Time for action on endometriosis

The Turnbull Government will create the first National Action Plan for Endometriosis, providing much needed support for women who face this often misunderstood medical condition.  The Plan will seek to improve the treatment, understanding and awareness of endometriosis, which affects around one in ten Australian women.  It will be developed in collaboration with the Australian…

Private patients in public hospitals remains a growing concern

The Turnbull Government is very concerned about the growing practice of private health insurance being charged by public hospitals for treatments that should be free. Figures released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show that state governments and hospitals are continuing to actively encourage patients to use their private health…

New initiative to highlight the value of apprenticeships and vocational education

Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, is hopeful that the Federal Government’s ‘Real Skills for Real Careers’ initiative will help Flinders residents find the right training for the right job. The new initiative launched last month by the Turnbull Government will showcase and promote the diverse range of rewarding careers available through vocational education…

Major $640 million investment in Australia’s world-leading medical research

The Turnbull Government will invest $640 million to support Australia’s world-leading health and medical researchers as they continue their work in the laboratory, clinic and the community to find the next major medical breakthrough. Cancer research continues to be a major priority for the Turnbull Government with $109 million allocated to projects for research into…

Continuing to make new medicines affordable for Australians

A new medicine to treat soft tissue sarcoma will be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today, giving more than 100 Australians a year access to affordable life-improving treatment. Eribulin (Halaven®) provides eligible patients with an alternative treatment to currently listed medicines.  It works by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. The independent…