Budget 2020-21: Record health and aged care investment under Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic plan

The Morrison Government is delivering a record $115.5 billion in 2020–21 and $467 billion over the forward estimates to deliver the essential health services Australians need under the Long Term National Health Plan. The 2020–21 Budget funds the Government’s ongoing health response under the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan, extending initial key COVID-19 health initiatives. It…

Budget to deliver better access to life changing medicines for liver cancer, eye conditions and Parkinson’s disease

Australians suffering from liver cancer, myopia and Parkinson’s disease will soon have new treatment options, with amended PBS listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) coming into effect. In Tuesday’s budget, the Morrison Government will provide significant investment for new medicines including over $230 million to expand the listing Tecentriq® and Avastin® (atezolizumab and bevacizumab)…

Transcript – Today Show interview with Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic

E&OE… Topics: Lifting of restrictions in Victoria; Port dispute with unions; Travel bubble with New Zealand; Funding for children’s cancer research. ALLISON LANGDON: Pressure is mounting on the Victorian Government to lift restrictions faster after just five new cases were recorded. That’s a number not seen since the 12th of June. KARL STEFANOVIC: Federal Health…

$9 million for research into cancer in children and young adults

The Morrison Government is providing $9 million to support research into the causes, biology and progression of cancer among children and young adults. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among Australian children. In the decade to 2015, nearly 1000 Australian children under the age of 15 died from cancer. Delays in diagnosing…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ray Hadley

E&OE… Topics: Wharfie pay dispute RAY HADLEY: I mentioned in the first hour of the program this troubling story about critical medicine shipments unable to reach Australia, sparking drug shortages and delays because unions are holding the country to ransom over a wharfie pay dispute. I wanted to talk to Greg Hunt, the Federal Health…

Australia’s first strategic action plan for blood cancers

As part of the 2020/21 Budget, the Morrison Government will provide more than $600,000 to the Leukaemia Foundation as part of Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. Blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are estimated to account for more than one in 10 cancer deaths in Australia this year. The number…

New treatment available free for Haemophilia A patients

I am pleased to announce all Australian governments have agreed to fund a new treatment for haemophilia patients, through our national blood arrangements. Hemlibra®, also known as emicizumab, will be made available to eligible patients free of charge through the National Blood Authority (NBA), which is jointly funded by the Australian Government and all states…