Doorstop – Perth

E&OE…                       Topics: Spinal arthritis drug listed on PBS; GST.   GREG HUNT: It’s a privilege to be here at Fiona Stanley Hospital with my colleague Ben Morton, Member for Tangney, who’s been an incredible advocate, not just for the hospital but for patients and for Murdoch University. It’s extraordinary to meet leading clinicians and…

Thousands to benefit from spinal arthritis medication listing on PBS

The Morrison Government will make a medication for severe inflammatory spinal arthritis more affordable when it is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients more than $15,000 a year. Almost 4,000 patients who suffer from active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis will benefit when Simponi® (Golimumab) becomes available on the PBS on December 1. Patients…

ABC Radio interview with Sandy Aloisi

E&OE…                       Topics: Eliminating cervical cancer; genetic testing under the new Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission.   SANDY ALOISI: New research from the Cancer Council predicts Australia will become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer. Last year, Australia transitioned from pap smears, recommended every two years, to a test that detects…

Morrison Government hospital funding grows 62 times faster than states

The latest official figures show funding for public hospitals has shifted from states and territories to the Commonwealth with the Morrison Government’s contribution growing 62 times faster than the states. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Health Expenditure Australia 2016–17, shows Australian Government funding for public hospitals rose by 6.2 per cent in…

Doorstop – Sydney

E&OE…                       Topics: Free Meningococcal ACWY vaccines for 14-19 year olds; My Health Record; Australia Day   DAVE SHARMA: Good afternoon, and thank you to Sydney Boys High School for having us here today. It’s great to have the Minister for Health here with me, Mr. Greg Hunt, for an important announcement today about meningococcal…