23 May 2011
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HEALTH SERVICES AMENDMENT (LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS AND BOARDS) ACT 2011 NO 4 - Assent: 16/5/2011
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing
- 20 May 2011- $2.8 Million for SA Healthier Lifestyle Projects-New healthy eating and exercise programs, including getting your hands dirty in a community garden and learning to cycle safely will be on offer in four regions in South Australia to help combat obesity.
- 19 May 2011- Australian Government Delivers More Dental Services for Adelaide-Patients in Adelaide will benefit from more dental services with the opening of the $2.1 million, 10-chair teaching dental clinic at the Adelaide Dental Hospital.
- 19 May 2011- More and Better Support for the Severely Mentally Ill-Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler have visited the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia (MIFSA).
- 18 May 2011- Local Push for Healthier Lifestyles Kicks off in WA-New healthy eating and exercise programs, including walking groups and active transport, will be on offer in four regions of Western Australia to help combat obesity.
- 18 May 2011- Extra Funding for HACC Services in Western Australia-More frail, older people and younger people with a disability in Western Australia will be able to remain in their own homes and communities as a result of increased funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) services.
- 18 May 2011- More Surgery and More Beds for WA Thanks to National Health Reform-West Australians will soon see changes take place in the state's health and hospital system as national health reform starts to deliver more beds and better care.
- 17 May 2011- More Beds, Treatment and Upgrades for Victorian Hospitals-Victorians will have better access to elective surgery, emergency treatment and subacute hospital beds with the Australian Government's funding of Victorian projects announced as part of national health reform.
- 17 May 2011- National Blood Authority: New Board Appointments-A new chair and three new members have been appointed by the Australian Government to the seven-member board of the National Blood Authority.
- 17 May 2011- Supporting Healthy and Resilient Children Through the AEDI-The Australian Government is committing an additional $29.7 million (over five years) for the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI).
- 16 May 2011- 13 New Services to Support Aboriginal Fathers-Stronger and prouder involvement in parenting will be promoted among Aboriginal men at 13 organisations in a new Australian Government initiative.
- 16 May 2011- 2011-12 Budget Provides Greater Access to Psychological Support-The Australian Government's $2.2 billion mental health package will provide more people with access to face-to-face psychological support from allied mental health professionals.
- 16 May 2011- Children to get Better Access to MRI Machines-Children under the age of 16 will get MRI scans more quickly and more cheaply as a result of changes announced in the Budget to improve access to MRIs.
- 16 May 2011- More Workers for Aboriginal Health in SA-The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has launched a report aimed at encouraging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take up careers in health.
- 16 May 2011- Supporting Regional Australia with Extra Funding for Community Mental Health Services-People living in regional and rural Australia will benefit from the Australian Government's $269.3 million boost for community mental health services, announced in the Budget.
- 15 May 2011- Government Anti-Smoking Ads Become More Targeted-The Australian Government is continuing its anti-smoking campaign that targets hard-to-reach and high-risk groups, with new advertising aimed at pregnant women and their partners and more groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- 13 May 2011- 2011-12 Budget Offers Greater Support for Mental Health Patients-The Government's $2.2 billion mental health package will provide invaluable assistance to young Australians who suffer from a mental illness.
- 13 May 2011- March 2011 Medicare Statistics-In the March quarter 2011, a total of $4.0 billion was paid in Medicare benefits for 78.7 million services. This represented 3.5 services and about $175 in benefits for every Australian.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Students can now go online to apply early for registration and smooth the path from study to work. - 16/05/2011 | Read More
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council
Update on Australian Dietary Guidelines 17 May 2011 - NHMRC is revising its 2003 Dietary Guidelines for Australians with advice from the experts on the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. NHMRC Council will consider the draft guidelines at its June 2011 meeting. More information about this project can be found in the full notice. - Read full notice
CEO Communiqué: Peer Review Update 17 May 2011 - Professor Warwick Anderson has issued a communiqué requesting the health and medical research community to assist fellow researchers by providing external assessments for applications and updating current progress with peer review and developing Grant Review Panels. - Read full notice
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration
19 May 2011 - Call for input: Review to improve transparency of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) - Added APVMA discussion on the TGA's Transparency Review
17 May 2011 - Uniform recall procedure for therapeutic goods (URPTG) - Updated recall co-coordinators' contact details
16 May 2011 - Recall of DePuy Orthopedics ASR hip replacement device - Australia was the first country in the world to take regulatory action to ensure the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacements from the market
16 May 2011 - TGA Offices - senior staffing - Senior staffing arrangements for TGA Offices, with effect from 16 May 2011
16 May 2011 - Guidance on the GMP clearance of overseas medicine manufacturers - The Australian Regulatory Guidelines GMP Clearance for Overseas Manufacturers (17th edition) will be phased in over the next 3 months
13 May 2011 - Complementary medicines: the regulatory framework - How complementary medicines are regulated in Australia
Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council
New South Wales. Department of Health
- NSW Health recognises Schizophrenia Awareness Week [17 May 2011]
- Link Between Cannabis and Mental Illness [18 May 2011]
- Mental Health Minister Discusses Needs of the Bush with Country Clinicians [17 May 2011]
- Schizophrenia awareness week [16 May 2011]
- Care mobile to improve healthcare for country kids [13 May 2011]
- More Labor incompetence [13 May 2011]
- Paramedics paid for nothing [13 May 2011]
Queensland. Department of Health
- 19 May 2011 Metro South Health Service District statement (PDF, 52KB)
- 19 May 2011 Gold Coast Health Service statement (PDF, 53KB)
- 20/05/2011 QUEENSLAND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE
- 19/05/2011 'Healthiest' Queenslanders awarded
- 19/05/2011 GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL ONLINE
- 18/05/2011 Health Minister congratulates Firebirds
- 18/05/2011 Cutting-edge forensic DNA laboratory opens for business
- 13/05/2011 Queenslanders rewarded for healthy ideas
South Australia. Department of Health
- SA wins $3.5m grant for cancer research facility - Thursday, 19 May 2011 - Health Minister John Hill has congratulated the Centre for Cancer Biology of SA Pathology and the University of Adelaide for winning a nationwide bid for a new cancer research facility in Adelaide. Read more...
- New safe drinking water act - Thursday, 19 May 2011 - State Parliament has passed the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011. - Read more...
- OPAL program measures up - Saturday, 14 May 2011 - Health Minister John Hill has outlined the rigorous evaluation process that will be used to measure the effectiveness of South Australia's innovative program, Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL). - Read more...
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services
- Department of Psychiatry Reopen for Admission- Minister for Health-19 May 2011
- New Nurse Specialists Employed- Minister for Health-19 May 2011
- Liberals Must Get Behind Anti-Smoking Measures- Minister for Health-18 May 2011
- Services for Young People All Grown Up- Minister for Health-17 May 2011
Victoria. Department of Health
Celebrating Victoria's selfless public healthcare volunteers - 16 May 2011 - Volunteers from hospitals, community health centres and primary care organisations across Victoria were honoured at the 2011 Minister for Health Volunteers Awards earlier this month.
Brain research gain as new centre opens - 13 May 2011 - Austin Health welcomed 150 neuroscientists, neurologists and support staff to its Heidelberg campus when the Melbourne Brain Centre opened one of two new buildings.
- Public Health Hepatitis C Lookback Completed (16 May 2011)
- New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians - Minister for Health David Davis today launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.
- Victoria's local focus leads the way with our hospitals - The local knowledge and commitment of the members of Victoria's hospital and health service boards ensures that our health system is among the best, the Minister for Health, David Davis said today.
- Latrobe Community Health Service opens in Bairnsdale - Latrobe Community Health Service's new Bairnsdale facility was officially opened today by the Minister for Health David Davis.
- Doors open at Bairnsdale oncology and dialysis unit - Minister for Health David Davis today officially opened the new $3.5 million oncology and dialysis unit at Bairnsdale Regional Health.
- Additional Commonwealth-State funding for Victorian health services - The Victorian community will benefit from an extra $440 million in funding for public hospitals as a result of the successful COAG outcome negotiated in Canberra earlier this year.
Western Australia. Department of Health
- 19 May 2011-Hames- State Budget 2011-12: Supporting our Community; Building the State (Health) - Major spend in WA health budget for regional areas
- 18 May 2011 - Hames - Building starts on new facility for medical research institute
- 14 May 2011-Morton- Art therapy plays major role in the wellbeing of people with mental illness
United Kingdom. Department of Health
United States of America. Department of Health & Human Services
Statement from Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Regarding National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011 - May 19, 2011, marks the 7th annual observance of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The theme this year speaks to us all: "Saving face can't make you safe. Talk about HIV - for me, for you, for everyone."
HHS Unveils New Interactive Video to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections - At any given time, one in 20 patients in the U.S. has a hospital-acquired infection. In addition, expenditures to address the consequences of these infections cost the health care system billions of dollars each year and lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives.
Australian Medical Association
AMA Indigenous scholarship winner has his heart set on tackling chronic disease 17 May 2011 - 3:30pm - A young Aboriginal man who wants to help reduce the high rates of chronic disease in Indigenous communities has won the AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship for 2011. Murray Haar was awarded the scholarship in Sydney today by AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce.
Time to eliminate infectious syphilis in remote Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Eliminating infectious syphilis from remote Indigenous communities is now a viable option, according to research in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. "Achieving this would remove another disparity in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians," said James Ward, a senior lecturer at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, and co-authors.
Winners of Indigenous health essay and art awards announced 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: A Canberra-based Indigenous researcher's moving story of her son's battle with mental illness and a Kalgoorlie-based Indigenous health worker's animated story of a "tooth fairy" who educates Indigenous children about healthy lifestyles are this year's winners of the Medical Journal of Australia's prestigious Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Competition.
Alcohol restrictions may help lower injury rates in Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Rates of serious injury requiring aeromedical retrieval by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) are at their lowest recorded level in four remote Queensland Indigenous communities, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. These low injury rates have occurred after government restrictions on access to alcohol in these communities.
Check blood glucose, urine albumin levels to monitor heart disease risk in Indigenous communities 15 May 2011 - 12:00pm - MJA release: Simple tests for high blood glucose levels and protein in the urine could help establish who is most at risk of coronary heart disease in Indigenous communities, research published in the Medical Journal of Australia suggests.
Achieving best practice in primary health care for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders 13 May 2011 - 2:30pm - AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2010-11 - The AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2010-11 was launched in Melbourne today. The Report Card – the ninth in a respected and authoritative series dating back to 2002 – examines models of best practice in primary care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and makes a number of strong recommendations to governments to greatly improve Indigenous health outcomes.
New AMA President to be elected unopposed 13 May 2011 - 1:30pm - AMA Vice President, Dr Steve Hambleton, will be elected unopposed as President later this month. AMA Secretary General, Mr Francis Sullivan, today announced the nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Chairman of AMA Council and Treasurer.
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