Schools to boost adolescent immunisation rates

The Queensland Government’s new immunisation strategy will target adolescent immunisation rates through the school immunisation program.  Premier Campbell Newman said the public benefits of the school-based program were enormous and provided a convenient way for adolescents to be protected against serious infectious diseases. “We vaccinate adolescents at school to protect them against diseases such as…

Vaccine pilot to protect mums and bubs

A vaccination program for pregnant women will help protect their newborn babies from deadly whooping cough as part of the Queensland Government’s new immunisation strategy. Unveiling the initiative at a Brisbane childcare centre today, Premier Campbell Newman said the program would address the first few weeks of life, during which newborns exposed to whooping cough…

Have your say on the 30-year ResourcesQ vision

Queenslanders will get to have their say on the proposed 30-year ResourcesQ vision to drive economic growth and create jobs in the resources sector. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the ResourcesQ partnering for prosperity consultation paper delivered on the Government’s election promise to grow resources as one of the four pillars…

Queensland scientists leading way in cancer battle

Queensland families living with pancreatic cancer have more chance of beating the disease, with the State’s scientists among the first in the world to identify how the disease forms. Premier Campbell Newman hailed this breakthrough as a significant scientific achievement that will give hope to many cancer sufferers both in Queensland and around the world.…

Queenslanders respond to anti-smoking campaign

The Queensland Quitline service has experienced its busiest month in seven years; driven by the success of a two-pronged State-Government advertising and legislative anti-smoking campaign. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland smokers were responding to the Government campaign, with more than 3000 calls to and from the centre in May, 2014. “They’re calling Quitline for advice…

Statewide celebrations and a time to remember

Queensland residents are invited to celebrate the unique and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during this year’s NAIDOC Week commencing today. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said NAIDOC Week celebrations and activities across the state, offered a range of activities for Queenslanders. Mr Elmes…

Government delivering on strong plan for Queensland

Creating jobs by growing the economy, improving education outcomes and delivering better roads and infrastructure are among the key priorities of the Newman Government’s latest Six Month Action Plan. Premier Campbell Newman said the July – December 2014 Six Month Action Plan being released today outlined a diverse range of initiatives to deliver on the…

Workcover changes good news for growing local jobs

Local business owners may be interested to know that from 1 July 2014 the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme will have the cheapest average premium rate in the country for businesses and the strongest safety net for workers. As part of our commitment to re-building the Queensland economy and helping local businesses to grow more jobs,…

Queensland Hospitals get the tick of improved patient satisfaction

A State-wide survey has revealed across-the board improvements in patient satisfaction with Queensland public hospitals and health care services. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the survey found three-in-four Queenslanders were satisfied with their most recent hospital contact – a five-point increase since November, 2013. “And one in three patients say they are ‘very satisfied’,” Mr…

Govt eyes ophthalmology waiting lists

Patients with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions such as cataracts will be major beneficiaries of a new ophthalmology blitz, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Premier Campbell Newman said the program would clear the long wait list of patients by 30 June, 2015, improving the quality of life for…