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…

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…

Key PBS listing to save Australians with severe back and neck pain more than $20,000

Thousands of Australians with debilitating back and joint pain will have access to a life changing treatment option through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars. From December 1, access to Taltz® (ixekizumab) on the PBS will be expanded for patients with active ankylosing spondylitis. Without the PBS…

$4 million for new COVID-19 research

The Morrison Government is supporting six new COVID-19 research projects across four institutions, allowing researchers continue to examine the virus and our response to the pandemic. More than $4 million will be distributed from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) through two grant rounds to institutions including Monash University, Deakin University and Macquarie University. These…