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News and events

We publish news, events, departmental media releases and health alerts so you are informed about the latest health updates

Health minister news

Stay updated on the ministers media releases, transcripts and speeches on the ministers website.

12 April 2018

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

11 April 2018

Vaccination against flu is the best way to protect you and your children from flu and any associated illness.

6 March 2018

The ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ campaign has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

23 February 2018

From early 2018, young Australians have free access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 that protects against more types of HPV infection.

13 February 2018

Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with five year old children having the highest coverage rates in history. 94% of Australian five year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year old are now fully vaccinated.

19 December 2017

The Australian Government launched the 'Get the facts about immunisation' campaign in August 2017 to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

30 October 2017

Media statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy regarding media claims about flu vaccines.

27 September 2017

The Australian Government is committed to immunisation and to ensuring Australia has the best possible vaccination program underpinned by sound evidence and effective vaccines.

15 April 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be able to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program from 2015.

5 October 2016

There is now a free vaccine for shingles available for people 70 years old. A free catch up is also available for 71 to 79 year olds.


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