The Federal Government has announced $305,000 in recurrent funding for aged places in Gulgon, central NSW, that will aim to ‘meet the needs of the local ageing population by providing high level residential care’.

The proposed Multi-Purpose Service will form part of the HealthOne facility being constructed on the old Gulgong Hospital site.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said a Multi-Purpose Service was the best service model to meet Gulgong’s health care needs.

“A Multi-Purpose Service will allow health and aged care services to be delivered locally, to be accessible, responsive and cost efficient. The proposed MPS would provide a single point of contact for the community to access all health services,” Minister Roxon said.

Western New South Wales has been selected as the testing ground for a new mobile eye health clinic designed to care for rural and indigenous Australians.

Tertiary medical training centres are becoming increasingly dependent on foreign students to fund the teaching of local students, according to the University of Melbourne's Dean of Medicine, Professor James Angus.

Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced an $8.6 million injection for palliative care support for patients and their families and carers.

The Queensland State Government has announced funding totalling a $1.67 million initiative for emergency medical research projects.

A new $5.1 million South Australian Cancer Genome Facility is to be established at SA Pathology with a $3.5 million grant from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF), and a further grant of $1.05 million from the South Australian Government.

The Queensland Government has announced $4.58 million injection for rehabilitation services in the Mackay Base Hospital for patients recovering from major surgery and illness.

The Western Australian Government has announced a $75 million medical training program to ensure its hospitals are sufficiently staffed.

The Federal Government has announced funding of up to $10 million for Wimmera Base Hospital which will contribute towards a new 20 bed sub-acute unit in Horsham.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the funding of a new medical training facility in Tamworth, New England.

The Victorian Health Minister David Davis has outlined the investment of new funding of $440 million  for Victoria’s public hospitals announced as a result of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) negotiations in February this year, but has claimed that the Commonwealth has failed to give Victoria its fair share of health funding. 

Health workers, electricians and other skilled workers will enjoy the largest amount of demand over the next five years according to a new report published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The Western Australian Government has announced an 8.2% increase of $470 million in its health expenditure in the state’s Budget, bringing total  state funding for health to $6.2 billion.

Aged Community Services Australia has questioned the Federal Budget’s funding for aged care, saying this year’s Federal Budget has left aged care 'in limbo'.

The Queensland State Government has published its newest clinical guidance document for the state’s nurses.

The Federal Government’s 2011-12 Budget has brought the total national funding for mental health care and research to over $2.2 billion over five years after the announcement of $1.5 billion in new funding initiatives via the National Mental Health Reform package.

The Federal Government has announced $1.8 billion in funding over five years for the nation’s regional health infrastructure, with $1.33 billion to be invested through  63 Health and Hospitals Fund grants (HHF).

The Federal Government has announced continued funding for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Federal Government’s Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (AHPRA) has come under criticism from across the health care industry for problems and inefficiencies in administering the registration of health practitioners.

Three Western Australian nurses and midwives have each been awarded a $20,000 fellowship to fund research projects that will be aimed at improving patient care in Western Australia.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has welcomed the ‘much-needed’ attention to mental health in the 2011-12 Federal Budget, but has called for a comprehensive oral health program to address the nation's declining dental health standards.

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