Government taking action to support patients following nuclear medicine scan shortages

The Australian Government is working proactively to find solutions to support patients following an unexpected shortage of nuclear medicine scans in hospitals and medical centres.   An equipment failure, which occurred at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations’ (ANSTO) facility at Lucas Heights, means supplies of Technetium-99m (TC-99m) are limited.   I am advised…

Support for World Sepsis Day

As we mark World Sepsis Day, the Morrison Government has announced $1.5 million in funding to combat this devastating condition.   Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. Your immune system protects you from many illnesses and infections, but it’s also possible for it to go into overdrive in…

Easing the burden of prostate cancer

The Morrison Government has increased its support for men battling prostate cancer, after it launched the Position Statement for Distress Screening and Psychosocial Care for Men with Prostate Cancer, developed by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.   Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, with around 19,500 men in Australia being…

ABC interview with Sabra Lane

E&OE…                       Topics: Clinical trials to combat reproductive cancers; Jill Emberson; Drug testing for welfare recipients.   SABRA LANE: Ovarian cancer is the deadliest woman’s cancer; 1500 Australians are diagnosed with it every year and nearly half of them will be dead from it within five years of diagnosis.   There is no early detection…

$32 million available to support vital translational health research

The Morrison Government is opening the door for Australian researchers through a $32 million investment that will support innovative solutions to the nation’s most pressing health issues.   Funded over two years through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the Investigator Grants will back projects and studies that deliver medical discoveries and ultimately save lives.…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: National Action Plan for Blood Cancers, September PBS listings, seasonal flu vaccine; Tamil family   GREG HUNT: I’m joined this morning by Bill Petch, the CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation.   Today is the first of September, the first day of Spring, the day of new medicines listings and Father’s Day. So…