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St Basil’s aged care home COVID court case delayed

A document oversight has caused further delays to a criminal case against an aged care home over one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks. St Basil’s Home for the Aged faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, after being charged by WorkSafe…

Seven-month old baby infected with measles as health alert issued in NSW

A seven-month-old baby who recently returned from the Middle East is the second case of measles reported in NSW in the last week. The infant was too young to be vaccinated and was not considered to be infectious on the…

Australia records disturbing uptick in Murray River encephalitis

A deadly mosquito-borne disease that kills about one in five of those who catch it is rising across Australia. State health agencies from Queensland to Western Australia have recorded a troubling uptick in Murray River encephalitis cases, a rare but…

NSW Premier Chris Minns pledges new crackdown on illegal vapes

Australia’s most populous state is swinging hard against vapes with a new $6.8m crackdown as fears grow over the damaging effects of e-cigarettes on children. NSW Premier Chris Minns said his government would allocate $4.3m over three years to keep…

Government warned to against ‘quick fixes’ in Medicare overhaul

A leading health economist has urged the government to drown out the loudest voices and avoid quick fixes as it embarks on a major reform of the Medicare system. The University of Melbourne’s Stephen Duckett warned against “poorly designed” quick…

Perrottet intervention in Ambulance cash grab

Flood victims devastated by torrents of water in NSW’s Central West were billed up to $6,668 per helicopter rescue— until the state government intervened. Flood victims have been slapped with “outrageous” bills for helicopter rescues in the state’s Central West…

Western Australia’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end after 963 days

Western Australia’s COVID-19 state of emergency will end on Friday, 963 days since it began. Premier Mark McGowan said the announcement marked a significant milestone and said the state was “exceptionally well-placed” to move into the next stage of the…

Half of Victorian children are experiencing anxiety issues, new study finds

Half of Victorian children are experiencing problems with anxiety, a new study has found. The Royal Children’s Hospital report released today found that only one in three parents could confidently tell when their kids might need professional help. Paediatrician Anthea…

$250m donation to fund a pandemic research centre in Melbourne

Melbourne – Australia Today A centre dedicated to finding treatment for future pandemics has been launched in Melbourne with the largest philanthropic donation to Australian medical research ever. Canadian philanthropist and businessman Geoff Cumming will donate $250 million to the…

‘I don’t think so’: WA Premier Mark McGowan makes big call on monkeypox vaccine

Western Australia has recorded its first case of monkeypox but Premier Mark McGowan says he is unlikely to get the vaccine when it becomes available. It was revealed on Thursday night that a man who had returned from overseas had…

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