Medicine for rare disease made free on the Life Saving Drugs Program

From today, the Morrison Government will make a new medicine available for free for an extremely rare and potentially life-threatening disease, saving patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.   The new medicine Galafold® (migalastat) for the treatment of Fabry disease will be listed on the Life Saving Drugs Program, which provides free access…

2GB interview with Steve Price

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare at record levels; Labor’s poor record on PBS; Labor’s Medicare freeze; Brian Owler; Walk for Autism.   STEVE PRICE: Greg Hunt the federal Minister’s on the line. Minister, thanks for your time.   GREG HUNT: Good evening.   STEVE PRICE: Did you freeze Medicare?   GREG HUNT: No. The previous government…

Today interview with Georgie Gardner

E&OE… Topics: Australia has eliminated rubella, Walk for Autism.   GEORGIE GARDNER: Now to health news. And rubella – formerly known as German measles – has officially been wiped out in Australia. The World Health Organization has declared the disease – once feared by pregnant women – eradicated. For more, I’m joined by Health Minister…

Rubella officially eliminated from Australia

In a highly significant public health accomplishment for Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that Australia has eliminated rubella, a contagious viral illness that can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.   Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral illness that causes a fever, rash and swollen lymph glands.   If…

Plan to tackle heart disease and stroke in Australia

The Morrison Government has provided funding to support the development of plan for heart disease and stroke, outline a better way to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions in Australia.   The National Heart Foundation of Australia has received $170,000 to develop a National Strategic Action Plan, with assistance from the National Stroke Foundation.  …

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: PBS listings to benefit advanced lung cancer and cholesterol patients; Nauru.   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted today, to be here at the amazing Monash Health Precinct. This is one of Australia’s great medical precincts, and to be flanked by incredible medical leaders such as Prof Eva Segelov and Prof Stephen Nicholls.  …

Major PBS listings to benefit lung cancer and cholesterol patients

Two major new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have the potential to extend the lives of Australians with advanced lung cancer and those at risk of a heart attack, saving patients almost $190,000 a year.   November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November patients with advanced lung cancer will have…

Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Record child immunisation rates, Nauru, Malcolm Turnbull   JOURNALIST: So can you tell us about, in terms of vaccination rates, what does the latest data show?   GREG HUNT: So the new National Vaccination Rates for five year olds are very, very good news, up from 91.5 per cent when we came…

Today interview with Karl Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Record child immunisation rates, $80 million investment in eye medication under the PBS   KARL STEFANOVIC: Well, more Australian parents are getting their children vaccinated than ever before, according to new figures out today from the federal government. But there are still some problem areas. For more I’m joined by Health Minister…