Zika Virus

Zika is a mosquito borne virus that is closely related to dengue and also yellow fever. Zika can be found in animals in many parts of Asia and Africa without any outbreaks in humans. Between 2013 and 2015 there were large outbreaks of Zika in a number of Pacific...

New measures to encourage childhood vaccinations

As a new school year gets underway, Minister for Health Sussan Ley is reminding parents on new measures to encourage families to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date. From this year, to continue receiving family assistance payments from the Commonwealth...

Discount PBS Prescriptions Start Today Jan 1

Today marks the start of landmark competition reforms in the medicines sector, whereby pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for the first time. More information: The Department...

New summer campaign targets skin cancer

New summer campaign targets skin cancer – New Cancer Council research shows Victorians prefer tanning much less than a decade ago but that sunburn rates are still too high. Results from the Cancer Council’s latest National Sun Protection Survey (2013-14)i show...

Measles associated with attendance at Etihad Stadium

Measles associated with attendance at Etihad Stadium – The Department of Health has been notified of further confirmed cases of measles in individuals not vaccinated for measles who became ill after attendance at an RMIT graduation ceremony at Melbourne’s Etihad...