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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.

Single Assessment System tender now open

Organisations with the capability and capacity to deliver aged care assessments can now submit a Request for Tender for the Single Assessment System.

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.

Your Aged Care Update – 19 December 2023 – Issue #49

Your aged care update #49: updated Star Ratings, strengthened Quality Standards, Emergency leave extended to 31 December 2024 and more.

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).

Your Aged Care Update – 12 December 2023 – Issue #48

Your Aged Care Update #48: Fourth Quarterly Financial Snapshot of approved aged care providers released, webinar recording: publishing provider reporting and more.

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).

Your Aged Care Update – 5 December 2023 – Issue #47

Your Aged Care Update #47: COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program extension grant finalisation, free translating and interpreting services, AN-ACC price increased, Support at Home to be rolled out in 2 stages and more.

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.

Issue resolved: Star Ratings provider preview and care minutes targets

Thank you for your patience while we resolved a data transmission issue between Services Australia and the department.

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.’

Aged care single assessment system – Tender to open January 2024

As announced in the 2023-24 Budget, we are establishing a new single assessment system from 1 July 2024. This will improve access to aged care services for older people.

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.

$23.7 million for innovative trials that address areas of unmet medical need

Guidelines for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2023 Innovative Trials grant opportunity are now available.

Your Aged Care Update – 28 November 2023 – Issue #46

Your Aged Care Update #46: COVID-19 vaccination update, seeking providers to help develop and test new staffing quality indicators, aged care worker pay rise survey and more.

Medical Costs Finder – helping Australians plan for private health costs

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

$66 million for genomics research into serious diseases and common chronic conditions

The Australian Government has announced $66 million for 25 genomic research projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Your Aged Care Update – 21 November 2023 – Issue #45

Your Aged Care Update #45: Alternative clinical care arrangements for when a Registered Nurse is not on-site; Free Maggie Beer Foundation food satisfaction questionnaire; National Nursing Workforce Strategy consultation and more.

ATAGI recommendations on use of the Moderna and Pfizer monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccines

Recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the use of XBB 1.5 COVID-19 vaccines.

World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week 18-24 November 2023

During World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, remember that the incorrect use of antibiotics increases drug resistance in the bugs we are trying to kill.

Eliminating Cervical Cancer in Australia

Australia now has a national strategy to help us achieve our goal of eliminating cervical cancer by 2035 – the first country in the world to do so.

Consultation for the new National Sport Plan

Public consultation for the new National Sport Plan is open until 7 December 2023. Help shape the future direction of sport in Australia.

Your Aged Care Update – 14 November 2023 – Issue #44

Your Aged Care Update #44: Draft Aged Care data and digital strategy consultation closing soon, webinar: publishing provider reporting for stakeholders and the community and more.

Help make health and medical research more inclusive

Consultation on the draft Statement on Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation in Health and Medical Research is now open.

Survey about the 15% aged care pay rise now open

A survey is now open for organisations and workers in the aged care sector to share with us what the 15% pay rise for aged care workers has meant for them.

Virtual reality is helping brain injury survivors regain use of their arms and hands

Survivors of brain injuries caused by stroke and other serious events can lose function in their arms and hands. An Australian company is creating a virtual reality therapy system to help survivors regain the use of these limbs.

An update from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Professor Alison J McMillan PSM regarding midwifery professional indemnity insurance

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan on 10 November 2023.

$9.76 million to support the local development of lifesaving new drugs

We are investing $9.76 million in the development of lifesaving drugs and world-class treatments in Australia. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

New Australian Clinical Trials website

We have upgraded and refreshed the Australian Clinical Trials website. Learn more about the new site.

Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payments Program

We will be delivering a payment to registered nurses who work for the same aged care employer for 6 or 12 months.

Your Aged Care Update – 7 November 2023 – Issue #43

Your Aged Care Update #43: Results of the consultation on the draft aged care funding principles, the release of the draft Aged Care Data and Digital Strategy for public consultation, preparing for the bushfire season and more.

MyMedicare patient registration now open

Australians can now register with their preferred general practice in MyMedicare. Learn about the new voluntary patient registration system, how to register, and what it means for you.

A letter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan PSM regarding midwifery indemnity insurance

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan on 31 October 2023.

Our response to the capability review

Our response to the Australian Public Service Commission’s capability review of our work is now available. It outlines the actions we are taking to further improve how we manage and deliver Australia’s world-class health and aged care systems.

Annual report – Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner 2022–23

This annual report covers the commissioner’s activities from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023. It includes key highlights, priority areas and their focus for the future.

Your Aged Care Update – 31 October 2023 – Issue #42

Your Aged Care Update #42: Star Ratings provider preview temporarily paused, New COVID-19 supplement support and more.

Learn about addressing Medical Research Future Fund priorities in grant applications

We invite you to join our next Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Webinar at 2:00pm (AEDT) on 23 November 2023.

$6 million for research to tackle diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Indigenous communities

We are providing almost $6 million to boost the health and wellbeing of First Nations people. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Launch of the Australian Cancer Plan

Learn about the new Australian Cancer Plan, which aims to improve prevention, screening, treatment and management of all cancers for all people across Australia.

First Nations to Manage Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scheme (PHMSS) encourages and assists entry-level First Nations health students complete their studies, and join the health workforce. From 1 July 2024, a First Nations-led organisation will administer the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS).

Working in aged care in Australia

A new version of the Working in aged care in Australia booklet now provides aged care workers with information about what changes are happening in aged care and how these affect the workforce.

National Immunisation Program – changes to shingles vaccination from today

The shingles vaccination schedule under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) has changed.

Expressions of Interest to join the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal

We are seeking expressions of interest to fill 3 vacancies on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal (PBRT) that commence in May 2024. Consider applying if you have expertise in regulatory fields, competition research or legal practice relating to medicine and pharmacy.

$147.5 million for research into rare illnesses, multidisciplinary primary care, cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities to the value of $147.5 million are now available.

Launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Plan

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Plan aims to deliver positive outcomes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Your Aged Care Update – 24 October 2023 – Issue #41

Your Aged Care Update #41: Aged Care fees review system temporarily offline, reform survey closing soon, new digital transformation Tech Talk and more.

Aged care placements available to nursing students

Bachelor of Nursing students can now apply for high-quality clinical placements in the aged care sector through the Aged Care Nursing Clinical Placements Program.

$30.8 million for Indigenous-led health research

We have announced $30.8 million for Indigenous-led research into health issues facing First Nations people. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Update from CMO Professor Paul Kelly

An update from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, on the end of the COVID-19 emergency response.

End of COVID-19 emergency response

A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, on the end of the COVID-19 emergency response.

AHPPC statement – End of COVID-19 emergency response

On 20 October 2023, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer declared that COVID-19 is no longer a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance (CDINS) following the end of winter in Australia. The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) supports this declaration.

Can AI personalise mental health treatments for university students?

University students can feel severe psychological distress before their exams. The Vibe Up trial uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find out if digital mental health therapies can help, and which therapies work best for each student.

Your Aged Care Update – 17 October 2023 – Issue #40

Your Aged Care update #40: Updated reform roadmap; Reports due in the coming days, Clinical placements for nurses and more.

Aged care design ideas competition now open

The Reimagining Where We Live design ideas competition is now open for architects and designers to design an innovative aged care home and showcase what can be achieved with the Australian Government’s new Design Principles and Guidelines for aged care homes.

New statutory agency to investigate systemic issues in aged care

The new Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care will provide informed and independent oversight of the aged care system.

$15 million for research to better treat prostate and childhood cancer

The Australian Government has announced $15 million for the development of next-generation medicines to better treat prostate and childhood cancer. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

$30 million to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing

Apply for funding under the 2023 Childhood Mental Health Research grant opportunity. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Aged Care Alert – Star Ratings: Provider preview has commenced

From today residential aged care providers can preview their updated Star Ratings on the Government Provider Management System (GPMS).

Stronger together – Allied Health Professions Day 2023

14 October 2023 is International Allied Health Professions Day. We celebrate the commitment and contribution of allied health professionals who work tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.

ATAGI update additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccination dose

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recently updated their advice for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Consultation

We have published the outcomes of the Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Consultation.

Your Aged Care Update – 10 October 2023 – Issue #39

Your Aged Care Update #39: Age care sector survey open; New process for palliative care entry and more.

National Immunisation Program – changes to shingles vaccination from 1 November 2023

From 1 November 2023, the shingles vaccination schedule under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will change.
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