ABC interview with David Bevan and Ali Clarke

E&OE…                       Topics: New Emergency Department for Mount Barker Hospital; New SA Statewide brain and spinal rehab unit – REPAT; Ambulance ramping;   ALI CLARKE: It’s good morning federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.   GREG HUNT: Good morning.   DAVID BEVAN: You come bearing gifts, Minister.   GREG HUNT: I do indeed. I’ve got a…

$268 million to continue the battle against alcohol and drug misuse

The Liberal National Government will provide $268 million to continue support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues. The funding over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 will be provided to Primary Health Networks (PHNs), providers of residential and non-residential withdrawal management and rehabilitation programs, alcohol and peak drug organisations and other national activities already…

$220 million for research to tackle heart disease and stroke

The Liberal National Government is launching a comprehensive research effort to tackle the nation’s two biggest killers – heart disease and stroke – with an unprecedented $220 million for a 10-year Mission for Cardiovascular Health.   The funding, awarded under the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will support Australian researchers to make game-changing discoveries,…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: $200 million for cancer medicines on the PBS; New dedicated Medicare item for heart health checks   DOUG HILTON: My name is Doug Hilton, I’m Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and I’d like to welcome you all today to a wonderful set of announcements.   I’d like to begin…

Today interview with Allison Langdon

E&OE…                       Topics: $200 million to list new cancer treatments on the PBS; the creation of a Medicare item for heart health checks from April 1; Julie Bishop   ALLISON LANGDON: Well, the Federal Government will today announce $200 million to list breakthrough new cancer medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. And for more we’re…

$10 million for ADHD medicine on the PB

The Liberal National Government will invest $10 million to expand access to a medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   Intuniv® (guanfacine) for the treatment of ADHD will be made available as an add-on therapy to other ADHD medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from March 1 this year.   Without subsidy patients would…

Coalition Government commits $3.3 million for new headspace and youth mental health services on the Mornington Peninsula

The Coalition Government is providing unprecedented investment in mental health services for young Australians living on the Mornington Peninsula by establishing a new youth mental health hub in Rosebud. The hub will house, among other services, a new headspace satellite centre which will provide vital youth services in Rosebud and to Western Port and the…