Strengthening Australia’s immunisation program

The Australian Government is continuing to improve Australia’s world leading vaccination program through the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020, which enters parliament today. This Bill supports and builds upon the longstanding action of the successive Governments to ensure that Australians have access to safe and effective vaccines and that we maintain world leading…

South Australia switches on electronic prescriptions

South Australians will now have access to electronic prescriptions through the Morrison Government’s ongoing investment in digital health.   Since May, electronic prescriptions have been introduced across the country, with South Australia joining Victoria, the ACT and metropolitan Sydney.   So far, more than one million electronic prescriptions have been issued. This includes over 800,000…

Extra funding boost for local volunteer organisations on the Mornington Peninsula

Two local community groups on the Mornington Peninsula will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government Volunteer Grants, to support the work of local volunteers.   The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport…

Greater access to key treatment option for patients with rare flesh eating ulcer

There’s new hope for Australians living with a severe flesh eating ulcer, with expanded subsidised access to a key medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, access to Rimycin 150® and 300® (rifampicin) will be expanded on the PBS for the treatment of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection). It is expected 425…