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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.

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

The South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre will receive funding under the Medical Research Future Fund to deliver new ground breaking medical research projects.

More than 3000 women will benefit from a new breast cancer medicine that has been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Funding under the Medical Research Future Fund will support Australia’s world class researchers to fast-track health and medical breakthroughs.

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