Construction has begun of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) following the groundbreaking ceremony. The RAH will be one of the largest hospitals in the world to be planned and built scratch. 

South Australian Health Minister John Hill said, “The new hospital is an important part of our state-wide health reforms and has been designed to adapt to the changing needs of the population.

“The single rooms for patients will revolutionise care, protecting patients from cross-infection and providing them with a calm and private space in which to recover,” Mr Hill said.

The Northern Territory Government has announced funding of  $1.5 million for the establishment of Australia’s first child development research centre.

The Victorian Government has announced a $22.2 million package for the Life! Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program.  

The Federal Government has announced that Australian of the Year Simon McKeon will chair a new independent review of health and medical research in Australia and recommend a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation. 

The Federal and Queensland State Governments have announced a $5.9 million funding package to build palliative care services at Redlands Hospital.

The Victorian State Government has announced the appointment of an internationally renowned researcher and academic to chair the Victorian Children’s Council.

Deakin University health researchers have found that poor diet may be a risk factor for mental health problems during adolescence.

Monash University’s School of Rural Health in Bendigo has been awarded $2.5 million to establish a Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care ensuring greater access to better health services in rural Australia.

Monash University has announced it will be showcasing its research on knowledge translation, chronic disease management and e-health.

The Federal Government has announced the passage of legislation to establish the new National Health Performance Authority.

The NSW Government is encouraging nominations for the inaugural Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research.

Research conducted by a Curtin University engineer promises to find the solution to many of the human brain’s most complex problems, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism and stroke.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with more than 200 centres from 24 countries have identified DNA links to blood pressure which could lead to new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

Australians are paying more out of their own pockets for medicines than people in many other countries, according to a new study.

Research released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows cases of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation are expected to increase significantly over the coming decade.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute are conducting research on how to assist stroke victims repair swallowing functions, which brake down in more than 50 per cent of

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote exchange between the two countries in the areas of health and medical research.

In its third and final report on elective surgery waiting list, the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership on elective surgery waiting lists (COAG) found that state and territory governments had achieved mixed results in reforming the area.

The Federal Government has launched the new Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The New South Wales Budget has outlined $1.34 billion in spending on mental health services in 2011-12, marking an increase of $109 million from last year's State Budget.

The Federal Government has published its plan for national health reform implementation, which will deal with improving public hospitals, increasing transparency and lessening waste.

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