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4 May 2018
News

A revolutionary 3D BioPen that uses stem cells to create cartilage is one of the innovative research projects being funded by the Australian Government.

3 May 2018
News

Annual vaccination is the most effective way of reducing the impact of the flu in the community, especially in residential aged care facilities.

27 April 2018
News

Recent data released by the Australian Immunisation Register shows coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve.

17 April 2018
Media release

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.

12 April 2018
News

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
News

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

29 March 2018
Media release

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).

14 March 2018
Media release

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.

6 March 2018
News

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

23 February 2018
News

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.

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