Sunrise interview with David Koch

E&OE…                       Topics: Cheaper medicines for over 500,000 patients; Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme price reductions; expanding the expiry date of prescriptions.   DAVID KOCH: Now, changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will see more than half a million Aussie patients get cheaper medicines.   The plan, which comes into effect tomorrow, will cut the price of…

ABC Interview with Jon Faine

E&OE…                       Topics: New funding for childhood cancer; new medication for short bowel syndrome; new initiatives for regional healthcare access; children’s anxiety over climate change; Australia’s emissions; Plastics in the ocean; Vaping; ACT cannabis legislation, W.A assisted dying; Liberal Party spill books; Frydenberg, Liu court of disputed returns.   JON FAINE: Greg Hunt is the…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Inaugural Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness; Cannabis legalisation in the ACT   OWEN FINEGAN: Just obviously first going to welcome all the stakeholders on behalf of the Kids’ Cancer Project. It’s been a really exciting three or four years for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September and really excited about the announcement today…

Steering Committee Established For National Preventive Health Strategy

The Morrison Government is progressing its 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy, with an Expert Steering Committee selected to inform the strategy’s development.   The Strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information and targeting modifiable risk factors, and the broader causes of poor health.  …

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…