Australian PM pledges $9 million for homeless

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledged 10 million Australian dollars ($9 million) Wednesday to assist homeless people suffering from severe mental illness.

The move was part of the Labor government’s plan to halve the nation’s homeless rate by 2020 — a goal set when it took power in 2007, when more than 100,000 people were homeless.

Rudd said he expects the number of homeless people to have risen in recent years because of the global financial crisis, but his government was making advances to meet its target.

Thirty-six additional personal mentors will be hired by mid-2010 to provide intensive assistance to homeless Australians with extreme mental disabilities, he said.

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“This program is designed to help people with a severe mental illness reconnect with the wider community and to live more independent and satisfying lives,” said Rudd.

The federal government is trying to follow through on election promises as it faces new elections later this year. [Read the full article]

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets( has announced the addition of the “The Pharmaceutical Market: Slovenia” report to their offering.

This in-depth pharmaceutical market report is ideal for executives wanting to understand the key drivers in pharmaceutical markets and have access to a wealth of statistical data. Each report opens with an outlook section that provides analysis of the market, 5-year market forecasts, national data projections, market outlook and key developments such as regulation, pricing/reimbursement, intellectual property, health facilities and government policy. [Read the full article]

Three BAE Systems space computers have taken flight on a NASA satellite to study the sun influence on Earth and near-Earth space. NASA selected the company RAD750) and RAD6000 computers to handle large amounts of data processing for its Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, in the harsh, high-radiation solar environment.

Two RAD6000 radiation-hardened computers aboard NASA Atmospheric Imaging Assembly and the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager payloads will process large volumes of scientific data and manage the satellite directional orientation. A RAD750 computer will run the software that keeps the spacecraft in orbit.

“This is a unique mission that requires a high tolerance to the extreme conditions encountered near the sun. [Read the full article]

Over 30 health plans offer standardized services to help seniors and others manage medications safely and effectively

Dozens of US health plans nationwide have adopted a unified approach to assist seniors and other consumers to appropriately use medications. The move follows increased emphasis from the federal government for Medicare plans to offer more robust Medication Therapy Management (“MTM”) programs in 2010. The approach features a common communications platform linking participating insurers to a network of over 25,000 chain, independent and health system pharmacies across the country. The platform and network are administered by Iowa-based Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care.

“Appropriate medication use is critical to health care quality,” said Winston Wong, Associate Vice President of Pharmacy Management at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. [Read the full article]

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