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Medicine exports drop by 30%
Australian pharmaceutical exports were
30 per cent lower in June 2015, than in
According to Medicines Australia (MA), the
continuing decline in Australian exports of
medicines has highlighted the enormous
challenges facing the local industry as it
struggles to remain competitive in the
global pharmaceutical industry.
Five years ago medicines were Australia’s
largest manufactured export, bringing in
more than $4 billion to the economy. Today,
manufactured medicines have slipped to
second place behind the motor vehicle
The latest figures released by the Australian
Bureau of Statistics reveal that in the first six
months of 2015, Australian manufacturing
exports were $1.06 billion, compared
to $1.49 billion in the first half of 2014,
representing a 28.5 per cent decline.
Pharmaceutical exports were 30 per cent
lower in June 2015, compared to June 2014.
In a statement MA said that at a time of
growing demand for innovative, safe
and effective medicine products in Asia,
particularly in China, Australia was set to
miss out on an enormous economic and job
creating opportunity if our politicians failed
to get policy settings right.
Almost one in 10 Australian infants risk severe infections because they
are not up-to-date with their immunisations. According to research at the
University of Adelaide, infants from socially disadvantaged backgrounds
are at greater risk of not being fully immunised.
The study, conducted in conjunction
with University College London,
examined barriers to childhood
immunisations experienced by parents
Researchers found 91% of infants
were up-to-date with immunisations
but children with socioeconomically
disadvantaged parents, not just parents
who disagree with immunisations, were
more likely to not be fully immunised.
The research was published in the
Associate Professor Helen Marshall,
from the University of Adelaide’s
Robinson Research Institute, and Director
of Vaccinology and Immunology
Research Trials Unit at the Women’s
and Children’s Hospital, said this was
the first Australia-wide study to show
that factors associated with social
disadvantage impact on immunisation
uptake more than unwillingness to have
‘In this study we looked at the most
current individual-level data available
of more than 5,000 Australian children,
aged 3-19 months. 9.3% of children
were found to be partially immunised
or not immunised at all, and of these
only one in six children had parents
who disagreed with immunisations.
So the majority of infants who were
incompletely immunised had parents
who do not object to immunisation –
something else is getting in the way,’
She said the primary barriers to
immunisation included minimal contact
with, and access to services, being a
single parent and children living in a
‘Socioeconomic disadvantage was an
important reason why parents had
children who were either partially
immunised or not immunised at all,’
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