International Tourists flock to Phillip Island

More international visitors are taking the time to visit Phillip Island during their stay in Australia, new figures have revealed. The International Visitor Survey (IVS), released in September, has shown international tourists are staying longer and spending more on Phillip Island, with a 60% increase in tourist numbers and a 55% increase in average spend…

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…

New funding grant for Flinders Men’s Sheds

The Turnbull Government is providing funding for four Men’s Sheds in the Flinders electorate as part of the National Shed Development Program. The New Peninsula, Safety Beach-Dromana, Cranbourne-Casey, Peninsula North and Junction Village Men’s Sheds will receive thousands of dollars’ worth of funding to help purchase equipment, undertake facility upgrades and provide materials for community…

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…