Title: Availability of flu vaccine
It is positive that people have heard the message and are taking action to get vaccinated against influenza. Record numbers of seasonal influenza vaccines have been brought into the country this year.
Title: Expert Health Panel's Independent PFAS Advice
An independent expert health panel established by the Australian Government has concluded there is mostly limited, or in some cases no evidence, that human exposure to PFAS is linked with human disease.
Title: Multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea
Two cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea have been recently detected in Australia. One case was diagnosed in Western Australia and a second case diagnosed in Queensland.
Title: Information Commissioner’s Report
The Department of Health welcomes the Information Commissioner’s final report following his investigation into the department’s release of a sample of data from the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Title: RAAF Base Tindal PFAS Blood Testing to Start This Week
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, has announced that a Voluntary Blood Testing Program for people impacted by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine will begin on Saturday 17 March.
Title: Low dose codeine ineffective for most pain relief
The best medical advice and research shows that codeine is no better for pain than other over the counter medicines, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said today.
Title: Expert Health Panel for Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
An Expert Health Panel has been established to advise the Australian Government on the potential health impacts associated with Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) exposure and to identify priority areas for further research.
Title: Media Statement - Flu Vaccines
Media statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy regarding media claims about flu vaccines.
Title: Have Your Say on Health Star Rating System
The public and stakeholders now have an additional two weeks to provide input on the national Health Star Rating (HSR) system, as public consultation is extended until 17 August.
Title: TGA is Consulting on Changes to Surgical Mesh Devices Regulation
Following a decision by the European Commission to implement a number of medical device reforms, including to up-classify all surgical mesh medical devices to Class III and to provide patient implant cards and consumer product information for all implantable medical devices, the TGA is looking at undertaking the same measures.
Title: Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology Joint Communique
All Australian Governments have agreed to initiate the third review of the National Scheme for the Regulation of Gene Technology (the Review). The Review will be led by a working group comprised of senior officials from Commonwealth and state and territory governments, supported by a panel of independent experts.
Title: Consumer Level Recall of insulin cartridge
Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S, in consultation with the TGA, has initiated a consumer level recall of some batches of their NovoPen Echo insulin cartridge holder after detecting there is a possibility they may crack or break if exposed to chemicals in certain cleaning agents.
Title: TGA to improve the handling of advertising complaints
Australia’s therapeutic goods regulator is implementing new arrangements to simplify and improve the handling of complaints about the advertising of medicines and medical devices to the public.
Title: Infectious diseases – a global challenge
Rapid sharing of information and a shared response culture to national health emergencies is as important as the medical response.
Title: A Better MBS for all Australians
The clinician-led Taskforce that is reviewing more than 5,700 items covered by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to see if they are up-to-date, has released its third round of recommendations for public consultation.
Title: Communique: Darwin Roundtable – Suicide Prevention
A high-level Roundtable discussion, held on May 3 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in Darwin, Northern Territory, chaired by Federal Minister for Indigenous Health and Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, emphasised the need for local, Indigenous controlled responses to the escalating rates of suicide in the community.
Title: Kimberley Roundtable – Suicide Prevention
A high-level Roundtable discussion on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in the Western Australian Kimberley region, emphasised the need for local, Indigenous controlled responses to the escalating rates of suicide in the community.
Title: Data update
Researchers relying on information in a sample of data extracted from Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits and Medicare Benefits schemes that was withdrawn recently from the data.gov.au website are advised that work is continuing to restore the dataset as soon as possible.
Title: Review should allay fears on PFAS contamination standards
Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Hobbs, today welcomed the findings of an independent evaluation of standards for water contamination by per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).
Title: Retirement of Chief Medical Officer
The Secretary of the federal Department of Health, Martin Bowles, has announced that Professor Chris Baggoley will retire as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on July 15.
Title: National Cancer Screening Register
Following a competitive tender process that commenced on 10 August last year, the Federal Department of Health has appointed Telstra Health to develop and operate the new National Cancer Screening Register.
Title: Pregnancy folate reminder
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, has written to networks representing GPs and obstetricians alerting them to a global shortage of folic acid for food fortification that may affect Australia.
Title: Ebola Health Protection Update
Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, said that he was confident that State and Territory health authorities have well developed systems in place to protect the community if a case of Ebola is found in Australia.
Title: COAG Health Council Communique
The Australian and state and territory health ministers met in Melbourne to discuss a range of national health issues.
Title: Australia Acts on Rising New HIV Infections
While Australia has made great progress in addressing HIV over the last three decades there are still an estimated 26 800 people living with HIV infection.
Title: Malaria experts call for redoubled efforts on drug resistance
Some of the world's foremost malaria experts have warned that failure to act on the growing resistance to the first line drug for malaria, artemisinin, will set back efforts to reduce and eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region.
Title: Public Servants to mark their contribution to Canberra
Whether it is with a fun run, an online picture gallery, an art exhibition or just a mass get together in a park, the Australian Public Service is planning an event to mark its considerable contribution to the shaping of Canberra during this year's Centenary of Canberra celebrations.
Title: Prominent Scientist and Regulator appointed new Head of TGA
Dr John Skerritt has been appointed the new national manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products.
Title: Australia's New Chief Medical Officer Announced
Professor Chris Baggoley has been appointed Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, beginning immediately. Professor Baggoley is a respected clinician and public health specialist with a national and international reputation in the field of emergency medicine.
Title: Seasonal flu vaccination for young children can be resumed - Updated advice from the Chief Medical Officer
Continued close monitoring of side effects with this year's seasonal flu vaccine in children under five years of age has shown that the higher than usual occurrence of fever and febrile convulsions appears to be confined to the vaccine Fluvax, manufactured by CSL so parents can now seek advice from their doctor to use other brands on the market if they want their young children vaccinated.
Title: Seasonal Flu Vaccine and young children
Due to a spike in the numbers of young children in Western Australia experiencing fever and convulsions following seasonal flu vaccinations, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, is advising all GPs and immunisation providers to stop giving seasonal flu vaccine to children five years and under until a cause is established.
Title: Self-Test Bowel Cancer Kits – Important Notice for Users
The Department of Health and Ageing will start contacting participants in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program from this week to invite people to re-take the test, after quality issues were identified during an investigation of the test kits.
Title: Preventative Health Taskforce - Media Release
The National Preventative Health Taskforce will release a discussion paper this September on the Australian Government’s blueprint for refocussing the health system on prevention.
Title: New Commonwealth Chief Nurse Appointed
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has appointed Ms Rosemary Bryant as the first Commonwealth Chief Nurse in preconisation of the major role played by the nursing profession in the delivery of effective health care in Australia.