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Medicinal cannabis one step closer for Victorian patients

Victorian patients are one step closer to accessing medicinal cannabis with the Victorian Government’s horticultural trial entering its second phase and a new Independent Medical Advisory Committee now in place. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Health Jill…

Preparing For Proton Beam Therapy Cancer Boost

Victoria has provided $50 million in funding towards establishing a National Proton Beam Therapy Centre for the treatment of cancer in Melbourne. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, made the announcement while touring the construction of University College London…

Commonwealth Government to proceed with R&D tax cut

The billion dollar cut in the R&D Tax Incentive is one of 21 savings measures the Turnbull government has included in an omnibus Bill it will put to parliament when it resumes at the end of August. The…

Melbourne ranked world’s most liveable city for sixth consecutive year by EIU

Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city for a sixth consecutive year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The EIU index scores 140 of the world’s major cities in healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure. Melbourne scored…

Breakthrough lung cancer drug discovery by Melbourne researchers

26th July, 2016 A BREAKTHROUGH discovery has opened up a potential new drug to stop lung cancer and emphysema as well as detecting the killer diseases much sooner. Researchers from Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Science have identified…

Genetics of autism and gut changes the focus of new research & industry partnership

21st July 2016 University of Melbourne researchers have teamed up with industry to explore the genetics underlying the relationship between autism and changes to the gut. University of Melbourne researchers have teamed up with industry to explore the…

AIDS 2016 Durban: HIV cure hope of Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Australia’s Sharon Lewin

21st July 2016 If YOU had been responsible for discovering why otherwise healthy people, in the prime of their lives, were dropping dead, you might be a little bit pleased with yourself. Not so for Francoise Barre-Sinoussi. “It…

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer’s disease clues long before symptoms show

21st July 2016 Scientists are close to developing a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear.La Trobe University researchers have identified abnormalities in the blood linked to the degenerative condition, which affects more than 350,000…

Melbourne And Boston Strike New Health Agreements

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited the Boston Children’s Hospital as part of his official US visit, announcing a new partnership with Victoria’s Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.As two of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, the Boston and Royal…

Medical researchers warn Australia will lose scientists if funding is not boosted

The society representing Australian medical researchers says the country is at risk of losing high-value scientists to overseas research organisations unless funding for the sector is further increased.In 2015, 13.73 per cent of grant applications to the Federal Government’s National…

Robotic arm that could give amputees the sensation of touch being tested in Melbourne

A robotic arm that could result in amputees regaining their sense of touch and increased movement is the latest breakthrough for Melbourne researchers trying to develop prosthetic limbs that work “like normal”. Key points: Scientists want to send…

April 2016 – Federal Budget: Scientists Push for More Research Funding

Dr Krystal Evans – CEO, BioMelbourne Network comments in Sydney Morning Herald article: The May budget is shaping as a crucial test of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation credentials, with leading Australian scientists urging his government to move beyond slogans and invest in long-term…

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