Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - November, 2012
The Federal Government has introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill into Parliament, which will seek to establish the nation’s first disability insurance scheme.
Government releases mental health carers report
The Federal Government has welcomed the release of a report on carers of people with a mental illness, providing insight into what it calls ‘some of the most dedicated yet vulnerable members of our community’.
More to be done to improve mental health finds report
Governments should act courageously to counter mental health problems and ensure a continued focus on mental health support, according to the inaugural annual mental health report released by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC).
ABS releases health visits report
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new figures that just under half (49 per cent) of all Australians aged 15 and over have visited the dentist in the last 12 months.
Government releases draft NDIS legislation
The Federal Government has released the draft National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill, ahead of its introduction into Parliament later this week.
Life quality and expectancy up for older Australians
Older Australians are living longer and, on average, enjoying increasingly higher quality of life, with severe or profound disabilities on the decrease, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
New children's hospital for Victoria
The Victorian Government has announced it will commit full funding for the construction of the new Monash Children’s Hospital.
Victoria announces mental health grants
The Victorian Government has delivered $144,000 worth of grants for 48 mental health nurses to undertake further study and training.
WA greenlights Wiluna clinic
The Western Australian Government has announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Government on the construction of the new $9.5 million Wiluna Health Clinic.
ABS starts largest Indigenous health survey
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey which will improve our knowledge of the health issues affecting this group of Australians.
AIHW releases new health iPhone app
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has kaunched a new iPhone app that is designed to give users better access to health information.
Boys twice as likely to injure themselves finds report
Between the period of 1999 and 2007, nearly twice the number of boys were hospitalised as a result of an injury than girls, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Government releases rural suicide report
The Federal Government has launched a new report that has found that rural and regional communities face unique challenges in preventing and recovering from suicides.
Nursing and Midwifery Award nominations now open
Nominations for the 2013 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards are now open, with State Minister for Health and Ageing John Hill calling for health workers, patients and their relatives to enter nominations.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute unveils new facility
The country’s oldest medical research institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, has unveiled its new $185 million research facility.
Expert casts doubts over testing effectiveness
A leading drug testing expert has cast doubts over the effectiveness and reasoning behind drug testing in the workplace, saying that there is little evidence to suggest it changes behaviour of employees and may in fact drive them to use synthetic drugs or ‘harder’ substances that leave the system earlier than others.
AIHW tracks treatment services use
Nearly half of the government-funded drug treatment episodes in 2011 were for alcohol use, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Applications open for aged care connect funding
The Federal Government has opened applications for over $17 million in project funding aimed to better connect Australia’s aged care system with the health and hospital system.
Government announces TGA reform council
The Federal Government has announced the appointment of a group of eminent health care professionals who will be responsible for guiding the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) reform process.
Nerve pain drug to be listed on PBS
The Federal Government has announced a medicine used to treat chronic nerve pain will be made available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
New CEO for THO-North West
The Tasmanian Government has announced the appointment of Gain Austin as the new CEO of the Tasmanian Health Organisation (THO-NW).