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More Prescription Pills To Be Monitored To Save Victorian Lives

The Andrews Labor Government today announced high-risk prescription medicines to be monitored under a new real-time prescription monitoring system currently being developed. The system will monitor strong painkillers, all benzodiazepines and ‘Z class’ medicines in a bid to reduce the number of Victorians dying from prescription medicine overdoses. Many prescription medicine overdoses result from people ‘prescription shopping’ from multiple doctors and pharmacies. Our centralised system will help save lives by identifying misuse and providing support earlier. Last year, 372 Victorians died from an overdose of prescription medicines. More people in Victoria have lost their lives from the misuse of prescription medicines than the road toll for five years in a row. Based on the latest international and local research, and recommendations from our expert advisory group, the system will monitor prescription medicines that are causing the greatest harm to the Victorian community. These include Schedule 8 medicines, which cover strong painkillers such as morphine and oxycodone. Other high-risk medicines to be monitored include all benzodiazepines used for treating conditions such as anxiety and insomnia, ‘Z class’ medicines also used for insomnia, as well as quetiapine, an anti-psychotic medicine. Benzodiazepines contribute to the most number of prescription drug-related deaths in Victoria. Codeine will also be monitored, but will be included at a later stage to allow clinicians time to adjust to the proposed rescheduling of over the counter codeine products to prescription only by the Therapeutic Goods Administration from February 2018. In an Australian first and following worldwide best practice, using the system will be mandatory for doctors and pharmacists before prescribing or supplying a high-risk medicine. The Labor Government has invested $29.5 million to implement a real-time prescription monitoring system in Victoria. This includes $1 million to develop and deliver comprehensive training and education for doctors and pharmacists across Victoria. It is expected the system will be rolled out next year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Victoria is the only state developing a real-time prescription monitoring system for a wide range of high risk medicines - it will save lives.” “More Victorians are dying from prescription drug overdoses each year than on our roads. This will help stop the prescription shopping and get people the help and support they need.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “It’s tragic that so many Victorians every year are dying from prescription medicine overdoses. We are taking action to ensure people misusing drugs can get the support and treatment they need to beat their addition.”

More Prescription Pills To Be Monitored To Save Victorian Lives

The Andrews Labor Government today announced high-risk prescription medicines to be monitored under a new real-time prescription monitoring system currently being developed. The system will monitor strong painkillers, all benzodiazepines and ‘Z class’ medicines in a bid to reduce the number of Victorians dying from prescription medicine overdoses. Many prescription medicine overdoses result from people ‘prescription shopping’ from multiple doctors and pharmacies. Our centralised system will help save lives by identifying misuse and providing support earlier. Last year, 372 Victorians died from an overdose of prescription medicines. More people in Victoria have lost their lives from the misuse of prescription medicines than the road toll for five years in a row. Based on the latest international and local research, and recommendations from our expert advisory group, the system will monitor prescription medicines that are causing the greatest harm to the Victorian community. These include Schedule 8 medicines, which cover strong painkillers such as morphine and oxycodone. Other high-risk medicines to be monitored include all benzodiazepines used for treating conditions such as anxiety and insomnia, ‘Z class’ medicines also used for insomnia, as well as quetiapine, an anti-psychotic medicine. Benzodiazepines contribute to the most number of prescription drug-related deaths in Victoria. Codeine will also be monitored, but will be included at a later stage to allow clinicians time to adjust to the proposed rescheduling of over the counter codeine products to prescription only by the Therapeutic Goods Administration from February 2018. In an Australian first and following worldwide best practice, using the system will be mandatory for doctors and pharmacists before prescribing or supplying a high-risk medicine. The Labor Government has invested $29.5 million to implement a real-time prescription monitoring system in Victoria. This includes $1 million to develop and deliver comprehensive training and education for doctors and pharmacists across Victoria. It is expected the system will be rolled out next year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Victoria is the only state developing a real-time prescription monitoring system for a wide range of high risk medicines - it will save lives.” “More Victorians are dying from prescription drug overdoses each year than on our roads. This will help stop the prescription shopping and get people the help and support they need.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “It’s tragic that so many Victorians every year are dying from prescription medicine overdoses. We are taking action to ensure people misusing drugs can get the support and treatment they need to beat their addition.”

Creating Jobs And Giving Power Back To The People

Up to 1000 homes across Victoria will be able to monitor and access their own power usage under a new initiative funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Energy software developer Geli Australia has received $850,000 to develop a monitoring and control system through round two of the Labor Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund. The Government is working to help Victorians lower their power bills by investing in this improved solar power monitoring technology which enables households to monitor electricity consumption and solar production in real time, as well as monitor and control battery use. The $3.18 million project will see Geli Australia work with Flextronics to locally manufacture and install purpose built systems which will enable residents access to their own power usage. Participating households are expected to have their electricity bills reduced by up to 10 percent initially and will also be able to use the information provided by the system to decide whether energy storage is feasible, based on their electricity consumption. This project is expected to generate up to seven ongoing full-time jobs and more than 80 indirect jobs. The Fund offers grants of between $20,000 and $1 million to support new energy technology projects that will increase the uptake of renewable energy, reduce emissions, and assist community groups to develop their own projects. More than 50 applications were received in round two of the Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving over  $6 million in grants. For more information on the Fund visit http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is a fantastic opportunity for Victorians to learn more about their energy consumption and the benefits that new energy technologies can provide.” “Projects such as this one illustrate how our New Energy Jobs Fund is helping create more jobs and deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy for Victorians.” “It’s like having an energy expert in your own home – households will receive vital information on their energy use and advice about improving efficiency, ultimately saving them money on their electricity bills.”

Creating Jobs And Giving Power Back To The People

Up to 1000 homes across Victoria will be able to monitor and access their own power usage under a new initiative funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Energy software developer Geli Australia has received $850,000 to develop a monitoring and control system through round two of the Labor Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund. The Government is working to help Victorians lower their power bills by investing in this improved solar power monitoring technology which enables households to monitor electricity consumption and solar production in real time, as well as monitor and control battery use. The $3.18 million project will see Geli Australia work with Flextronics to locally manufacture and install purpose built systems which will enable residents access to their own power usage. Participating households are expected to have their electricity bills reduced by up to 10 percent initially and will also be able to use the information provided by the system to decide whether energy storage is feasible, based on their electricity consumption. This project is expected to generate up to seven ongoing full-time jobs and more than 80 indirect jobs. The Fund offers grants of between $20,000 and $1 million to support new energy technology projects that will increase the uptake of renewable energy, reduce emissions, and assist community groups to develop their own projects. More than 50 applications were received in round two of the Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving over  $6 million in grants. For more information on the Fund visit http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is a fantastic opportunity for Victorians to learn more about their energy consumption and the benefits that new energy technologies can provide.” “Projects such as this one illustrate how our New Energy Jobs Fund is helping create more jobs and deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy for Victorians.” “It’s like having an energy expert in your own home – households will receive vital information on their energy use and advice about improving efficiency, ultimately saving them money on their electricity bills.”

RECOGNISING VICTORIA’S LONGEST-SERVING EDUCATION CAREERS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

More than 400 Department of Education and Training staff have been recognised for their dedication to public education, acknowledging those who have achieved 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service in 2017. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP today congratulated Loretta Hamilton of Courtney Gardens Primary School for her long-serving contribution to education. Loretta Hamilton has devoted 45 years of service in education and her positive impact has been felt by generations of young students. Jude Perera MP, also congratulated Janice Brueton of Lynbrook Primary School on her devoted 40 years of service. This is a total contribution of 85 years of service for education in the in our local community. The 420 recipients from across the state have together devoted more than 17,000 years to teaching, have seen change, led progress and embraced opportunities to help young people thrive. As the Andrews Labor Government builds the Education State, the example led by these recipients will continue to inspire everyone to do the best for Victoria’s children and young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “From blackboard, to whiteboard, to smartboard – these teachers have been part of a steep learning curve for all involved in education.” “Their journeys as education professionals have been at a time of incredible technological and global change.” “I thank every recipient for the dedication, energy and creativity they have brought to their roles in every day of their careers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “I wish to  congratulate all teachers recognised for their many years of service. Their commitment and dedication for education has been felt by generations of young students within our local community”.

RECOGNISING VICTORIA’S LONGEST-SERVING EDUCATION CAREERS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

More than 400 Department of Education and Training staff have been recognised for their dedication to public education, acknowledging those who have achieved 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service in 2017. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP today congratulated Loretta Hamilton of Courtney Gardens Primary School for her long-serving contribution to education. Loretta Hamilton has devoted 45 years of service in education and her positive impact has been felt by generations of young students. Jude Perera MP, also congratulated Janice Brueton of Lynbrook Primary School on her devoted 40 years of service. This is a total contribution of 85 years of service for education in the in our local community. The 420 recipients from across the state have together devoted more than 17,000 years to teaching, have seen change, led progress and embraced opportunities to help young people thrive. As the Andrews Labor Government builds the Education State, the example led by these recipients will continue to inspire everyone to do the best for Victoria’s children and young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “From blackboard, to whiteboard, to smartboard – these teachers have been part of a steep learning curve for all involved in education.” “Their journeys as education professionals have been at a time of incredible technological and global change.” “I thank every recipient for the dedication, energy and creativity they have brought to their roles in every day of their careers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “I wish to  congratulate all teachers recognised for their many years of service. Their commitment and dedication for education has been felt by generations of young students within our local community”.

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne today announced that the Cranbourne CFA will receive $68,664.80, for the renovation of their building to accommodate turn out gear Other beneficiaries of the grant included: Clyde CFA $3,944.00 for the purchase of durable hoses. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in our local area in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. To view successful recipients of the ESVS Grants Program please visit: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.” Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP: "This is an exciting day for our local area> and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in our local area to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.”

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne today announced that the Cranbourne CFA will receive $68,664.80, for the renovation of their building to accommodate turn out gear Other beneficiaries of the grant included: Clyde CFA $3,944.00 for the purchase of durable hoses. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in our local area in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. To view successful recipients of the ESVS Grants Program please visit: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.” Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP: "This is an exciting day for our local area> and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in our local area to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.”

 

It’s Official: More Than A Quarter Of A Million Jobs

More than a quarter of a million jobs have been created in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today, with almost 70 per cent of them full time. The latest ABS data shows 250,100 jobs have been created in Victoria since November 2014, with 172,900 of them full time. In the last month alone, an additional 18,800 full time jobs were created. Victoria’s unemployment rate has also dropped – now sitting at 5.9 per cent, compared to 6.7 per cent in November 2014 under the former Liberal Government. During the year to June 2017, Victorian employment rose by 97,800 persons (+3.2 per cent), which is more than any other state, and the highest in absolute and percentage terms. Victoria’s excellent June employment result was also the state’s fifth consecutive monthly increase in employment. Victoria’s participation rate is also strong at 66.0 per cent, which is well above the national average of 65.0 per cent and reflects a high degree of confidence in the Victorian job market. Quotes attributable to Acting Treasurer Gavin Jennings “Today’s job numbers show that there are more Victorians employed than ever before, and with more than 250,000 jobs create since we were elected, the Labor Government is getting Victorians back to work.” “Our strong economy and solid pipeline of infrastructure projects such as the Metro Tunnel and the level crossing removal program is delivering thousands of jobs, as well as giving apprentices the start they need in work.”

It’s Official: More Than A Quarter Of A Million Jobs

More than a quarter of a million jobs have been created in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today, with almost 70 per cent of them full time. The latest ABS data shows 250,100 jobs have been created in Victoria since November 2014, with 172,900 of them full time. In the last month alone, an additional 18,800 full time jobs were created. Victoria’s unemployment rate has also dropped – now sitting at 5.9 per cent, compared to 6.7 per cent in November 2014 under the former Liberal Government. During the year to June 2017, Victorian employment rose by 97,800 persons (+3.2 per cent), which is more than any other state, and the highest in absolute and percentage terms. Victoria’s excellent June employment result was also the state’s fifth consecutive monthly increase in employment. Victoria’s participation rate is also strong at 66.0 per cent, which is well above the national average of 65.0 per cent and reflects a high degree of confidence in the Victorian job market. Quotes attributable to Acting Treasurer Gavin Jennings “Today’s job numbers show that there are more Victorians employed than ever before, and with more than 250,000 jobs create since we were elected, the Labor Government is getting Victorians back to work.” “Our strong economy and solid pipeline of infrastructure projects such as the Metro Tunnel and the level crossing removal program is delivering thousands of jobs, as well as giving apprentices the start they need in work.”

$7.6 Million Boost To Help Address Youth Crime

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $7.6 million in grants to help local communities tackle youth crime and repeat offending by intervening early and diverting young people from crime. As a part of the Government’s record investment, the Youth Crime Prevention Grants help local communities tackle the underlying causes of youth crime and repeat offending for young people aged between 10 and 24. A total of $5.6 million has been provided to eight priority communities with higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young offenders, including Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham. These community-led projects include coaching and mentoring, employment and education opportunities for young people, and are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police. A further $2 million in grants has been awarded to 10 projects in other communities following a competitive application process run earlier this year. The Labor Government has also funded 42 additional police Youth Resource Officers to work in local communities and divert young people from a life of crime. The additional staff are part of the Government’s record $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes thousands more police, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account. An additional $1.5 million has also been provided to projects that empower and re-engage Koori young people through a range of early intervention, prevention and diversion programs, including camps, sporting activities, workshops and education. A full list of the youth crime prevention projects can be found at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll  “We can’t prevent youth offending by policing alone – we have to also address the root causes of crime, which is why this investment in youth crime prevention is so important.” “Getting young people involved in their community, making them feel supported and helping them find education or employment is an important part of tackling youth crime.” “We’re proud to be supporting these community-based programs, given the difference they can make to young people and their communities.”

$7.6 Million Boost To Help Address Youth Crime

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $7.6 million in grants to help local communities tackle youth crime and repeat offending by intervening early and diverting young people from crime. As a part of the Government’s record investment, the Youth Crime Prevention Grants help local communities tackle the underlying causes of youth crime and repeat offending for young people aged between 10 and 24. A total of $5.6 million has been provided to eight priority communities with higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young offenders, including Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham. These community-led projects include coaching and mentoring, employment and education opportunities for young people, and are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police. A further $2 million in grants has been awarded to 10 projects in other communities following a competitive application process run earlier this year. The Labor Government has also funded 42 additional police Youth Resource Officers to work in local communities and divert young people from a life of crime. The additional staff are part of the Government’s record $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes thousands more police, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account. An additional $1.5 million has also been provided to projects that empower and re-engage Koori young people through a range of early intervention, prevention and diversion programs, including camps, sporting activities, workshops and education. A full list of the youth crime prevention projects can be found at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll  “We can’t prevent youth offending by policing alone – we have to also address the root causes of crime, which is why this investment in youth crime prevention is so important.” “Getting young people involved in their community, making them feel supported and helping them find education or employment is an important part of tackling youth crime.” “We’re proud to be supporting these community-based programs, given the difference they can make to young people and their communities.”

More Mental Health Care For New Mums, Children And Young People

More mothers, children and young people will benefit from earlier and increased mental health support, thanks to a more than $21 million funding boost to expand the capacity of vital services. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited Monash Children’s Hospital to announce a statewide package which will provide greater early intervention for Victorians to get support at crucial stages of their lives. The Andrews Labor Government will continue to fund the cuts by the Turnbull Government that ensures mums have access to extra support with a $2.9 million expansion which will allow earlier detection and treatment of antenatal and postnatal mental illness, including depression. Building on successful perinatal emotional health programs in rural settings there will also be extended treatment capacity in metropolitan services for expectant and new mothers. Recognising the impact mental illness has on our children, the Labor Government will provide an additional $5.1 million to extend mental health services for children from birth to 12 years old. Early intervention provides long term benefits for children – reducing mental health problems, reducing involvement with the justice system, and improving social and economic participation. The Government is also providing an additional $13.2 million across clinical mental health services to enable more Victorians to access early intervention via local specialist services. It will fund additional service hours to support youth and adult clients. Monash Health is Victoria’s second largest public clinical mental health service. As part of Victoria’s early intervention mental health initiatives, it’s receiving a $16.4 million growth in mental health funding in 2017-18. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This targeted funding will mean we can intervene early to support mums, children and young people when they need it most.” “We know that mental health issues are common and we are working hard to ensure Victorians can access support quicker and easier – to save lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim “We are fortunate to have a dedicated team at Monash Health and this additional funding will greatly assist them to provide support as required to our Victorian mums, children and young people across the South East of Melbourne.”  

More Mental Health Care For New Mums, Children And Young People

More mothers, children and young people will benefit from earlier and increased mental health support, thanks to a more than $21 million funding boost to expand the capacity of vital services. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited Monash Children’s Hospital to announce a statewide package which will provide greater early intervention for Victorians to get support at crucial stages of their lives. The Andrews Labor Government will continue to fund the cuts by the Turnbull Government that ensures mums have access to extra support with a $2.9 million expansion which will allow earlier detection and treatment of antenatal and postnatal mental illness, including depression. Building on successful perinatal emotional health programs in rural settings there will also be extended treatment capacity in metropolitan services for expectant and new mothers. Recognising the impact mental illness has on our children, the Labor Government will provide an additional $5.1 million to extend mental health services for children from birth to 12 years old. Early intervention provides long term benefits for children – reducing mental health problems, reducing involvement with the justice system, and improving social and economic participation. The Government is also providing an additional $13.2 million across clinical mental health services to enable more Victorians to access early intervention via local specialist services. It will fund additional service hours to support youth and adult clients. Monash Health is Victoria’s second largest public clinical mental health service. As part of Victoria’s early intervention mental health initiatives, it’s receiving a $16.4 million growth in mental health funding in 2017-18. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This targeted funding will mean we can intervene early to support mums, children and young people when they need it most.” “We know that mental health issues are common and we are working hard to ensure Victorians can access support quicker and easier – to save lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim “We are fortunate to have a dedicated team at Monash Health and this additional funding will greatly assist them to provide support as required to our Victorian mums, children and young people across the South East of Melbourne.”  

New Study Takes Aim At Male Suicide

The recipient of a fellowship from the Andrews Labor Government’s medical research strategy is set to tackle the high incidence of suicide in working men. Initial studies show stressful working conditions are a major risk factor for mental health problems and suicide among men, and the research aims to find the reasons and link workplaces into health services which can help. Dr Allison Milner has received a four-year fellowship to research the issue and develop solutions – one of three worth up to $800,000 each – granted under the Labor Government’s $20 million plan to ensure Victoria stays a world leader in health and medical research that has the power to change lives. The fellowship is intended to develop initiatives and strategies, in association with workplaces and the business community, to reduce the incidence of mental health and rates of suicide in working age men by linking them into health services. The other fellowship recipients include: Dr Bernard Pope, to develop solutions to aid the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman, to research how and why hip and knee replacements can sometimes fail, and develop methods to minimise it Last November, a new Science, Medical Research & Technology Panel was established to drive leadership and excellence in Victorian health and medical research, attracting more investment and jobs to Victoria. The Labor Government is also investing in a range of suicide prevention measures across the state, with $27 million over four years for the Suicide Prevention Framework. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “It’s a sad indictment that too many men fail to seek help to deal with their mental health issues before it’s too late, and they often see suicide as their only recourse.” “We’re determined to address suicide and a range of other health issues through our $20 million health and medical research program.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research Frank McGuire “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment is driving medical research that can lead to a real difference and has the power to change lives.” Quotes attributable to Science Medical Research & Technology Panel Chair Brigitte Smith “The three fellowships were selected from a quality field of more than 100 eligible applications, and went through a rigorous assessment and shortlisting process to prioritise the key research projects which we are confident will have a real and lasting impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”

New Study Takes Aim At Male Suicide

The recipient of a fellowship from the Andrews Labor Government’s medical research strategy is set to tackle the high incidence of suicide in working men. Initial studies show stressful working conditions are a major risk factor for mental health problems and suicide among men, and the research aims to find the reasons and link workplaces into health services which can help. Dr Allison Milner has received a four-year fellowship to research the issue and develop solutions – one of three worth up to $800,000 each – granted under the Labor Government’s $20 million plan to ensure Victoria stays a world leader in health and medical research that has the power to change lives. The fellowship is intended to develop initiatives and strategies, in association with workplaces and the business community, to reduce the incidence of mental health and rates of suicide in working age men by linking them into health services. The other fellowship recipients include: Dr Bernard Pope, to develop solutions to aid the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman, to research how and why hip and knee replacements can sometimes fail, and develop methods to minimise it Last November, a new Science, Medical Research & Technology Panel was established to drive leadership and excellence in Victorian health and medical research, attracting more investment and jobs to Victoria. The Labor Government is also investing in a range of suicide prevention measures across the state, with $27 million over four years for the Suicide Prevention Framework. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “It’s a sad indictment that too many men fail to seek help to deal with their mental health issues before it’s too late, and they often see suicide as their only recourse.” “We’re determined to address suicide and a range of other health issues through our $20 million health and medical research program.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research Frank McGuire “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment is driving medical research that can lead to a real difference and has the power to change lives.” Quotes attributable to Science Medical Research & Technology Panel Chair Brigitte Smith “The three fellowships were selected from a quality field of more than 100 eligible applications, and went through a rigorous assessment and shortlisting process to prioritise the key research projects which we are confident will have a real and lasting impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”