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This is a news collection page about health covering the latest in research, scientific discoveries, diets, obesity, cancer, medical procedures, medicine, hospitals and government health guidelines. Australians spent $180.7 billion on health in 2016-17, which is more than $7,400 per person. With an ageing population, health and the costs surrounding it will continue to be a major concern of the public. In 2018, the abuse of the elderly in aged care homes has been a significant news story and one that has become a major talking point in government after distressing videos and images emerged. The Government’s 2018-2019 Budget Long Term National Health Plan sits at $99.1 billion and focuses on aged care, guaranteeing Medicare, and improving Indigenous health. 

Sydney COVID-19 restrictions explainer template

New Sydney restrictions explained

Sydney and New South Wales has entered a more stringent coronavirus lockdown, with 10 new cases of community transmission reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and tough new restrictions imposed this afternoon.

Queensland now cut off from WA

Western Australia has reinstated its hard border controls with Queensland after the recent case of the mutant COVID-19 strain reported in Brisbane.