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13 February 2018
News

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.

12 January 2018
News

The best medical advice and research shows that codeine is no better for pain than other over the counter medicines, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said today.

12 January 2018
Media release

The best medical advice and research shows that codeine is no better for pain than other over the counter medicines, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said today.

19 December 2017
News

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 November 2017
Media release

Australia’s medicine and medical devices regulator, the TGA, has decided to remove a number of mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

30 November 2017
News

Australia's medicine and medical devices regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has decided to remove a number of mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

1 November 2017
Media release

An Expert Health Panel has been established to advise the Australian Government on the potential health impacts associated with Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) exposure and to identify priority areas for further research.

30 October 2017
Media release

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

30 October 2017
News

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

27 September 2017
News

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

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