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A new Charter of Aged Care Rights will take effect from 1 July 2019. This will replace the 4 separate charters we have now, making aged care rights easier to understand for everyone.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety welcomes input from the Australian community on aged care issues. Share your ideas on how to improve aged care and your experiences with aged care services.
A new consumer information campaign to help educate Australians on the safe and effective use of their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines commenced on 28 March 2019.
An important part of our National Ice Action Strategy, extra local drug action teams will be working with local communities to prevent and minimise alcohol and drug-related harm.
We are continuing to fund alcohol and drug treatment and support services and trial new initiatives so that help is available to those who need it.
Annual vaccination is the most effective way of reducing the impact of the flu in the community, especially in residential aged care facilities.
Australia's National Immunisation Strategy for 2019 to 2024 has now been released. The strategy includes eight strategic priority areas for action to complement and strengthen the NIP.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – Get the Facts (the Campaign) has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Australia will host two World Cups in 2020. This is the first time the International Cricket Council Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cups will be held as separate events in the same country.
AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The report shows how parents and carers responded to the SMS about their child's health a few days after their vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia in 2016-17.
The Australian Government will subsidise a new treatment for cystic fibrosis, that would otherwise cost eligible patients hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are now recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This makes it easier for you and your healthcare provider to find information about your or your child’s HPV vaccinations.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November, Keytruda® will be listed on the PBS for first-line treatment of people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
The Australian Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal through a free national program for 14 to 19 year olds.
More than 400,000 Australians will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with a $175 million investment from the Australian Government.
The Australian Government will invest $1 million from the Medical Research Future Fund to extend a rare cancers clinical trial.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.