NOVEL LIFE-SAVING CANCER THERAPY NOW AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA

I am proud to announce that the novel life-saving cancer treatment CAR-T therapy will become available in Australia, saving patients from travelling overseas for the treatment that costs up to $500,000. CAR-T therapy, Kymriah®, will be made available to Australian children and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia that has relapsed or is refractory to…

FREE NATIONAL FLU VACCINATION PROGRAM FOR 2019 COMMENCES

I encourage Australians to get a flu shot as more than six million doses of influenza vaccine become available for free for eligible people through the Federal-Government funded National Immunisation Program (NIP). On the advice of the medical authorities vaccines are being distributed to states and territories and will be available from mid-April to help protect Australians against this…

LABOR CAUGHT OUT POLITICISING THE FLU SEASON

The election is only hours old and already we have the most disgraceful health scare campaign from Labor – this time on the flu vaccination and children. It is utterly shameful that Daniel Andrews is politicising the flu season and we utterly reject the Victorian Labor Government’s assertion. Daniel Andrews has been caught out deliberately…

$19.7 million National Men’s Health Strategy

The Liberal National Government will today launch the National Men’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 with more that $19 million to guide action over the decade to improve the health and wellbeing of every Australian man and boy.   We will release the National Men’s Health Strategy, which sets out a national approach to improving health outcomes…

$1.5 million for Abacus Learning Centre & Western Port Secondary College

The Liberal National Government is investing $1.5 million into Western Port to improve the mental health of students and the educational experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To improve these outcomes for children and their families, the Coalition Government will invest: • $1 million for the construction of a new, purpose built facility…

$10 million funding boost for endometriosis research and awareness

The Liberal National Government will provide more support for women with endometriosis with new funding to raise awareness of the disease and research to improve the treatment and understanding of this often misunderstood and crippling condition. Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls. $9 million in Government…

$52.2 million to improve women’s health

The Liberal National Government will today launch the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 with more than $50 million in funding to improve women’s health in areas such as ovarian cancer and endometriosis. I am proud to release the National Women’s Health Strategy, which sets out a national approach to improving health outcomes for all women…

MEDIA STATEMENT

I am concerned about the recent increases in measles cases in Australia and want to make sure our community is well protected against this very serious disease. As at 5 April 2019, there had been 83 measles notifications in 2019, compared with 103 for the whole of 2018 and 81 for the whole of 2017.…

Review of natural therapies for private health insurance

The Liberal National Government will commission an updated review of certain natural therapies including a five year update to its 2014-15 review of natural therapies.   The review will be led by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy and be supported by an advisory panel of experts including Associate Professor of Public Health…

Record GP bulk billing rates

GP bulk billing rates under Medicare rose to 86 per cent in the six months from July to December 2018, a record high for this period.   This is up 0.2 percentage points on the same period in 2017 and means more Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent.   It…