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Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis


Dr Andrew Southcott will chair the new Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

Applications open today for local community drug action teams to tackle ice


A program to help local communities tackle the impact of ice through 220 community-based local action teams across Australia over the next four years has been announced,as part of the National Ice Action Strategy.

2016-2017 MYEFO Drives Health Reform


The 2016–17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook further advances the Australian Government’s health reform agenda.



The Turnbull Government will invest close to $130 million to give Australians with severe uncontrolled asthma subsidised access to breakthrough medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Continued dental funding for States from 1 January 2017


The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced Federal funding arrangements for dental services from 1 January 2017

The passing of Anne Deveson


It is with great sadness that the Australian Government mourns the passing earlier this week of Anne Deveson – acclaimed Australian journalist, broadcaster, filmmaker, social commentator, activist, author and leading mental health advocate.

$500 million fund will help build Australia’s biomedical industry of the future


The Australian Government has launched the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund, established under the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research funding passes $110m


The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, and Cancer Australia announced a further $10.39 million in funding for cancer research through Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS).

Hundreds to benefit from Women Leaders in Sport grants in 2017


The Australian Government will provide more than $500,000 in grants in 2017 to continue the development of female leaders in sport.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

National mental health charity achieves 30-year milestone


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

Official departmental figures show record GP bulk-billing rates


Official departmental figures show that 85.4 per cent of GP services were bulk billed with no out of pocket expenses for patients in June-September 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.

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.

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