Major reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable

The Turnbull Government is today announcing a wide ranging package of reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable for Australians. We know that every dollar matters to Australian families and these reforms will get better value for families and make policies easier to understand. Private health insurance is an essential and valuable…

$200 million research boost to improve the lives of Australian patients

The Turnbull Government is investing over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease. In addition to this significant investment in medical research, the Turnbull Government is providing $5 million to CanTeen under the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research program to…

Transcript – Announcement of the addition of Gardasil 9 to the National Immunisation Program

E&OE… PRIME MINISTER: Good morning and welcome to North Bondi Surf Club. We’re surrounded this morning by lifesavers and future lifesavers, and we’re talking today about an important new step in saving lives. Ian Frazer, Nobel Prize Winner, developed Gardasil, which is a vaccine that has for ten years been made available first to girls…

Providing affordable access to new treatment for leukaemia and lymphoma

More than 920 Australians each year will benefit from affordable access to a new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients. Ibrutinib (sold as Imbruvica®) would normally cost $187,390 on average per course of treatment, putting it beyond the reach of most patients. This $466 million listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme will save patients hundreds…

Marking National Headspace Day

Headspace supports tens of thousands of Australians each year who are struggling with mental health problems by providing vital counselling services in person and online. That’s why the Turnbull Government is supporting headspace with more than $92 million funding this year, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. 100 headspace centres operate…