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National ‘Give Up For Good’ campaign launched to tackle smoking and vaping

The Australian Government has launched a new national public health campaign to encourage people to give up smoking and vaping for good.

Experts to advise on traumatic brain injury research priorities

A new expert advisory panel will inform the future of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) priorities for traumatic brain injury research.

Data on Medical Research Future Fund funding for early to mid-career researchers

A report on the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) 2023 Early to Mid-Career Researchers grant opportunity is now available.

$34 million for research to improve primary care and chronic pain treatment and to better understand long COVID

The Australian Government is investing $19.6 million for research into primary health care and nearly $14.5 million for research into the impacts of long COVID. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

New national campaign launched to help young people quit vaping

The Australian Government has launched a new public health campaign to encourage young people to stop vaping – and not take it up in the first place.

Hearing Services Program provider notice – Schedule of Service Items and Fees 2024–25

The Schedule of Service Items and Fees 2024–25 is available. There are new updates to evidence and service requirements.

Progress towards the National Lung Cancer Screening Program

Australia’s first new cancer screening program in 20 years, the National Lung Cancer Screening Program (NLCSP) is on track to start in July 2025.

Residential aged care homes can offer Monthly Care Statements from October

From October 2024, we encourage all residential aged care homes to voluntarily offer Monthly Care Statements to improve communication with residents and their representatives.

Have your say on our mission to improve cardiovascular health

We are seeking feedback on the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) $220 million Cardiovascular Health Mission.

Cervical screening self-collection

Healthcare practices and clinics offering cervical screening are encouraged to set themselves up to support patient screening choice.

A FREE life-saving test will soon be available to people aged 45 to 49

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer and around 15,500 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease every year. From 1 July 2024, 1.6 million Australians aged 45 to 49 will be able to join the Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Helping newborn babies to start breathing

One in ten newborns need help to start breathing at birth. Australian company ResusRight is developing a world-first portable resuscitation monitor. The Nemo monitor shows paramedics and birth attendants how much air to give the baby, helping to avoid injury or death.

Investing in today’s research for tomorrow’s health care

Read how the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 3rd 10-year Investment Plan will support Australian research to ensure Australians receive the highest quality health care.

Draft new Aged Care Act consultation feedback report available

Our consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act closed on 8 March 2024. Read about what we heard and what will happen next with the Act.

Expansion of the National Sign Language Program (NSLP)

From 1 July 2024, the NSLP will include sign language interpreting and captioning services for health and medical appointments.

Consultation for the Review of the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 now open

We invite interested stakeholders to participate in the review.

Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) – Thin Markets, Multiple Streams results

We have announced the results of the ACCAP Thin Markets, Multiple Streams Grant Opportunity. Find out how many applications we received and which aged care providers received grants.

Free palliative care education and training

Everyone who works in health and aged care has an important role in providing high-quality, person-centred palliative care.

National Palliative Care Week 2024

It’s National Palliative Care Week – a timely reminder that it’s never too soon to start the conversation about matters of life and death.

Aged care design ideas competition – Winners announced

We have announced the winners of the ‘Reimagining Where We Live’ design ideas competition.

$10 million for research to address areas of unmet health need using existing data infrastructure in new ways

Apply for funding under the 2024 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity from 15 July 2024. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Australia’s newborn bloodspot screening programs to include new conditions

Australia's health ministers have agreed that state and territory newborn bloodspot screening programs will screen for more conditions.

Budget 2024–25 information

Budget 2024–25 information for the Health and Aged Care portfolio is now available.

Call for nominations for the First Nations Health Governance Group

We will partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders through the new First Nations Health Governance Group to improve health outcomes. We are seeking nominations from interested Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leaders to join the group.

AHPPC statement on e-cigarettes – 10 May 2024

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the public health risks of e-cigarettes.

Helping the Northern Rivers community to heal after the 2022 floods

The Australian Government is providing $3.8 million to help over 200 people left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the floods. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Video message from health minister: nominate a Medicare Champion now!

Do you know a person, team or practice who goes above and beyond to improve the health of their community? Nominate them for a Stronger Medicare Award.

Transforming health and medical research in Australia

The Australian Government is investing $1.89 billion, and will develop a national strategy, to transform health and medical research in Australia.

Express interest in the Menu and Mealtime Review Program by 10 May

Are you a residential aged care provider? Express your interest in receiving a free menu and mealtime review. Expressions of interest close on 10 May 2024.

Consumer Health Literacy and Health Professional Education Grant Opportunity Forum presentation

Learn about the forum we hosted for stakeholders interested in the Consumer Health Literacy or Health Professional Education Grant Opportunity.

Expansion of the National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program

From Monday 29 April 2024, the NIPVIP Program will be expanded to allow pharmacies to claim a payment for the off-site administration of National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccinations in residential aged care and disability homes.

Time to get your flu vaccine

A statement by the Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control Professor Paul Kelly.

Scope of Practice Review Issues Paper 2 – call for submissions

We are now calling for submissions in response to Issues Paper 2

Growth funding grants now open to expand CHSP services

Two grant opportunities are now open for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme to address service gaps, ensuring services are available when and where they are needed most.

Webinar: Introduction to aged care cost collection

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) is hosting two webinars in April 2024. The webinars will provide information about aged care cost collection and how your contribution will help shape the future of Australian aged care services.

Addition of Q fever vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register

From 15 April 2024, vaccination providers can report Q fever vaccines and natural immunity information to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Stakeholder Forum – Health Professional Education and Consumer Health Literacy

We are hosting a Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology (QUDTP) Program Stakeholder Forum on 22 April 2024. The forum will discuss 2 grant opportunities for Health Professional Education and Consumer Health Literacy. Register your interest today.

Women’s History Month – Celebrating female sporting icons in Australia

Iconic moments in women’s sports have led the way for women and girls in sport today.

PBAC chair, MSAC chair, and deputy chairs EOI outcome

New chair and deputy chair appointments announced for health technology assessment committees. This includes appointments for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).

Explore Medical Research Future Fund funding rates and upcoming grant opportunities

Information about Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding rates and grant opportunities forecast to open from April 2024 is now available.

Medical Research Future Fund – Upcoming webinar for research administration officers

Registrations are now open to join our next Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Research Administration Officer (RAO) webinar on 27 March 2024.

Play Our Way program grant opportunity now open

Applications for the Play Our Way program grant opportunity are now open.

Aged care worker survey 2024 now open

We are inviting workers from the aged care sector to participate in a survey to tell us about your experience of working in aged care.

Webinar: CHSP Community Transport Pricing Pilot update

We are hosting a webinar on Thursday 28 March 2024 from 2-3pm (AEDT) to give an update on the CHSP Community Transport Pricing Pilot.

$12.6 million to support international clinical trials in Australia and evidence-based health care

Applications are open for the 2024 International Clinical Trial Collaborations grant opportunity. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Single Assessment System tender extended until 21 March 2024

The closing time for the Request for Tender for the Single Assessment System has been extended until 2pm AEDT Thursday 21 March 2024.

Webinar: Play Our Way program grant opportunity

A sector webinar for the Play Our Way program grant opportunity will be held on Friday 22 March 2024 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm (AEDT).

Nominate now for the Stronger Medicare Awards

Recognise outstanding health professionals, community members or teams across our primary care sector.

Experts to advise on genomic research priorities

A new expert advisory panel will inform the future of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) priorities for genomic research.

More medicines available for 60-day prescriptions

On 1 March 2024 the range of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines available for 60-day prescriptions expanded. This will give more Australians twice the medication on a single prescription.

2024 National Immunisation Program influenza vaccination – early advice for health professionals

Influenza vaccination is our best defence against influenza.

CHSP 2024–25 Funding Extension grant opportunity now open

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) 2024–25 Funding Extension Grant Opportunity (GO6821) is now open for current providers.

Mandatory reporting changes to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from 1 March 2024

Legislative changes require vaccination providers to report additional details to the AIR.

Helping young Australians learn about the harms of vaping

We’re raising awareness about the harms of vaping and helping young people go vape-free.

Webinar: How to improve the health of rural, remote and regional communities with a Medical Research Future Fund grant

We invite you to join our Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Webinar at 11:00am (AEDT) on 14 March 2024.

Prime Minister announces the Stronger Medicare Awards

Recognising Medicare Champions – people, teams and practices in primary care that go above and beyond to benefit patients.

$93 million for research into improved health for children, young people and the aged, medical devices, mental health and stem cell therapies

Applications are open for 5 new Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities.

$50 million for the world’s most advanced artificial heart

The Australian Government is investing $50 million in technology that has the potential to half deaths from heart failure globally. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

National Allied Health Virtual Research Forum 2024 – Register now

Join us for a half-day virtual event on 30 April 2024 as we discuss and explore how allied health researchers can work with policymakers.

New fact sheet for Hearing Services Program providers

We've added a new fact sheet for Hearing Services Program providers that addresses questions we've received about service delivery.

$230 million for over 100 health and medical research projects and $245 million for new grant opportunities

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting 110 groundbreaking health and medical research projects and providing up to $245 million in new grant opportunities.

New Aged Care Act consultation period extended

Public consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act as been extended to 8 March 2024. Have your say and help shape Australia’s aged care system.

Prime Minister launches pop-up display celebrating 40 years of Medicare

On 6 February, a special '40 years of Medicare' pop-up display was launched at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

$35 million to fight blindness with artificial corneas

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting next generation technology that aims to fight blindness with bioengineered corneas.

$20 million for research into childhood brain cancers

The Australian Government has announced $20 million for research into new treatments for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and other childhood brain cancers. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The Medical Costs Finder awareness campaign is now live

The website helps Australians understand typical costs when planning for private health procedures.

Supplies of the Shingrix vaccine

A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, on supplies of the Shingrix vaccine.

Celebrating 40 years of Medicare

In 2024, Australia is celebrating 40 years of Medicare, the backbone of Australia’s world-class health system.

Improving cancer outcomes by helping regional patients join clinical trials

Cancer specialist Associate Professor Craig Underhill is leading an ambitious program to improve cancer outcomes in regional Victoria by 2025. He is giving patients access to new treatments by increasing their access to clinical trials.

Business and Workforce Advisory Service is now available

Aged care providers can now access free business and workforce advice.

Recognising the Nominees of the 2024 Senior Australian of the Year Award

The annual Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of older people across each state and territory in Australia.

Unleashing the potential of our health workforce – Issues Paper 1 released today

Today we released the first issues paper as part of the Scope of Practice review.

Smart glasses could help people who are blind or vision impaired navigate by sound

Augmented reality glasses combine machine vision and AI to add digital information to what we see. Entrepreneur Robert Yearsley is adapting this technology to help people who are blind or vision impaired navigate by spatial sound.

Make STI testing your Beforeplay – campaign launched today

We have launched a new sexually transmissible infection (STI) campaign. The national advertising campaign aims to increase awareness, testing and prevention of STIs that are on the rise in young people.

From research plan to research proposal – Medical Research Future Fund webinar

Watch the recording of our Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) webinar from 23 November 2023. We discussed addressing MRFF priorities in grant applications in this webinar.

Report on the Australian Brain Cancer Mission

Read about the review of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

Launch of the National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program

From 1 January 2024, participating pharmacies can receive payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines in a pharmacy setting.

COVID-19 emergency leave extended for permanent aged care residents

We have extended emergency leave for permanent aged care residents for 12 months. This means residents who wish to temporarily relocate during COVID-19 outbreaks can continue to use emergency leave instead of social leave through to 31 December 2024.

Additional $15 million in 2023-24 for CHSP ad hoc grant opportunity

An additional $15 million in 2023-24 is now available for the CHSP ad hoc grant opportunity (GO5672) to support providers.

The Digital Health Blueprint has been published

The Digital Health Blueprint 2023–2033 outlines the Australian Government’s ten-year vision for the role digital health capabilities will continue to play in delivering a more person-centred, connected, and sustainable health system for Australians.

Express your interest in guiding the Medical Research Future Fund’s Australian Brain Cancer Mission

We are seeking expressions of interest for 2 Australian Brain Cancer Mission Expert Advisory panels (EAPs). Applications close 10 February 2024.

Hearing Services Program provider notice – Qualified practitioners

Providers must ensure that only qualified practitioners (QPs) deliver/supervise services to program clients. Providers must keep QP information in the Hearing Services Online portal (portal) up-to-date.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council appointments

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council has reappointed Andrea Coote and appointed Professor Valerie Braithwaite.

Measuring the wellbeing of First Nations youth

Australian youth are among the healthiest in the world, but First Nations youth continue to be left behind. To help close this gap, researchers are developing a wellbeing measure specifically for First Nations youth.

$55.8 million for grants to support additional postgraduate psychology places

A new grant opportunity assists higher education providers to increase postgraduate psychology places.

Nominate your organisation to manage the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Calling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned organisations to nominate to manage the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS).

Researchers and administrators – Helping you to manage your Medical Research Future Fund grant

You can now find the information you need to manage your Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant in one convenient place.

Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program Grant Opportunity

Eligible organisations can apply for the opportunity to administer the $49.363 million Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program.

Announcement of interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner

Ms Andrea Kelly has been named as the interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner. The interim Commissioner will be engaging with First Nations communities and stakeholders on the design and functions of a permanent Commissioner role, including where it is located.

Protecting older people in the festive season

Christmas, summer and the festive season is a time many of us spend with our family and friends. Make sure you know the basics and protect yourself, family and friends from COVID-19.

Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with traumatic brain injury?

Express your interest in our next Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Expert Advisory Panel (EAP).

Launch of Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy

The Australian Government has launched Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy.

Nurses are helping rural and regional women access contraception and medical abortion

Women living in rural and regional areas have more unplanned pregnancies and less access to contraception and medical abortion. Professor Danielle Mazza AM is trialling a nurse-led model of care to address this need.

$33.7 million for grants to support provisional psychologists to practice

A new grant opportunity is funding internships for provisional psychologists and supervisor training.

New Support at Home program to be rolled out in 2 stages

From 1 July 2025, the new aged care Support at Home program will replace the existing Home Care Packages Program and Short-Term Restorative Care Programme. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme will transition no earlier than 1 July 2027.

World AIDS Day 2023

World AIDS Day, held on 1 December each year, helps raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This year’s theme is ‘Inclusion. Respect. Equity.’

Public release for 2023 Health Employee Census Results

The Australian Public Service employee census report for 2023 has been released. Read more about the census and Health's results.
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