Weekly Wrap – 12 February 2021

I hope you are keeping well and found some time this week to do the things you enjoy. I wanted to thank each of you for continuing to follow health advice. Social distancing and regular hand washing are some of the best defences we have against COVID-19 to ensure we can keep our loved ones safe. Here are some of the announcements from this week:

Training begins for our Vaccination Workforce
The first Government funded training modules for the COVID-19 vaccination workforce are now available, an important step in the national vaccine roll-out. Delivered in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing, training is being provided free to all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers. The training modules cover handling and storage of vaccines, safety and monitoring. More information can be found here.

Supporting the Partners of ADF personnel
Partners of Australian Defence Force members will receive simpler and faster access to employment support and opportunities through improvements to the Partner Employment Assistance Program. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said ADF partners have access to up to $1,500 to help gain employment, and improvements are making the application process simpler and faster. More information can be found here.

Taking Delivery of Australia’s Future Strike Fighter
The Prime Minister was on hand this week to see the first F-35A aircraft being inducted into BAE Systems Australia’s maintenance depot, the next major milestone in the Joint Strike Fighter Program. The new Strike Fighters will help to protect and secure Australia’s interests while also creating jobs, with more than 50 local companies already sharing in $2.7 billion worth of contracts as part of the F-35 Program. The F-35A fleet is now 33 strong and ready to deploy on operations. More information can be found here.

Better Understanding Mental Health
The Morrison Government has launched the first phase of Australia’s National Study of Mental Health and Well being. Up to 17,000 Australians, aged 16 to 85 will take part in the study. This comprehensive survey will help us better understand how Australians manage their mental health and how they access support. Almost half of Australians experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lifetime, and the findings will play a vital role in the planning and delivery of better local services now and in the future. More information can be found here.

Providing hope for Australians suffering from Neurofibromatosis
The Morrison Government is investing $8 million to support the Children’s Tumour Foundation and research into neurofibromatosis, a devastating condition which can cause cancer, blindness, deafness and chronic pain. The funding will support ground breaking research projects to develop new treatment options and to improve healthcare outcomes. There are three types of neurofibromatosis and the most prevalent, type 1, affects up to one in every 2,500 Australians. More information can be found here.