Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - May, 2011
The federal government has announced a $51 million injection for infrastructure, capital projects and projects to improve clinical education in Queensland’s health sector.
Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, announced the first 20 projects with funding totalling $26,590,132 for clinical training infrastructure, including new training facilities at Universities, hospitals and health care facilities, as well as new equipment such as simulation equipment, dental chairs and video conferencing facilities.
Ms. Roxon said that fifty percent of the projects would deliver new infrastructure in rural and regional areas.
$1.2 million added to WA suicide prevention
The Western Australian Government has announced an additional $1.2 million injection for youth mental health, with the key aim of suicide prevention.
Funding for aged care places for NSW
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’.
Mobile eye health centre for regional and indigenous Australians
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.
50% more funding for medical schooling needed
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.
$8.6 million for palliative care
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.
Medical research grants for Queensland
The Queensland State Government has announced funding totalling a $1.67 million initiative for emergency medical research projects.
SA bid wins funding for new Cancer Genome Facility
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.
$4.58 for Mackay rehabilitation centre
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.
$75 million for WA young doctors
The Western Australian Government has announced a $75 million medical training program to ensure its hospitals are sufficiently staffed.
$10 million for Wimmera Base Hospital
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.
PM announces training facility in Tamworth
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the funding of a new medical training facility in Tamworth, New England.
$440 million for Victorian health
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 professionals to experience increasing demand
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.
WA health spending up by $470 million
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.
Budget leaves aged care 'in limbo'
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'.
Queensland publishes nurses' guide
The Queensland State Government has published its newest clinical guidance document for the state’s nurses.
Federal funding for mental health tops $2.2 billion
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.
Regional health gets funding injection
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).
Bowel cancer screening continues
The Federal Government has announced continued funding for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the 2011-12 Budget.
Senate inquiry hears of disarray in new national health practitioner registration system
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.