South Australia secures national award in Indigenous Health Ethics


A project from South Australia has recently been recognised for forging ties between indigenous and medical research communities for better health outcomes in aboriginal Australians. A National Award in Indigenous Health Ethics was presented to the joint project between the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The winning project is entitled “Next Steps for Aboriginal Health Research: How research ... read more

GP care efficient and effective: report


The latest report from the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) shows that general practice is the most efficient and cost effective part of the health system, but requires greater support to continue providing high quality primary health care to the Australian community, claims the Australian Medical Association (AMA). AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said that the NHPA Healthy Communities: Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012-13 report provides important data to ... read more

$75 million for new medicine subsidies

The Australian Government has announced a further $75 million commitment to list three new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The Abbott Government today announced a further $75 million commitment to list three new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the announcement of Lemtrada on the PBS would benefit more than 1,000 patients per year with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis accounts for 80 per ... read more

Mental Health funding confirmed

Mental Health

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced. Ley said the 12 month extension – worth almost $300 million – would allow frontline services to continue to be delivered while work progressed on the current Mental Health Review. Ley thanked the sector for their patience and said negotiations would commence immediately, with priority placed on frontline services. “The Abbott Government is ... read more

Tune to Chair Abbott Government’s Aged Care Sector Committee

Aged Care

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, has announced the appointment of Mr David Tune AO PSM as Chair of the Government’s Aged Care Sector Committee. “I’m delighted that David Tune will replace Peter Shergold as the independent Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee,” Minister Fifield said. “Tune will lead the Committee in its important work providing advice to the Australian Government on the future of aged care.” A former Secretary of ... read more

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