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More than $12 million is being provided to two research translation centres through the Medical Research Future Fund to help tackle some of Australia’s big health challenges.

Australian competitors for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 (IG2018) are in their final stages of preparation. There are just 100 days to go until the opening ceremony on 20 October 2018. Let the countdown begin!

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board will be seeking comment, through online submissions and public forums in July and August.

Vaccination is the best way for pregnant women to protect themselves and their babies from whooping cough and influenza.

From 1 July 2018, the childhood immunisation schedule will be updated based on the advice on clinical experts.

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.

A $100 million research fund set up by the Government aims to double survival rates for brain cancer over the next ten years, with the ultimate goal of one day defeating brain cancer.

The 2018–19 Budget includes a $1.3 billion Health and Medical Industry Growth plan to drive a new era of better health care while fuelling jobs and growth in new firms and industries through research.

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

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 per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is linked with human disease.

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