Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) has announced the first ever successful implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes.

A team of researchers at BVA successfully implanted the bionic eye in patient Dianne Ashworth, who has profound vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition. 

After years of hard work and planning, Ms Ashworth’s implant was switched on last month at the Bionics Institute, while researchers held their breaths in the next room, observing via video link.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but all of a sudden, I could see a little flash…it was amazing. Every time there was stimulation there was a different shape that appeared in front of my eye,” Ms Ashworth said.

The Federal Government has announced that the new $7.5 million John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research is now open for applications.

Mental health advocacy group Black Dog Institute has announced the formation of a new methodology to measure national mental health.

The Federal Government has outlined a $4 billion initiative aimed at boosting subsidized dental care, reducing waiting times and providing services to over one million low income adults and Australians in rural and remote areas.

New research led by a team from Monash University has revealed that a simple antibody could reverse the damage caused by trauma to the central nervous system.

The Federal Government has announced that Sydney will host a new centre of excellence to research and treat prostate cancer.

Australians are significantly less likely to claim GP visits for psychological illnesses on workers’ compensation than they are for physical work-related injuries, according to research conducted by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report that finds that traditional analysis of causes of death in Australia can lead to constant underestimation of the contribution of some chronic diseases.

National workplace safety agency Comcare has released its sedentary work practices toolkit, a collection of information, guidance materials and templates that can help workplaces develop and apply a strategy to reduce prolonged sitting in the workplace.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply of visas under the Federal Government’s new SkillSelect service.

The Federal Government has launched its new $5 million South Australian telehealth initiative aimed at improving the way mental healthcare is delivered throughout the state.

The Federal Government has renewed funding for the ongoing access to The Cochrane Library, an online resource that features over 5,000 published systematic reviews of evidence for health care interventions.

The New South Wales Government has launched an ambitious two-year national research project aimed at identifying the gene mutations that lead to melanoma.

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed a report by a Senate Inquiry into rural health, saying it has provided a ‘ringing endorsement’  of policies put forward by the Association.

A paper released by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) has shown ‘alarmingly low’ rates of health literacy in ethnically diverse communities in Victoria.

Funding to secure continual commercialisation of research is the key to fostering continued growth in the country’s biotechnology industry, according to an expert advisory panel.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced it has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey in its history, aimed at improving knowledge of the health issues affecting this group of Australians.

The Federal Government has announced the launch of the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, the body charged with ensuring a more effective and cohesive network of Medicare Locals.

A team of researchers from Queensland’s James Cook University is undertaking research to determine if venom from funnel web spiders and tarantulas can be used to kill breast cancer cells.

The Federal Government has released the Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 paper, showcasing the work of some of the finest medical researchers in the country.

The Queensland Government has announced it will allow international students with Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to access treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

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