Extra funding boost for local volunteer organisations on the Mornington Peninsula

Two local community groups on the Mornington Peninsula will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government Volunteer Grants, to support the work of local volunteers.   The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport…

Greater access to key treatment option for patients with rare flesh eating ulcer

There’s new hope for Australians living with a severe flesh eating ulcer, with expanded subsidised access to a key medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, access to Rimycin 150® and 300® (rifampicin) will be expanded on the PBS for the treatment of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection). It is expected 425…

Key PBS listing to save Australians with severe back and neck pain more than $20,000

Thousands of Australians with debilitating back and joint pain will have access to a life changing treatment option through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars. From December 1, access to Taltz® (ixekizumab) on the PBS will be expanded for patients with active ankylosing spondylitis. Without the PBS…

$4 million for new COVID-19 research

The Morrison Government is supporting six new COVID-19 research projects across four institutions, allowing researchers continue to examine the virus and our response to the pandemic. More than $4 million will be distributed from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) through two grant rounds to institutions including Monash University, Deakin University and Macquarie University. These…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Extension of telehealth; $4 million for COVID digital health delivery; European COVID cases numbers; AstraZeneca vaccine; Quarantine facilities; State borders; WA state border; Travel bubble with New Zealand; Returning Australian travellers. GREG HUNT: To have somebody who’s an outstanding medical professional in his own right as well as an outstanding medical leader, I…