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The Australian Government is providing $187 million to increase patient rebates for 176 General Practitioners (GP) service items on the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS). These services include health assessments, chronic disease management plans, and mental health services provided by GPs.
The Australian Government will provide affordable access to four new medicines through the PBS, helping patients living with debilitating and often life threatening conditions.
The Australian Government has signed agreements with all 8 state and territory governments, Primary Health Networks and community organisations worth $229.2 million to deliver the first round of projects under the landmark $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program (CHHP)
The Australian Government is investing $400,000 in 4 innovative research grants to find new ways to protect people at risk of suicide and interventions to prevent suicide.
Professor Ian Frazer AC led the Australian delegation to the 2019 Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention. The delegation highlighted Australia’s strength in health and medical research.
Annual influenza vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza and its complications. Annual vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the risk of influenza and its complications.
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ (the Campaign) launched in January to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
From 1 April 2019, new rules are being introduced to help make private health insurance simpler, more affordable. This will make it easier for you to choose the cover that best suits you and your family.
A new report shows the power of local campaigns in reducing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Australian Government has issued a statement of support for the Australian Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness.
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.
From 1 July 2019, you will be able to compare clear pricing information for home care services using the My Aged Care provider finder. This will help you to work out which provider best meets your needs.
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.