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.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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’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.