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  1. Medical Research to improve healthcare in the Hunter
    The Australian Government will invest more than $6 million into medical research projects in the Hunter and Northern NSW region, aimed at improving healthcare options for patients.
  2. New medicine to help end the transmission of HIV
    The Australian Government is taking a critical step in helping end the transmission of HIV infection in Australia with the 1 April listing of tenofovir with emtricitabine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS).
  3. New Program Proves its Worth in Improving Dementia Care
    A new training program pioneered in Tasmania is promising earlier dementia diagnosis and better support for patients, their families and carers.
  4. Bondi Beach cattle drive to muster more organ donors
    A herd of cattle have hoofed it along Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach today to celebrate hope, mateship and the life-changing benefits made possible through organ and tissue donation.
  5. Taking action: Strengthening aged care homes quality compliance
    From today, unannounced quality and safety audits will come into force across all Australian residential aged care homes, as the Turnbull Government builds on its aged care reforms.
  6. Extra Support for Kiama’s Dementia Friendly Community
    Kiama’s development as a dementia-friendly community will receive a funding boost from the Australian Government’s Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative, to extend the district’s leading role in dementia innovation.
  7. Medical research to uncover better treatment for Indigenous Australians
    The Turnbull Government will invest more than $6 million in a health science centre in Alice Springs which is focused on addressing health challenges faced by Indigenous Australians.
  8. Dementia films and mobile app to support communities in need
    Reducing the devastating impact of dementia in Chinese, Indian and Arab communities is the aim of 15 new films in an online and app format now in production across Australia.
  9. Cutting red tape for Australian Aged Care
    The Australian Government is streamlining aged care accommodation approvals, so that providers can continue to focus on their core business of caring and supporting senior Australians.
  10. Dedicated mental health training for undergraduate nurses
    The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to Australia’s health workforce by providing $128,000 to deliver mental health course materials in undergraduate nursing degrees
  11. New, comprehensive voice for aged care skills and workforce planning
    An Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is being formed to tackle critical skills and workforce issues identified by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.
  12. RAAF Base Tindal PFAS Blood Testing to Start This Week
    Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, has announced that a Voluntary Blood Testing Program for people impacted by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine will begin on Saturday 17 March.
  13. New partnership to drive better healthcare research and development
    The Turnbull Government has set up a new advisory board to work with the United States to promote technology and innovation in healthcare.
  14. Better support for patients with low survival cancers and diseases
    The Australian Government is calling for applications from the country’s best and brightest researchers to help find new treatments for low survival cancers and diseases.
  15. Listening to Indigenous Needs: Healthy Ears Program Extended
    The Australian Government has committed $29.4 million to extend the <em>Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening Program</em>, to help ensure tens of thousands more Indigenous children and young adults grow up with good hearing and the opportunities it brings.
  16. World Kidney Day: Community Focus on Renal Health, Organ Donation
    World Kidney Day highlights that more than 1,000 Australians are waiting for kidney transplants, the Australian Government is providing $430,000 in Community Awareness Grants for local projects to encourage more people to register as organ and tissue donors.
  17. Highest bulk-billing rate on record
    New Medicare data shows a record amount of Australian patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to 85.8 per cent in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year.
  18. Federal Court Decision in Regis Aged Care Case
    The Federal Court handed down a decision on 2 March 2018, to disallow Regis Aged Care from levying an “Asset Replacement Charge” on aged care residents.
  19. Campaign to target areas with low immunisation rates
    The Australian Government will target parents across the country with a powerful message around the need to vaccinate their children, with a new campaign launching today.
  20. Home Care Record as Reforms Benefit Senior Australians
    A record number of home care packages have been assigned in the past quarter, as the Australian Government’s generational aged care reforms accelerate benefits for senior Australians.


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