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The Australian Government will subsidise a new treatment for cystic fibrosis, that would otherwise cost eligible patients hundreds of thousands of dollars.

More than 400,000 Australians will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with a $175 million investment from the Australian Government.

On 18 September 2018, a needle was found in a banana at an aged care service in NSW. The aged care facility immediately contacted police and advised the Department of Health.

The Australian Government will invest $1 million from the Medical Research Future Fund to extend a rare cancers clinical trial.

Six new clinical trials will be funded under the Medical Research Future Fund to support patients facing some of the most deadly cancers and diseases.

Release of two new resources to address common questions about vaccination

The Australian Government has released Sport 2030, a comprehensive plan to reshape Australian sport and build a healthier, more physically active nation.

26,000 Australians per year will benefit from Medicare funding of new prostate MRI scans from July 1 2018.

The Australian Government will invest $3 million under the Medical Research Future Fund to advance stem cell research projects for kids.

The Australian Government will invest $4.7million in Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis

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