the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round

Existing and prospective aged care providers are encouraged to apply for allocations from the more than 10,000 national residential aged care places and 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places for 2016-17.

16 September 2016

Advocating for better aged care services

Advocates and consumers are being encouraged to have their say to help inform the design of future aged care advocacy services that focus on individual advocacy support.

16 September 2016

Improved dementia support through program redesign

Two associations have been selected to deliver a national dementia behaviour management service and a streamlined training program to better support people with dementia and their carers.

16 September 2016

World First Cancer Centre Targets Childhood Leukemia

A world-leading Australian research centre will analyse cancer proteins with the aim of improving diagnosis and treatment, initially focussing on childhood leukemia.

15 September 2016

Drowning takes fewer infants but more men

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has urged Australians to take care around waterways, following the launch of the 2015-16 Royal Life Saving Society Australia’s (RLSSA) National Drowning Report.

15 September 2016

Reform of Regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices

Cancer patients could potentially have access to some new medicines two years earlier than at present under changes to the regulation of medicines and medical devices announced by the Australian Government.

14 September 2016

Landmark medicinal cannabis legislation to be further strengthened

The Australian Government has introduced important legislation to ensure security and law and order is maintained.

13 September 2016

Australia’s health 2016 reports a healthy nation

A new snapshot of Australia’s health has found we are living longer than ever before, but the rise of chronic disease still presents challenges in achieving equal health outcomes for Indigenous Australians and people living outside metropolitan areas.

11 September 2016

New CEO for Mental Health Commission

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, has announced that Dr Peggy Brown has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission.

10 September 2016

Connect, Communicate and Care to Help Save a Life

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP said World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme of ‘connect, communicate and care’, like RUOK? Day, highlights the importance of starting a conversation.

09 September 2016

Funding boost for Women’s Health organisation

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced funding of $8.25 million until 2019 to women’s health organisation Jean Hailes, to expand its education and outreach work.

09 September 2016

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day

The importance of not consuming alcohol during pregnancy is highlighted through International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day.

09 September 2016

Review of safety standards for PFAS chemicals released

The independent report on the human health reference values for per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water has been released.

09 September 2016

Review should allay fears on PFAS contamination standards

Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Hobbs, today welcomed the findings of an independent evaluation of standards for water contamination by per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

08 September 2016

Paralympians to make Australia proud

Minster for Sport Sussan Ley has wished Australia’s 178 Australian athletes the very best for the 15th Paralympic Games in Rio, saying the country would be cheering them on.

08 September 2016

Three little words could save a life

R U OK? Sometimes it’s the simplest words that are the hardest to say, but today we are being encouraged to start a conversation with someone if we notice they are struggling to cope.

07 September 2016

Rural and Remote Health Needs Commitment

Rural and remote health is built on the commitment, the expertise and the courage of the rural and remote health workforce the Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, told a symposium on rural and remote health research in Canberra.

06 September 2016

Medicare items review backed by health professionals, patients

The majority of health professionals and patients support the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure every taxpayer dollar invested in Medicare delivers clinically-relevant, up-to-date and safe care, a new study has found.

06 September 2016

You Are Not Alone during Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia Awareness month, and with one-in-10 Australians over the age of 65 affected, we’re being encouraged to help sufferers feel less isolated and alone.

05 September 2016

WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK: supporting women’s health in a changing world 5-9 September 2016

Women’s Health Week is putting the focus on the health of Australian women and girls, with a range of events across the country and online activities to get women thinking about their health, and taking action to improve it.

04 September 2016

More than 2000 medicine brands to drop in price

More than 2000 medicine brands treating common conditions will drop in price for millions of Australians from next month – some by as much as 50 per cent or more – with the Turnbull Government delivering a win-win for consumers and taxpayers.

03 September 2016

New medicine labels to promote safer use for consumers

New consumer labels on medicines are being introduced to provide simpler instructions and to address safety concerns for people with allergies and reduce accidental overdose.

02 September 2016

Get your team jersey on to spark a lifesaving conversation

The Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM MP is urging Australians to wear their favourite team colours for Jersey Day on Friday September 2 to help spark a conversation about organ donation.

31 August 2016

New National Cancer Register aims to save lives

Health Minister Sussan Ley will introduce the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016 to establish a new national register.

26 August 2016

Healthy Food Partnership Communiqué

24 August 2016

Doctor Numbers Rise but Need for Better Distribution

A new report showing a major increase in the number of doctors working in Australia demonstrates successive Government policies over the past 20 years have been working.

24 August 2016

Welcome home Rio Olympians

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has welcomed home Australia’s 2016 Rio Olympic team.

24 August 2016

Zika & Rio – ‘Precaution best protection’ on return

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is reminding Australians heading home from the Rio Olympic Games to be conscious of Zika virus and exercise “precaution as the best protection”.

22 August 2016

Hearing Awareness Week

It’s Hearing Awareness Week – with this year’s theme, hearing is precious and fragile, reminding us how important our hearing is, and that once damaged, it cannot be repaired.

14 August 2016

Diabetes breakthrough part of $70m PBS medicines listings

As many as 20,000 Australians living with Type 2 diabetes will find it easier and cheaper to manage their condition every day thanks to the Turnbull Government subsidising another $70 million round of new revolutionary medicines that will also help save the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer.

13 August 2016

Suicide prevention trial for Kimberley region

The Turnbull Government will establish a landmark suicide prevention trial site in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region, helping lead the way in tackling suicide rates in indigenous communities across the country.

11 August 2016

Government supports veterans and ADF personnel

The Australian Government will increase support for veterans and ADF members, including an employment initiative to support people moving from military service to civilian life.

04 August 2016

Independent Review of toxicity levels of PFAS chemicals

The Australian Government today honoured its commitment to investigate the potential risks to human health from the long term use of legacy fire fighting foams.

03 August 2016

New biomedical fund to capitalise on our research and entrepreneurial strengths

A new fund to accelerate the development and commercialisation of Australian biomedical discoveries is now officially launched.

02 August 2016

Commonwealth Ministers to meet in Rio ahead of Gold Coast 2018

Federal Minister for Sport Sussan Ley departs for Rio 2016 to chair the 8th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting ahead of the XXXI Olympic Games.

02 August 2016

Growing at one every 38 seconds the My Health Record hits 4 million!

Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the number of people with a My Health Record has surpassed 4 million, or around 17 per cent of all Australians.

01 August 2016

Appointment of CEO for the Australian Digital Health Agency

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced the appointment of Mr Tim Kelsey as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems.

28 July 2016

Thousands of Australians now Hep C Free

The Australian Government’s watershed commitment to eradicate Hepatitis C within a generation is paying off, with thousands of Australians now Hep C Free as a result of a $1 billion investment.

27 July 2016

Ensuring Australians get most from community pharmacy

The Australian Government is ensuring Australians get the best experience possible from community pharmacy and wants to hear from the entire pharmaceutical supply chain – including consumers – on how to deliver it.

26 July 2016

Young Australians encouraged to take the lead – don’t delay, register today

The Australian Government is urging young Australians to put their good intentions about organ donation into effect by registering and sharing their decision online.

25 July 2016

Australia’s response to IOC Russia decision

The Australian Government notes the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision and the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) endorsement of it.

18 July 2016

Appointment as Minister for Health, Aged Care & Sport

It is an honour to be reappointed as Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport.

13 July 2016

Retirement of Chief Medical Officer

The Secretary of the federal Department of Health, Martin Bowles, has announced that Professor Chris Baggoley will retire as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on July 15.

22 June 2016

Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Secretary’s Series Address

Martin Bowles, Secretary, Department of Health, gave a public address at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) event on 21 June 2016.

26 May 2016

National Cancer Screening Register

Following a competitive tender process that commenced on 10 August last year, the Federal Department of Health has appointed Telstra Health to develop and operate the new National Cancer Screening Register.

06 May 2016

Olympic gold medallist appointed to Australian Sports Commission

Federal Sports Minister Sussan Ley has appointed Olympic gold medallist Danielle Roche to the board of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

05 May 2016

Community Awareness Grants awarded to help boost registration of donation decisions

Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced almost $400,000 in Community Awareness Grants to enable 17 organisations to help encourage more Australians to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and to discuss their decision with family and friends.

02 May 2016

Matildas hit Canberra to launch final preparations for RIO 2016

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley has announced the latest round of funding for the national side and other Olympic hopefuls, and renewed support for grassroots female football participation.

01 May 2016

New anti-smoking campaign aims to Close the Gap

The Coalition Government will launch the latest phase of the National Tobacco Campaign tonight as it aims to Close the Gap in smoking rates.

29 April 2016

Empowering children with diabetes

A new resource for schools to help their students with diabetes has been launched by Minister for Health Sussan Ley.

23 April 2016

Turnbull Govt to double public dental investment

The Turnbull Government will deliver the largest-ever Commonwealth-investment in frontline public dental services to ensure those who need it most, such as children and adult concession card holders, do not fall through the cracks.

21 April 2016

Australia Funds UN Action on Illicit Drugs

Australia has pledged $200,000 to two United Nations initiatives which aim to reduce the human toll caused by the global trade in illicit drugs.

20 April 2016

Could over 40,000 cancer cases in Australia be prevented?

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today launched Check Your Cancer Risk, an interactive online tool to help people understand how lifestyle factors can contribute to their risk of cancer.

17 April 2016

New online approach to beating illicit drug use in sport

A new free online tool will help guide and support athletes, coaches and sports administrators on the potential consequences of illicit drug use in sport.

11 April 2016

New guidelines for organ transplantation released

A record number of Australians benefited from receiving an organ transplant in 2015 with 1,241 Australians receiving a life changing transplant from the generosity of 435 deceased donors and their families.

08 April 2016

New four-strain flu vaccine available from this month

A new four-strain flu vaccine, protecting against the nasty Brisbane virus, is being made available for at-risk Australians for free from this month by the Australian Government.

06 April 2016

Statement from Minister Nash following meeting of remote health providers

Statement from Minister Nash following meeting of remote health providers

04 April 2016

Appointments to the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board

The Australian Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund has taken another important step towards delivering Australia’s unlimited potential in realising life-saving and life-changing medical breakthroughs.

03 April 2016

Cheaper medicines from this weekend

Millions of prescriptions for common medicines, treating everything from cholesterol to high blood pressure, will drop in price for consumers by as much as $20 – or 60 per cent – from this weekend, many for the first time, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today.

31 March 2016

A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Australian Government will revolutionise the way we care for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions – aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living happier and healthier lives at home.

31 March 2016

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué 31 March 2016

Communiqué of outcomes from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting held on 31 March 2016 by teleconference.

30 March 2016

Statement from Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash

Statement from Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash following the death of remote area nurse Gayle Woodford in the NPY lands.

24 March 2016

Unite to end TB on World Tuberculosis Day

Today marks World TB Day, a timely reminder that while we are fortunate to have low rates of tuberculosis (TB) in Australia, the threat is still present in our region.

23 March 2016

What single test can save up to 500 Australian lives every year?

In a renewed bid to cut the incidence of bowel cancer, the Australian Government launched A Gift for Living campaign on 23 March 2016.

18 March 2016

$910 million boost creates over 17,000 new aged care places

Thousands of Australians will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing 17,385 new aged care places worth an estimated $910 million.

17 March 2016

National Rural Health Student Network celebrates milestone

Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, has congratulated the National Rural Health Student Network on 21 years of operation and the promotion of rural health careers.

11 March 2016

Government Supports Closing the Gap in Eye Health

Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Rural Health and Deputy Leader of the Nationals, has announced $2.5 million in funding to provide continued support to the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.

11 March 2016

Health Secretary outlines the challenges of health reform to Committee for Economic Development of Australia

The broad reform agenda that the Australian Government is embarking on in health is being enthusiastically embraced by the Federal Department of Health as it moves to better deliver strategic policy advice and action.

06 March 2016

Greater transparency needed to help consumers debunk junk policies

Minister for Health Sussan Ley's statement regarding private health insurance policies.

04 March 2016

My Health Record gets one million more reasons to sign up

The number of Australians with a digital health record will jump by more than a million, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving health outcomes and saving lives through digital innovation and information sharing.

03 March 2016

$129.4 million in grants to support medical research

The Australian Government has awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia’s preeminent researchers.

01 March 2016

Health premiums hit 4 year low after record resubmissions

Health insurance premium increases will hit a four year-low in 2016 after a record number of insurers resubmitted lower price rises in response to a direct request from Minister for Health Sussan Ley.

01 March 2016

Hep C cures available today for as low as $6.20 a prescription

Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced Australians with Hep C would now pay just $6.20 a prescription if they were a concession card holder or $38.30 a prescription as a general patient for four different cures listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

29 February 2016

Figures reveal Ice Taskforce was the right call

New figures from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Council revealing ice use tripled between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

28 February 2016

#girlsmakeyourmove for the rest of your lives

The Turnbull Government is today launching a landmark awareness campaign to encourage younger Australian women to ‘make your move’ after bombshell new research found teenage girls were only half as physically active as their male peers.

24 February 2016

Can you name a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has highlighted a new social media awareness campaign as an important initiative to improve women’s knowledge and awareness of ovarian cancer.

24 February 2016

Canberrans celebrate 10 years of the Gift of Life DonateLife Walk

Thousands of Australians showed their support for organ and tissue donation by taking part in the 10th annual Gift of Life DonateLife Walk around Lake Burley Griffin.

24 February 2016

Historic medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

Parliament has passed the Australian Government’s historic legislation delivering the “missing piece” for Australian patients and their doctors to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

19 February 2016

Support for Breastfeeding

Almost $1 million will be provided to the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to allow it to continue its 24 hour National Breastfeeding Helpline.

11 February 2016

Greater Choices in Home Care

Older Australians will have greater choice and control over their aged care services under proposed changes to aged care legislation.

11 February 2016

HBF premium announcement welcome

Private health insurer HBF announces they will be resubmitting a lower premium for their members.

10 February 2016

Landmark medicinal cannabis legislation introduced today

The Australian Government will introduce landmark legislation providing the “missing piece” for Australian patients and their doctors to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

09 February 2016

Australia’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation rates improve in 2015

Australia has continued its improvement in organ and tissue donation and transplantation with a record year in 2015.

05 February 2016

Prostheses reform a priority for cheaper health premiums

The Australian Government will look to make thousands of medical devices ranging from pacemakers to pins and plates more affordable and accessible for patients in a move that will also reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums.

03 February 2016

Gender-equity in travel a priority for Australian sport

The Australian Government has moved to ensure travel arrangements for major international sporting events are gender-equitable and that female athletes receive the same travel standards as male athletes.

02 February 2016

Minister Nash releases independent organ donation and transplantation review

The Government has welcomed the independent review into the organ donation and transplantation sector.

02 February 2016

One step online registration to increase organ donation

Australians will soon be able to register as organ donors in less than ten minutes online, the Minister responsible for organ donation Fiona Nash has announced.

01 February 2016

Private Health Insurance Premiums - Request for More Information

I have asked all Private Health Insurers to provide additional information regarding possible premium increases for 2016 in an attempt to ensure consumers get the best deal.

25 January 2016

New measures to encourage childhood vaccinations

09 January 2016

Holiday travel perfect time to talk biosecurity

The busy holiday travel season is the perfect time to talk about the importance of protecting Australia against communicable diseases entering the country, Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, said today.

07 January 2016

Extra Government Funding for Royal Flying Doctor Service

03 January 2016

New Aged Care Complaints Commissioner gets to work

Australia’s ‘independent’ Aged Care Complaints Commissioner starts work this week, to handle and investigate any complaint relating to a Commonwealth subsidised residential or home-based aged care service.

01 January 2016

Discount PBS Prescriptions Start Today Jan 1

Today marks the start of landmark competition reforms in the medicines sector, whereby pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for the first time.

30 December 2015

ACCC Panadol Osteo

There are no obvious market changes that justify such a substantial increase.

28 December 2015

Review of Medicare Benefits Schedule

The Turnbull Government is committed to working with health professionals and patients to build a Medicare Benefits Schedule that is based on contemporary clinical practice.

20 December 2015

Turnbull Government Invests over $1billion to Cure HEP C

The Turnbull Government will invest more-than $1 billion to give all Australians with Hepatitis C access to breakthrough cures that could all but eradicate the deadly and debilitating disease within a generation.

17 December 2015

Collaborative Cancer Research passes $100m milestone

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, and Cancer Australia have confirmed the latest round of cancer research funding from the nation’s leading cancer agency, pushing the amount invested past $100 million dollars in eight years.

16 December 2015

Stronger Compliance to Protect Integrity of Aged Care Sector

A stronger compliance regime, including tough new fines, and better-targeting of funding will be introduced to protect the integrity of Australia’s residential aged care sector.

15 December 2015

Building a Health Workforce for Rural Australia

More doctors, nurses and allied health professionals will be trained and located in rural Australia under an overhaul of clinical training by the Australian Government.

15 December 2015

Labor blows $500m for 1% increase in pathology bulk-billing rates

Pathology bulk billing rates have only increased by about 1 percent since Labor introduced a bulk billing incentive in 2009/10, despite the subsidy costing taxpayers half-a-billion dollars over the same five year period.

11 December 2015

$5.79 million to support aged care in rural and remote communities

The Australian Government announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia.

11 December 2015

Questions raised over aged care workforce programmes: Stocktake

More-than-half of all taxpayer-funded aged care workforce programmes have never had their performance reviewed or evaluated, a new stocktake has found.

10 December 2015

Fund to bridge biomedical research to market gaps

The Australian Government’s $250 million Biomedical Translation Fund will bridge the gap between research and commercialisation of new Australian biomedical discoveries.

10 December 2015

Summer safety campaign kicks in $5000 to Australia’s Surf Life Saving Clubs

Every surf life-saving club across the nation will receive $5000 to improve safety equipment and better-prevent drownings this summer as part of the latest round of Commonwealth funding.

08 December 2015

Indigenous Aged Care Graduates to Help Meet Future Workforce Demands

More than 30 Indigenous aged care graduates are about to embark on a career in a priority industry, thanks to an Australian Government-funded programme which aims to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

07 December 2015

Turning Medical Research into Commercial Reality

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

06 December 2015

A new action plan to tackle ice

The Australian Government has released the National Ice Taskforce Final Report and the Commonwealth response.

05 December 2015

40,000 Australians have their say on private health

Almost 40,000 Australians have flooded the Government’s online survey asking whether they are getting value for money from their private health cover and how best to improve their policy

05 December 2015

Grass roots a key to tackling ice

The Australian Government will enlist local sports clubs and empower local communities to tackle the use of crystal methamphetamine or “ice”.

02 December 2015

Medicinal cannabis to be cultivated through single national scheme

Australia will create a nationally-consistent licensing scheme regulating the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes that will streamline the process across the country.

01 December 2015

Medicare Safety Net Arrangements

The Turnbull Government is currently undertaking broad-ranging reforms to build a healthier Medicare.

27 November 2015

Sports journalists honoured

26 November 2015

A new blueprint for mental health services

26 November 2015

Dial one phone number for mental health HELP

Australians suffering mental health issues will only have to dial one dedicated phone number to immediately access the help they need under a bold new Turnbull Government reform plan to be announced today.

26 November 2015

Mental health moves towards individualised care packages

For the first time, Australians with a severe and complex mental illness will have access to an integrated care package tailored to their individual needs, as part of broad, bold reforms to be unveiled by the Turnbull Government today.

25 November 2015

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Annual Dinner- Great Hall, Parliament House

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley addressed the Pharmacy Guild of Australia at the Annual Dinner- Great Hall, Parliament House

24 November 2015

Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation

The Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, tonight announced the membership of the Expert Panel for the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation (the Review), together with its Terms of Reference.

20 November 2015

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué

Communiqué of outcomes from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting held on 20 November 2015 in Canberra.

20 November 2015

Release of Final Report of Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation

The second, and final, report from the Independent Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation has been released.

17 November 2015

Australia signs new health cooperation agreements with China

Australia has signed agreements with China, refreshing the framework for technical cooperation between the two countries on health issues, including communicable disease control, preventative health, and medicines policy.

16 November 2015

National day announced to honour organ and tissue donors and their families

Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash has asked Australians to reflect on the gift of organ donation this week ahead of DonateLife Thank You Day on Sunday 22 November 2015.

15 November 2015

Health Minister to visit China and Indonesia

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, will visit China and Indonesia next week (16-20 November) for talks with senior Ministers and to enhance health, sports and aged care partnerships.

13 November 2015

20,000+ Australians voice their views on private health

More than 20,000 Australians have voiced their views on how to make private health insurance better value for consumers just five days after it was launched.

13 November 2015

Australia delivers new national diabetes strategy on World Day

The Australian Government has released a new national strategy to tackle diabetes, which is emerging as a major chronic illness for patients – and threat to the health of the economy – in Australia.

13 November 2015

Healthy Food Partnership

12 November 2015

Ebola Screening Measures Downgraded

The Australian Government will begin downscaling domestic border screening measures for Ebola at airports and seaports to reflect the decreased risk to Australia.

09 November 2015

$630 million for over 800 innovative research projects

The Australian Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia’s world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure as it continues to drive innovation in Australia.

08 November 2015

Half-a-million Australians downgrade private health cover

Australians dumped or downgraded half-a-million ‘all-inclusive’ private health insurance policies last year as record numbers flocked to cheaper cover with exclusions and excesses, official figures show.

08 November 2015

Healthy Food Partnership to tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating

Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash has announced a new partnership of preventative health groups, food industry bodies and government to cooperatively tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating.

06 November 2015

New flu protections following high season

Vulnerable Australians will get free access to even stronger protections against the flu in 2016 following another record number of reported cases in 2015.

05 November 2015

Improving dementia support for all Australians

The Australian Government will build improved and nationally consistent dementia support services for all Australians following independent analysis that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.

03 November 2015

Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter

The Australian Government will address inconsistencies in the nation’s PBS that see many concessional patients with a prescription for common medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin paying higher prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.

02 November 2015

Misuse of Medicare chronic disease items

Serious concerns have been raised about the misuse of taxpayer-funded chronic disease management plans by 'less scrupulous' medical practices for personal financial gain, as millions of dollars in incorrect Medicare claims are ordered to be repaid.

02 November 2015

New drug listing Iclusig for chronic myeloid leukaemia

Patients with rare chronic myeloid leukaemia and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia now have affordable access to a life-changing medicine that would normally cost up to $66,500 per year for treatment.

01 November 2015

Congratulations to the Wallabies

Congratulations to our Australian Wallabies side on their efforts in claiming a silver medal at the rugby union World Cup.

25 October 2015

Saving lives in Australian rivers

A new water safety campaign launched today aims to reduce the number of drowning deaths occurring in Australian rivers.

22 October 2015

New goals to improve Indigenous health

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan to help Close the Gap by improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

22 October 2015

Providing the helping hand for dementia severe behaviour

A new Government initiative will provide a helping hand to aged care residents who exhibit severe behaviour as a result of their dementia and assist them to manage their symptoms.

21 October 2015

Fairer, simpler Medicare Safety Net to help more patients

More Australians could have faster access to simpler safety net protections against large medical expenses under a Government proposal introduced into Parliament on 21 October 2015.

20 October 2015

The time for getting around to an active lifestyle is now

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is pleading with Australian women to “put their health first” and get active to ensure they – and their families - live more healthy, happy and productive lives.

19 October 2015

$43 million to continue search for a cure to dementia

Seventy-six researchers will share in $43 million to support bold and innovative new ideas to not only tackle the impacts of dementia but to find ways of preventing and curing the debilitating disease.

17 October 2015

Government support to allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes

The Turnbull Government will seek parliamentary support to allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes in Australia to deliver patients access to a safe, legal and sustainable supply of locally-produced products for the first-time.

13 October 2015

Health Star Rating success as Uncle Toby’s improves recipes

News that Uncle Toby’s has made its recipes healthier to receive a better Health Star Rating has been welcomed by Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash.

12 October 2015

$10 million advertising campaign to reduce Indigenous smoking rates

Some $10 million from the National Tobacco Campaign will target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a new anti-smoking advertising campaign.

12 October 2015

Minister welcomes Kellogg’s healthy change as Health Star Ratings power ahead

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has welcomed news Kellogg’s has changed the recipe of one of its biggest-selling cereals and will now receive a better Health Star Rating.

11 October 2015

Speech - LASA Congress

LASA National Congress

09 October 2015

Developing a 21st century electronic health record system

Minister for Health Sussan Ley thas announced the Committee that will oversee the rebooted personalised My Health Record system for patients and doctors.

08 October 2015

Australian General Practice Training programme (AGPT)

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) programme is a fully Commonwealth funded postgraduate vocational training programme for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice.

08 October 2015

GP Training Advisory Committee

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced appointments to the new, profession led GP Training Advisory Committee to oversee governance of the Australian General Practice Training programme.

05 October 2015

Coming soon: A new approach for our mental health system

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has encouraged all Australians to reach out to friends and family this Mental Health Week (October 2 to 10), and has foreshadowed significant structural reform of the mental health system.

30 September 2015

Minister Ley Appointment as Minister for Aged Care

Never has there been a more exciting time to live in Australia. We are living longer, more productive lives.

29 September 2015

Unnecessary, out-dated or unsafe medical services? Tell us about it!

Australians who have undergone a Medicare-funded service, procedure or test they considered to be unnecessary, out-dated or even potentially unsafe in recent years are being encouraged to let the Federal Government know about it.

23 September 2015

Facts speak for themselves on drug listings

Australia has a world-class Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

17 September 2015

Community active in fight against childhood cancers

Thousands of Australians will come together to raise awareness of the devastating impact of childhood cancers and to promote more research into these cancers in a new and innovative event.

16 September 2015

Australian Health and Wellbeing on Agenda at NICNAS Roundtable

Protection of Australians and the environment was on the agenda when Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash met representatives of the Australian chemical industry at Parliament House.

15 September 2015

Drownings highlight more care needed around water

Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley urges all Australians to take care around water ways following an increase in the number of drownings over the past year.

09 September 2015

Statement on Chris Thomas’ election as World Transplant Games President

A statement congratulating Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas on being elected President of the World Transplant Games Federation.

09 September 2015

Statement/Letter to the editor on rural health

An update on rural, regional and remote healthcare by the Assistant Minister for Health.

08 September 2015

Statement from Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash on calls to legalise the drug “ice”

The Australian Government will never legalise a drug that destroys brain function, mental wellbeing, general health, employment, relationships, lives and families.

07 September 2015

COAG Health Council Communique - 7 August 2015

The Federal and State and Territory Health Ministers met in Darwin today at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by Jack Snelling, Minister for Health, South Australia.

04 September 2015

Appointments to Cancer Australia Advisory Council

Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the appointment of a renewed membership of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council.

04 September 2015

Interview on 1233 ABC Newcastle with Jill Emberson

Interview with Jill Emberson regarding After hours GP services, Medicare sustainability, Primary Health Care discussion paper.

04 September 2015

Interview on 2ue Afternoons with Justin Smith

Interview with Justin Smith regarding Medicare annual figures, Medicare sustainability.

04 September 2015

Interview on 5AA Adelaide with Leon Byner

Interview with Leon Byner regarding Medicare annual figures, Medicare sustainability and Medibank and Calvary negotiations

03 September 2015

Last chance to have a say on Primary Health Care Reform

September 3 is the last day to join the thousands of Australians who have had their say as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reforming primary health care and building a healthier Medicare.

03 September 2015

Medicare claims hit 1 million per day

Medicare is now being billed over one million times a day for the first time in history, as new figures show growth in claims outstripped the number of new patients three-to-one over the past decade.

01 September 2015

New drug listing Keytruda to treat melanoma

Patients with melanoma will now have access to breakthrough medicine Keytruda on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

31 August 2015

Australian-first national approach to Indigenous cancer care

An Australian-first national approach to addressing the Indigenous cancer gap establishes seven new national priorities to reduce the increasing cancer mortality rates in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

31 August 2015

Coalition Government’s ice advertising cuts through

Independent evaluation into the results of the Australian Government’s ice advertising has heaped praise on the campaign

31 August 2015

New agreement for the Mersey Hospital

The formal signing of the $148.5 million agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments means North-Western Tasmanians will continue to receive high-quality care at the local Mersey Community Hospital.

30 August 2015

Medibank-Calvary Resolution

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley has welcomed the news that Calvary Private Hospitals and Medibank have finalised an agreement ahead of their August 31 deadline.

28 August 2015

Community safety on the agenda for new consultative committee

Community safety will be a priority for the new Strategic Consultative Committee for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

28 August 2015

Pregnancy folate reminder

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, has written to networks representing GPs and obstetricians alerting them to a global shortage of folic acid for food fortification that may affect Australia.

24 August 2015

Families dealing with children’s cancer to get additional support

Hundreds of Australian families dealing with children’s cancer will get greater support with the launch of a one-stop Children’s Cancer Website, the first of its kind in Australia.

24 August 2015

Patients shouldn’t be held ransom in private health ‘Game of Thrones’: Ley

Patient safety and welfare should be the priority in any negotiations between private hospitals and health insurers, not used as ransom in a cynical “Game of Thrones”, Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley said

21 August 2015

Grants to develop female sport leaders

The Abbott Government has opened applications for a $400,000 grants programme to support and develop women leaders in Australian sport.

18 August 2015

Hearing loss: Early intervention the key

Early intervention remains the key to reducing the rate of hearing loss in Australians, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said.

16 August 2015

Diamond’s Netball World Cup Victory

Congratulaions to our world-conquering Diamonds following their hard-fought victory in the 2015 Netball World Cup Grand Final.

12 August 2015

Medical Research Future Fund Bill Passes

The successful passage of the Government’s legislation to establish the Medical Research Future Fund will significantly strengthen Australia’s standing as one of the global leaders in the field of medical research.

12 August 2015

New stats reveal 50% of Australians battling chronic disease

The need for Primary Health Care reform has been highlighted with the release of new statistics that show half of all Australians have at least one chronic disease.

10 August 2015

Australian Government assistance for elite Indigenous sportspeople

Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley has paid tribute to the significant contribution Indigenous athletes have made in the Australian sporting landscape.

07 August 2015

Abbott Government to tackle dementia research

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has launched a three-pronged approach to support and promote dementia research in the search of new treatments, models of care and ways of preventing the debilitating disease.

07 August 2015

Netball World Cup to inspire more kids in sport

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley has welcomed the international netball community to Australia for the 2015 World Cup.

07 August 2015

Youth self-harm, suicide & depression rates ‘confronting’: Ley

A confronting picture around teenage depression, self-harm and suicide has been painted by the largest ever national survey of youth mental health of its kind in Australian history.

04 August 2015

Primary health care reform discussion paper released

The Australian Government has released an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’.

31 July 2015

Government to continue Inborn Error of Metabolism Programme

Patients on the Inborn Error of Metabolism programme will continue to have access to government subsidy.

30 July 2015

$15.3 Million for Purple House

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Central Australia will reap the benefits of a funding boost to Western Desert Dialysis, also known as Purple House.

30 July 2015

Renewed Agreement to Improve Health and Wellbeing

The Australian Government, Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of NT (AMSANT) have re-committed to a framework agreement aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

30 July 2015

Ten stellar stories of health and medical research

Ten Australian research grants that led to ground-breaking medical discoveries and important changes to health care have been highlighted in this year’s Ten of the Best Research Projects.

29 July 2015

$10 Million Support for Central Australia Renal Patients

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Central Australia are being further supported to access dialysis services.

28 July 2015

Australia’s leading hospital for organ donation

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, visited the ICU facilities at the Melbourne hospital, The Alfred, to speak with doctors and patients involved in organ donation and transplantation.

27 July 2015

Blood Processing Centre key to Australia’s safe blood supply

The most technologically advanced and largest blood processing centre in the southern hemisphere was acknowledged by the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, as playing a key role in ensuring Australia’s blood supply is safe and secure.

27 July 2015

Life-saving drug for Adult Pompe patients

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has approved a life-saving drug that will ensure adult Australian Pompe patients receive treatment that previously would have cost several hundred thousand dollars at no out-of-pocket cost.

24 July 2015

Clearer vision for Australians with expanded listing of new drug

Patients with a range of serious eye conditions now have affordable access to life-changing medicines that normally cost up to $10,000 for treatment.

24 July 2015

Ice Taskforce interim report

The Prime Minister presented the National Ice Taskforce interim report to COAG, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the development of a National Ice Strategy.

23 July 2015

Appointments to key health and medical research body

Leading medical researchers, academics, clinicians and administrators have been appointed to the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

22 July 2015

Talks to Focus on Indigenous Mental Health

Reducing mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be the focus of high level talks between government, mental health experts and Indigenous leaders at Parliament House.

20 July 2015

Sporting Schools kicks off across Australia today

The biggest change to school sport in over a decade has kicked off for hundreds of thousands of primary school students across Australia as part of a $100 million Australian Government initiative to keep them fit, healthy and happy.

16 July 2015

$2.5 million to keep RFDS flying high in WA

Western Australians will have greater access to medical services where ever they live or travel in the state with the Abbott Government to support the purchase of a new aeroplane for the Western Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA RFDS).

08 July 2015

Record numbers of Australians coming down with flu

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is urging people to get their flu shots in response to new statistics that show the number of flu cases in Australia are up by over 50 per cent in 2015 as compared to the same time last year.

07 July 2015

Alastair Lucas AO

It is with great sadness that I recognise the passing of Mr Alastair Lucas AO.

03 July 2015

$6.4m for nurses to deliver health in areas of greatest need

A $6.4 million Abbott Government commitment to a nursing in primary health care programme will aim to improve access to health care for rural and remote communities, older Australians and those with chronic disease.

03 July 2015

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué 3 July 2015

01 July 2015

Nash urges consumers to make their voices heard on country of origin labelling

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has urged shoppers to make their views known on country of origin labelling reform via the government’s online survey, which closes Friday, 3 July.

01 July 2015

New breast & lung cancer drugs available from today

Breast and Lung Cancer patients will have affordable access to life-changing medicines that normally cost up to $80,000 for treatment from 1 July.

01 July 2015

New figures reveal percentage of women proactively screening for breast cancer falling

Australian women aged between 50 and 74 are urged to ensure they are up-to-date with their breast screens following new national figures released that revealed the percentage of women who were screened in 2013/14 had fallen.

30 June 2015

Bigger incentives to attract doctors to rural towns begin tomorrow

New payments to help rural, regional and remote towns across Australia attract doctors begin on 1 July 2015.

30 June 2015

Nash announces increased support for Living Organ Donors Programme

Employers offering leave to employees who are donating organs will receive extra support from the Federal Coalition Government as of July 1.

30 June 2015

Sights set on improving eye health in regional WA

Residents of rural, regional and remote Western Australia will have better access to eye health care with an Australian Government investment in the Lions Outback Vision Van.

28 June 2015

New drug listing Keytruda to treat melanoma

The Commonwealth Government will invest $57 million to list breakthrough melanoma drug Keytruda® on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

25 June 2015

Australians forced to wait 15 months for new drugs vs US & Europe: Report

Australian patients are being forced to wait up to 15 months longer to access the latest breakthrough medicines than in the US or Europe because drug companies are delaying bringing them down under, a new landmark report has revealed.

25 June 2015

Friday the last chance for Sporting Schools funding

Friday is the last day for primary schools across the country to benefit from the first funding round of the Australian Government’s $100 million Sporting School's programme.

25 June 2015

Release of independent review of medicine & medical device approvals

The first report from the independent review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation has been released and highlights the importance of cutting red tape and improving timely access to medicines and medical devices.

23 June 2015

Government stands firm on F1 medicine changes

The Australian Government remains committed to ensuring Australians continue to have affordable access to the latest medicines.

23 June 2015

Senate supports cheaper medicines for Australians

Consumers are the big winners from the Senate passing the Australian Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) reform package.

22 June 2015

More Australians are screening earlier for bowel cancer

New figures released as part of National Bowel Cancer Awareness month show a three per cent increase during the previous year in the number of Australians returning completed bowel cancer screening kits.

21 June 2015

2000+ medicine prices to fall by up to 50%

Over 2000 brands of common medicines could be slashed in price for millions of Australians - some by as much as 50 per cent – from next year in a “win-win” for consumers and taxpayers.

19 June 2015

PBAC world-first biosimilar drug decision

The Australian Government remains committed to accepting the expert advice of Australia’s independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) without ‘fear or favour’.

18 June 2015

Abbott Government working with mental health sector to action reform

The Australian Government is working hand-in-hand with the mental health sector to take the National Mental Health Commission’s landmark review from paper to policy.

16 June 2015

$372m to ensure timely access to chemotherapy drugs

The Australian Government will invest a record $372 million to ensure Australians continue to have timely access to life-saving chemotherapy drugs, no matter where they live in Australia.

11 June 2015

Australian children shooting towards a healthy lifestyle

Netball Australia has joined the Australian Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme to help schools increase the number of children playing sport.

11 June 2015

Sports participation shake up to get Australians off the couch

The Australian Government will unveil a new strategic way of supporting participation in organised sports as part of a $134 million funding package.

05 June 2015

Boost for mental health researcher in the development of online tool

Minister for Health Sussan Ley congratulated Dr Philip Batterham on receiving the 2015 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

04 June 2015

Establishment of expert groups to shape a healthier Medicare

The Australia Government has appointed some of Australia’s most well-respected health professionals and consumer representatives to work closely with the government to deliver a healthier Medicare.

02 June 2015

National Strategy to address antibiotic overuse

A new national strategy will aim to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance following statistics showing Australia’s consumption of antibiotics is among the highest in the developed world.

31 May 2015

Australia continues to lead world on anti-smoking

Australia’s world-leading role in reducing smoking rates continues as the latest phase of the National Tobacco Campaign launches on Sunday 31 May – World No Tobacco Day.

31 May 2015

New drug listing treats rare life-threatening lung cancer

The Abbott Government will invest $60 million listing a new drug to treat a rare life-threatening form of lung cancer that would otherwise cost patients over $80,000 per treatment without taxpayer subsidies.

29 May 2015

Coalition helps stamp out Indigenous smoking

The Coalition Government’s redesigned Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme will further reduce smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

28 May 2015

New agreement for the Mersey Hospital

North-Western Tasmanians will continue to receive high-quality care at the local Mersey Community Hospital following a $148.5 million in-principle agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments.

27 May 2015

Consumers big winners from medicines deals

The price of common medicines could be slashed for millions of Australians.

27 May 2015

Introduction of the Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015

The Australian Government is focused on ensuring Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers remain at the forefront of developing treatments and cures.

27 May 2015

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to be reformed

Australians will benefit from cheaper medicines, a more competitive pharmacy sector and greater investment in new medicines and patient support services.

27 May 2015

Response to resignation of David Koch

Media statement from Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash on the resignation of David Koch from his position as advisory board chairman of the Organ and Tissue Authority.

27 May 2015

Review of organ donation and transplantation programme

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has announced a review of the current organ and tissue donation and transplantation programme.

27 May 2015

Riverina Consortium to Focus on Palliative Care

Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has announced that a local consortium from Wagga Wagga was successful in securing funding of $3.3 million through the National Palliative Care Projects.

26 May 2015

Industrial chemical assessments simplified

Businesses will save an extra $23 million a year as the Australian Government continues to cut red tape.

26 May 2015

Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Australian Government funding for palliative care projects.

25 May 2015

Grants for Sporting Schools Now Open

Schools across the country can now apply for funding grants as part of the Australian Government’s $100 million Sporting School’s programme aimed to get more children fit and healthy and involved in sport earlier in life.

25 May 2015

Royal Flying Doctor Service a big winner in rural health budget initiatives

Rural and regional health is set to benefit from initiatives in the 2015-16 budget.

25 May 2015

Some 450 rural and regional towns receive boost to attract doctors

Some 450 rural and regional towns will receive greater incentives to attract GPs.

22 May 2015

Appointments to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced the appointment of Professor Andrew Wilson as the new Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

22 May 2015

Consultation extended for national diabetes conversation

The Australian Government is extending the consultation period for the National Diabetes Strategy to allow more public input into the nation’s largest conversation about diabetes.

22 May 2015

New funding arrangements to boost after hours GP Services

Australians will receive improved access to a local doctor after-hours under a new payment model that will encourage General Practices to treat patients outside of business hours.

21 May 2015

Abbott Government doubles drug listings for patients

The Australian Government has doubled the number of drug listings for consumers since coming to office.

20 May 2015

Australian-first website to connect more patients with clinical trials

In an Australian-first patients will be given access to potentially life-saving clinical trials.

19 May 2015

GPs still funded to deliver important kids checks

Parents can still access a pre-school health check for their child through their local GP.

18 May 2015

Update – 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement

The Government has reached in-principle agreement with pharmacists for a new pharmacy agreement valued at $18.9 billion over the next five years.

15 May 2015

Nash begins marathon tour gathering information on ice

Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, is set to travel nearly 20,000 kilometres across the length and breadth of Australia as she gathers information on all aspects of the ice issue.

15 May 2015

Nash thanks Wodonga and surrounding communities for input on ice

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has thanked Wodonga, Albury and surrounding communities for their input on issues around use of the drug ice.

11 May 2015

$100m to protect against national emergencies

The Australian Government’s 2015/16 Budget will invest $100 million to improve Australia’s ability to quickly and effectively respond to a health crisis caused by a natural disaster or terrorist attack at home or abroad.

10 May 2015

Abbott Govt to sink teeth into dental reform

The Abbott Government will seek to undertake much-needed practical reform of the nation’s fragmented dental system to ensure Australians get seamless access to the services they need, no matter who provides them.

10 May 2015

Budget providing the answers in fight against cancers

The Abbott Government’s 2015/16 Budget will improve cancer detection, treatment and prevention through a range of innovative new measures ensuring Australia remains a world leader in the field.

10 May 2015

Coalition Government launches advertising campaign to combat ice

The Federal Coalition Government has launched a hard-hitting new advertising campaign aimed at educating families and the broader community about the dangers of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine.

10 May 2015

Patients to get new myHealth Record: $485m ‘rescue’ package to reboot Labor’s e-health failures

The Abbott Government will deliver a rebooted personalised myHealth Record system for patients and doctors that will trial an opt-out, rather than opt-in, option as part of a $485 million budget rescue package to salvage Labor’s failed attempts to develop a national electronic medical records system.

09 May 2015

$1.3 billion to list life-saving medicines

The Abbott Government will invest $1.3 billion listing new medicines and vaccines that will save lives and help thousands of Australians manage debilitating conditions in its 2015-16 Budget.

04 May 2015

Medical boost for regional Australia

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today announced regional communities are benefitting from improved access to a local doctor with 81 graduates having commenced in Australian Government-funded medical internships in 2015.

25 April 2015

Pharmaceutical submission guidelines to be reviewed

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced a review of the PBAC's submission guidelines to ensure Australians continue to have affordable and timely access to new medicines and products.

22 April 2015

Abbott Government to deliver a healthier Medicare

The Australian Government will work hand-in-hand with health professionals and patients to deliver a healthier Medicare to ensure Australians continue receiving the high-quality and appropriate care they need as efficiently as possible.

22 April 2015

Inaugural meeting of the National Ice Taskforce

The Australian Government’s National Ice Taskforce met for the first time in Sydney on 22 April 2015.

21 April 2015

Vast Majority of Breakfast Cereals Set to Display Health Star Ratings

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has welcomed news that the vast majority of breakfast cereals are soon to display the Health Star System on their packaging.

20 April 2015

New health training facility in Northern Melbourne

Health Minister Sussan Ley has opened a new health training facility that will provide almost 1,000 medicine, nursing and allied health students with world class, hands on training.

19 April 2015

$26m booster to Immunise Australia

Busy parents stressed about keeping their child’s vaccinations up to date can breathe a little easier, with the Australian Government unveiling its $26 million budget booster to Immunise Australia.

19 April 2015

Get your flu shot before the flu gets you

Health Minister Sussan Ley is calling for all Australians to get their annual influenza shot, with a new, improved vaccine available from Monday 20 April.

18 April 2015

Bowel cancer not a dirty word

Australians most at risk of bowel cancer will have access to more frequent screening 14 years ahead of schedule.

17 April 2015

COAG Health Council Communique - 17 April 2015

The Federal and State and Territory Health Ministers met in Sydney at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues.

16 April 2015

Abbott Government plans national approach on Mental Health

The Australian Government is working towards the revival of a national approach to improving mental health outcomes and access to support services long-term.

15 April 2015

Nation’s largest diabetes conversation

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley is calling on Australians to have their say as part of the nation’s largest conversation about the best ways to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.

12 April 2015

Gold Coast to benefit from Metricon Stadium funding

The Australian Government will provide $15 million towards the construction of a replacement training and administration base for the Gold Coast Suns AFL Club at Metricon Stadium.

11 April 2015

New Primary Health Networks to deliver better local care

Australian patients are set to receive better access to frontline health services in their local area as part of the Australian Government’s plans to improve the health of the nation, with the country’s new Primary Health Network (PHN) on track to begin rolling out from July 1.

10 April 2015

New campaign to boost early breast cancer detection

All Australian women aged 50 to 74 will receive an invitation that could save their life.

10 April 2015

RIP Richie Benaud OBE

It’s a sad day for generations of cricket fans the world over and for all Australians with the passing of former Australian test cricket captain Richie Benaud OBE.

09 April 2015

New training regions for GP specialist training

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced new training regions and governance arrangements for the future delivery of GP specialist training.

08 April 2015

National Ice Taskforce

The Commonwealth Government will be working with States and Territories to develop a National Ice Action Strategy to tackle the growing scourge of ice (crystal methamphetamine).

02 April 2015

Mental Health funding confirmed

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced.

02 April 2015

Support for women leaders in sport

More than 700 women from 31 different sports will be supported to reach their leadership potential through the Federal Government’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) programme.

01 April 2015

$75 million for new medicine subsidies

The Australian Government has announced a further $75 million commitment to list three new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

01 April 2015

AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal

Australia is a proud sporting nation. With that comes high expectations athletes will not only compete, but compete fairly.

01 April 2015

Appointment of new ICT provider for Health

The Department has signed a five-year deal with Datacom to provide ICT infrastructure and support services.

01 April 2015

Re-Establishment of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service in Moree

The Australian Government is supporting much-needed drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Moree.

31 March 2015

Alcohol and drug treatment funding extended

Alcohol and drug treatment organisations which receive funding from the Australian Government will have their funding extended until 30 June 2016.

30 March 2015

Australia wins Cricket World Cup

Congratulations to our all-conquering World Cup cricket team!

29 March 2015

Update on Australian Assistance to Vanuatu

The Australian Government will continue to consult with the Government of Vanuatu on their ongoing needs in the wake of tropical Cyclone Pam.

28 March 2015

International recognition for Australian health centres

Four Australian health centres have been recognised as being among the best in the world for improving patient care through medical research.

25 March 2015

$120 million for tomorrow’s medical breakthrough

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced $123.5 million in grants to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of medical health and research.

25 March 2015

Australian kids hit healthy sixes

A new pilot programme will help schools increase the number of students playing cricket.

25 March 2015

Getting Australia off the couch & playing sport

The Australian Government has an ambitious game plan to get more Australians off the couch and participating in organised sport to help improve the health of the nation.

25 March 2015

Media Update - Hepatitis A linked to Frozen Berries

This page provides a Media Update - Hepatitis A in Frozen Berries as at 25 March 2015 - 11am.

25 March 2015

Register for Sporting Schools today

Schools, clubs and coaches can now sign up to be involved with Sporting Schools, the Australian Government’s new initiative to get more kids active and healthy.

19 March 2015

$150 million for special medical training

The Specialist Training Programme and the Emergency Medicine Programme will have their funding extended for 2016.

19 March 2015

Global Backing for Australia in Fight Against Ice

Australia's resolution to the 58th UN Conference on Narcotics – urging global cooperation on fighting the drug ice – has been formally adopted in Vienna.

18 March 2015

Positive progress and achievement from AMWG

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced the publication of new guidance for post market reviews of medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

17 March 2015

Australia Provides Additional Support to Vanuatu

Australia will provide additional medical assistance and urban search and rescue capability in response to the devastation resulting from tropical Cyclone Pam.

17 March 2015

Free flu vaccines for Indigenous children

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will receive free seasonal influenza vaccines this winter.

17 March 2015

Kicking goals with community soccer programme

The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Programme will continue to provide positive health outcomes for disadvantaged and marginalised Australians.

17 March 2015

RAAF swoops in to help on Indigenous health

Minister Nash has welcomed a new partnership between the peak body of Aboriginal health services, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and the Royal Australian Air Force.

13 March 2015

More consumer consultation in PBS process

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has welcomed moves to give consumers and patient groups a greater say around the listing of new medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

12 March 2015

Australia's resolution on ice gathers support at UN drugs conference

Australia's resolution to the 58th UN Conference on Narcotics - urging global cooperation on fighting the drug ice - is gathering support.

11 March 2015

AFL kids kicking healthy goals

A new pilot programme will help schools increase the number of students playing AFL.

10 March 2015

Interview on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly about the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Transcript of Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly about the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

08 March 2015

Australia to highlight issues around ice at UN drugs policy conference

Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, will attend the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.

05 March 2015

$1.4 billion boost in primary care for Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities across Australia will benefit from a $1.4 billion investment in primary and preventable health care as part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to closing the gap.

03 March 2015

Government continues Medicare consultation

The Australian Government is committed to protecting Medicare for the long-term.

27 February 2015

Private Health Insurance Premiums

Private health insurance premiums will increase by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent from April 1 2015.

26 February 2015

Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries

Media statement from the Chief Medical Officer regarding Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries.

26 February 2015

Statement on country of origin labelling

Statement from Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash on country of origin labelling.

24 February 2015

Update on Situation around Imported Berries And Hepatitis A

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, have moved to update Australians on the situation involving imported frozen berries and Hepatitis A.

18 February 2015

Action on Hepatitis A

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has moved to outline actions being taken following the importation and distribution of berries which appear to have carried Hepatitis A.

17 February 2015

Life-saving drug for young Pompe patients

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has approved a life-saving drug that will ensure young Australian Pompe patients receive treatment they previously may not have been able to access.

17 February 2015

Minister welcomes new Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Deputy Chair

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley has welcomed former Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimming medallist and businessman Mark Stockwell to the position of Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Deputy Chair.

14 February 2015

International cricket community arrives in Australia

The Minister for Sport Sussan Ley today welcomed the international cricket community to Australia for the 2015 ICC World Cup. The tournament, which begins today, will be held across 14 venues in Australia and New Zealand.

13 February 2015

Minister consults on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Pharmacy Agreement

The Abbott Government has given pharmacists, consumers, doctors and medicines manufacturers the opportunity to present their views about the next multi-billion Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA).

11 February 2015

Australian Government Continues to Work with Communities to Resolve Wind Farm Concerns

The Australian Government is committed to continuing to work with local communities and industry to resolve concerns about possible health impacts from wind farms.

11 February 2015

Leading medical researcher to head the NHMRC

Distinguished medical researcher, Professor Anne Kelso AO, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

10 February 2015

2014 Organ and Tissue Donation Outcomes

Some 1,117 Australian lives were transformed by the generosity of 378 organ donors in 2014.

05 February 2015

Changes to Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

The Minister for Health congratulated Dr Suzanne Hill, the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), who will be taking up a new role with the World Health Organization.

05 February 2015

Medicare consultations positive & ongoing

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has labelled her ongoing consultations with GPs and their representative groups about protecting Medicare for the long-term “positive”, with “many constructive ideas put on the table” to date.

02 February 2015

New maps to better identify rural, regional and remote doctor shortages

Rural, regional and remote communities will find it easier to attract GPs following the Australian Government’s announcement of new maps to better identify doctor shortages.

01 February 2015

Historic night for Australian football

Australia has a proud tradition of hosting world class international sporting events and this Asian Cup 2015 has again showcased our country’s sporting excellence.

30 January 2015

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation - Final Communique

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) has met in Auckland.

15 January 2015

Government to consult on Medicare reform

The Government is responding to concerns that have been raised about the new Medicare measure to improve patient care and tackle the problem of ‘six minute medicine’.

23 December 2014

Tackling ICE a priority of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs

The harm associated with the dangerous drug Ice will be a key focus of the newly shaped Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs.

18 December 2014

Appointment of Julia Gillard to beyondblue

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has congratulated beyondblue on the appointment of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard to its board.

17 December 2014

Community Awareness Grants motivate Australians to DonateLife

The Australian Government is providing funding of $462,064 for public awareness initiatives that encourage Australian families to discuss and know each other's organ and tissue donation wishes.

14 December 2014

‘Ice’ the First Priority for Government's Reshaped Drugs and Alcohol Council

The Australian Government has tasked its reshaped advisory council on drugs and alcohol to examine as a priority the issues facing Australia from methamphetamine use, and in particular the rising use of the drug ice.

10 December 2014

Official opening of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital expansion

The opening of new and expanded facilities at Port Macquarie Base Hospital will significantly improve access to quality hospital care by local residents and communities along the Mid-North Coast.

09 December 2014

A Strong and Sustainable Medicare

The $7 Medicare co-payment measure announced in the 2014-15 Budget will no longer proceed.

09 December 2014

Work Begins on Commonwealth Games Velodrome

Work has begun on the Queensland State Velodrome Project – one of the centrepieces for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

08 December 2014

Australia’s First Digital Hospital

Australia’s first hospital with fully integrated, digital eHealth capability has been officially opened.

07 December 2014

Funding for Safer Beaches

As Australia’s annual exodus to the beach looms the Australian Government is bolstering surf lifesavers ability to save lives.

06 December 2014

Health Star Rating: making healthier choices at a glance

Parents will more easily be able to make healthy food choices for their families through the introduction of a new star rating food labelling initiative.

05 December 2014

Grants to help rural practices take on trainees and GP registrars

The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, has urged rural and regional general practices to apply for grants to build the facilities needed to take on more trainees and GP registrars.

04 December 2014

More Support for People Living with Diabetes

A range of new resources for Australians with diabetes have been launched by Health Minister Peter Dutton.

01 December 2014

2014 – A Year of HIV Leadership For Australia

World AIDS Day 2014 marks a year of global leadership on HIV for Australia.

01 December 2014

Expert panel to consult on rural health incentives and training

The Australian Government has appointed an independent expert panel to consult on how the GPRIP can best encourage doctors to towns in rural, regional and remote areas where they are needed most.

28 November 2014

Joint Media Statement by Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, and Peter Styles, NT Minister for Infrastructure, regarding the Kaltukatjara Health Clinic

The Northern Territory Government has released a tender for works on upgrades to Kaltukatjara Health clinic in Central Australia.

28 November 2014

Phillip Hughes

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, has extended his and the Government’s deepest sympathies to the family of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes following his tragic passing.

26 November 2014

World Dementia Envoy To Visit

The Australian Government will next week welcome the World Dementia Envoy to discuss how Australia can best contribute to the international effort to find a cure for dementia by 2025.

20 November 2014

Healthy sporting clubs recognised with Good Sports awards

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has congratulated the winners of the Good Sports Awards which recognise sporting clubs that promote healthy lifestyles and reduce excessive alcohol consumption.

20 November 2014

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA

The Australian and New Zealand Governments have agreed to cease efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA).

20 November 2014

Ken Sutcliffe Wins ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

The Minister for Sport Peter Dutton has congratulated long time Channel Nine sports broadcaster Ken Sutcliffe after he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Media Awards.

20 November 2014

New $40 Million Medicine Distribution Centre Opens in Melbourne

A new $40 million medicine distribution centre in Melbourne will ensure Victorians continue to have reliable and affordable access to important medications.

20 November 2014

New Centre Puts Focus On Men's Health

The first Australian health care service focussed specifically on the health of men has been officially opened in North Melbourne.

17 November 2014

Antibiotic Awareness Week

This week (17-23 November) is Antibiotic Awareness Week – a worldwide initiative to promote greater understanding of antibiotic resistance and the responsible use of antibiotics.

17 November 2014

Investing In Australian Sporting Innovation

Federal Sports Minister Peter Dutton has announced $1.6 million in funding for 11 different projects which encourage innovation and collaboration in high performance sport.

14 November 2014

Take care of your sight this World Diabetes Day

Australians affected by diabetes are being urged to take regular eye tests to reduce the risk of serious vision loss or blindness.

13 November 2014

Ric Charlesworth Crowned AIS World’s Best

Australian sporting legend Ric Charlesworth AM has been crowned the inaugural recipient of the AIS World’s Best Award for his outstanding contribution as an Olympic and Commonwealth Games hockey player, coach and leader.

13 November 2014

Working together for better rural mental health

Improving access to mental health services and support in rural communities is a priority for the Australian Government.

07 November 2014

Logan Hospital Redevelopment to Benefit Local Community

The Logan community will have access to better and expanded hospital care and support closer to home through a $188 million redevelopment of the Logan Hospital.

07 November 2014

Tackling impact of alcohol on babies and children

The Australian Government has welcomed a new report from the AIHW which identifies strategies to address information gaps regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

05 November 2014

New Measures in the Fight Against Ebola

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia.

31 October 2014

Government Announces Changes to Attract More Doctors to the Bush

The first steps toward easing regional, rural and remote doctor shortages have been delivered with major changes to workforce classification systems.

30 October 2014

New National Plan to Tackle the Impact of Asthma

A new National Asthma Strategy will be developed to address the toll the condition has on the lives of more than two million Australians.

29 October 2014

A Strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Key to Closing the Gap

The Australian Government has made a $3.1 billion commitment to Indigenous health funding for the next four years, a crucial part of which is supporting the role of Indigenous health workers.

29 October 2014

Danny Green Goes Another Round Against Alcohol-Related Violence

The Australian Government will contribute $200,000 to the Danny Green Fighting Chance Foundation to support the successful Coward Punch campaign.

29 October 2014

Review to Strengthen Independent Medical Research Institutes

The Australian Government will conduct a review of independent Medical Research Institutes (iMRIs) to identify what is required to ensure that they can continue to make a strong contribution to health and medical research in Australia.

26 October 2014

PBS Listing for Kalydeco and Soliris

Kalydeco and Soliris – new treatments for cystic fibrosis and aHUS respectively – will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from December 1.

24 October 2014

Expert Panel to Review Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation

The Australian Government has announced an independent review of the regulation of medicines and medical devices.

22 October 2014

Establishing the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research

The NHMRC has opened an Expression-of-Interest (EOI) process for organisations interested in providing services to establish the institute.

20 October 2014

$3.6 Million for Research to Address Hearing Loss

The Assistant Minister for Health has welcomed a $3.6 million Australian Government funding boost for research into hearing loss prevention.

20 October 2014

New Mobile Clinic Receives Support from the Australian Government

The Federal Assistant Minister for Health was in Broken Hill recently and had the opportunity to inspect a new way of delivering health services to local Aboriginal people.

19 October 2014

Million Dollar Funding Boost for Hello Sunday Morning

The Australian Government has committed $1.1 million for a digital, evidence-based early intervention and treatment programme to help people change their relationship with alcohol.

17 October 2014

Commonwealth Government Delivers Funding for New Medical Research Discoveries

The Australian Government has announced $538.8 million to help Australian health and medical researchers find the cures, treatments and medical devices of the future.

17 October 2014

Ebola Health Protection Update

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, said that he was confident that State and Territory health authorities have well developed systems in place to protect the community if a case of Ebola is found in Australia.

17 October 2014

Major Hospital Upgrade Provides Significant New Services

The $200 million redevelopment of the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) – New South Wales biggest private hospital - was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

17 October 2014

New online mental health service helps young people affected by cancer

Australia’s first ever online mental health service for young people affected by cancer was officially launched on 17 October 2014.

16 October 2014

Tribute to health professionals living and working in remote Australia

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has paid tribute to the nurses and other allied health professionals who deliver health services in Australia's remote communities.

15 October 2014

Australian manufacturers of medical devices given a level playing field

New regulations will be introduced to allow Australian manufacturers to obtain market approval for most medical devices using conformity assessment certification from European notified bodies.

15 October 2014

Primary Health Networks to Drive Better Primary Health Care

A total of 30 Primary Health Networks will be established to lead improvements to the quality and delivery of primary health care throughout Australia.

13 October 2014

$2.93 Million to Support Ballarat Medical Students

The Federal Assistant Minister for Health was in Ballarat to open a new student accommodation facility designed to help universities train medical students locally, giving them a taste of living and working in regional Victoria.

10 October 2014

$10.5 Million for Armidale Clinical School

An Australia-first medical student programme offered jointly by two universities – one city-based, the other in the country – is providing a unique approach to overcoming doctor shortages in rural Australia.

10 October 2014

COAG Health Council Communique

The Australian and state and territory health ministers met in Melbourne to discuss a range of national health issues.

10 October 2014

World Mental Health Day

The Australian Government had a deep commitment to improving mental health services.

09 October 2014

Today is World Sight Day

World Sight Day is a joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

08 October 2014

headspace Helps 80,000 Young Australians

Around 80,000 young Australians will benefit each year from the headspace programme with the locations of 15 new headspace centres now finalised.

03 October 2014

Mobile Cardiac Care for Regional Queensland

A new Australian Government-supported mobile clinic that will bring quality cardiac and respiratory care within easier reach for people living in regional, rural and remote Queensland has been announced.

03 October 2014

More funding will mean better health services in small country towns

Australians living in seven rural and remote communities across New South Wales will now have better access to health care and improved services.

30 September 2014

Government Moves to Cut Drowning Deaths

The Australian Government is providing $4 million across five years to the Royal Life Saving Society Australia – part of a $15 million package to cut drowning deaths across the nation.

29 September 2014

Work to Commence on Upgrade of Pirtek Stadium

The Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton and NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres have announced the finalised scope for a $29 million upgrade to Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.

24 September 2014

New study highlights positive outcomes for donor families

Organ and tissue donation can bring comfort to donor family members in their loss of a loved one and enable something positive to come out of tragedy.

22 September 2014

DonateLife community awareness grants

Community groups and local organisations throughout Australia are invited to apply for awareness grants to promote organ and tissue donation.

22 September 2014

Research to help save PNG mothers and babies

A new Australian health research initiative will help to lower mortality rates and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in Papua New Guinea.

19 September 2014

Statement from the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee on eculizumab (Soliris®)

Statement from the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Associate Professor Suzanne Hill on eculizumab (Soliris®)

18 September 2014

Government Announces Funding Available for Soliris

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended to the Australian Government that Soliris be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

18 September 2014

Healthy bodies need healthy drinks

Indigenous communities throughout Australia are being encouraged to reach for water instead of high sugar drinks in an effort to cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease.

16 September 2014

New Treatment for Cancer Approved for PBS Listing

Pancreatic cancer drug Abraxane will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from November 1.

15 September 2014

Government Moves on Dispensing from Unapproved Pharmacies

The Australian Government is moving to support pharmacists who are being undermined by a small number of pharmacists who claim payment for dispensing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines from unapproved premises.

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

Resources relating to tobacco plain packaging and health warnings for people from non-English speaking backgrounds

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

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.

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

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