• $630 million invested to support 900 innovative research projects


  • Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Cth)
  • New donor conception legislation tabled in Victorian Parliament

Russell Kennedy in the News

Michael Gorton AM has been appointed to Ambulance Victoria Board

Retirement Villages to make strategic decision about dementia

A report examining the capacity of retirement villages to support residents living with dementia (compiled by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, the IRT Foundation and the Retirement Living Council) has revealed significant inconsistency in the availability of dementia support services for residents and training provided to staff.

Researchers emphasised that retirement villages must make a strategic decision about supporting residents living with dementia and that they must make this clear to prospective residents.  In order to assist them, the Dementia Guide for the Australian Retirement Village Industry was launched this week at the National Retirement Living Summit by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

The Commonwealth Government has also announced its commitment to improving dementia support services.  This follows an independent assessment which discovered a lack of uniformity nationwide of workforce education and training.  The Commonwealth will begin its consultation with the aged care sector to address this issue at the annual Ministerial Dementia Forum.


$630 million invested to support 900 innovative research projects

The Commonwealth Government has announced that it will invest $630 million to support researchers develop the next prevention or cure of disease.

836 research projects and approximately 2200 researchers will share in the funding targeting new approaches to the prevention and treatments of ice addiction, post-traumatic symptom disorder, cancer and establishing a link between shift work and pregnancy outcomes.

National Health and Medical Research Council (“NHMRC”) CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, said this equates to the second largest grant in NHMRC history, totalling $25 million over 5 years.

To view the NHMRC media release, click here.

To view our previous report on the Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund legislation, click here.


Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Cth)

The Commonwealth Government has passed an Act to establish a register of information about vaccinations in order to support vaccination programs for young people and vaccination matters more broadly.  The objectives of the register include keeping an electronic database of records relating to vaccinations, collecting and publishing statistics about vaccination coverage across Australia and providing valuable information to people in relation to vaccinations.

Sensitive information recorded on the register will be protected.  

The Act received Royal Assent on 12 November 2015 and will commence from 1 January 2016.

To view the Act, click here.

New donor conception legislation tabled in Victorian Parliament

The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 (Vic) (“Bill”) received its second reading in Parliament this week. The Bill amends the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic). The key features of the Bill include:

  • All Victorian donor-conceived people will have a right to obtain identifying information about their donor. Previously, those born before 1998 had to obtain donor consent in order to obtain such information.
  • Donors will provide contact preferences specifying the method in which they wish to be contacted by the donor-conceived person, including being able to select “no contact”.
  • Responsibility for the central and voluntary registers will be moved to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority.

The bill may be subject to further change and must receive royal assent before coming into operation on a date to be proclaimed, or on 1 March 2017 as a default commencement date.

To view the Bill, click here.