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More mental health support on the table for drought stricken communities


The Australian Government is boosting mental health support in nine drought-affected communities.

More opportunities to get more Australians more active more often


To help get more Australians more active, more often, Federal Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie has announced an opening round of 50 successful applicants as part of the $28.9 million Move It AUS Participation Grant Program.

Liberal and Nationals Government Leads Way for Rural Healthcare with $62m Rural Generalist Pathway Program


Rural communities will have easier access to doctors and shorter waiting times after the Australian Government announced a $62.2 million 2019-20 Budget investment over four years to fast track the National Rural Generalist Pathway program.

Benefits of Recreational Shooting Survey Now Open


Recreational shooters, world champions, farmers, Olympic athletes, small businesses and those with an interest in firearms are invited to take part in the first ever nation-wide survey to measure the economic and social benefits of the sport.

New Requirements for Overseas Trained Doctors to Work in Australia


Overseas trained doctors seeking visas to work as General Practitioners (GPs) will be required to obtain a Health Workforce Certificate from a Rural Workforce Agency from 11 March 2019.

72 New Local Drug Action Teams to Tackle Drug and Alcohol Problems


An additional 72 Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) will be rolled out across the nation to tackle the harm caused by drugs and alcohol misuse on individuals and families.

Raising Awareness of Obesity


I again apologise for any offence taken by the unfortunate photo taken out of context at the Obesity Summit on Friday, and I am happy if my ridicule leads to action on the complex issue of obesity in this country.

Time for Fresh Thinking to Tackle Obesity


Today’s National Obesity Summit in Canberra represents an important first step towards a new nationally cohesive strategy on obesity prevention and control.

Strengthening Integrity in Australian Sport


The Liberal Nationals Government has introduced two bills into the Parliament today that will strengthen Australia’s sports integrity and implement the reforms announced by the Minister for Sport on Tuesday.

Protecting the Integrity of Australian Sport


In responding to the Wood Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements, the Australian Government has unveiled landmark reforms that will ensure Australia is a world leader in clean, safe and fair sport.

$61 Million Boost for Drug Treatment


As the problem of ice use continues to be a problem for communities across Australia, the Liberal-Nationals government is investing $61 million to ensure those who need help have access to treatment.

$1.8 Million to Get More Older Australians on the Path to an Active Lifestyle with Parkrun Australia


parkrun Australia will receive a Better Ageing grant of more than $1.8 million from the Australian Government to encourage more older Australians to live active lives.

Launch of Sports Diplomacy 2030


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne, and the Minister for Sport, Bridget McKenzie, have launched Australia’s new Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy.

Macolin Convention Signing a Major Step to Combat Corruption in Sport


In a further demonstration of the Liberal Nationals Government’s absolute commitment to clean, safe and fair sport, the Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has today signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions – the Macolin Convention.

$1.8 Million for Loddon Mallee Councils to Get Older Residents More Active


Ten local councils in the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria will share in a grant of more than $1.8 million from the Australian Government to encourage older Australians in their communities to live more active lives.

$6.6 million to support new medical degree in Shepparton


The Australian Government will provide $6.6 million to the University of Melbourne to support a new rural medical school program in Shepparton as part of the Murray-Darling Medical Schools Network.

$530,000 for Surf Life Saving Australia to Get Older Australians into the Swim of Things


The Australian Government has provided Surf Life Saving Australia with a grant of $530,000 to support its Silver Salties fitness program, designed for all Australians over the age of 65.

$22.9 Million Investment to Get Older Australians More Active


Twenty-seven organisations will share in an investment of almost $23 million by the Liberal & Nationals Government aimed at getting millions of older Australians moving more often.

First Review of Australian Nursing Since 2002


The first independent review of Australian nursing preparation since 2002 - Educating the Nurse of the Future - will commence this year.

RFDS funding supports mental health services


People in rural and remote Australia needing mental health support will have much better access to services through Australian Government funding to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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