Medicare bulk billing at record level

An increased number of Australians are attending General Practitioner (GP) appointments without reaching into their pockets, with GP bulk billing rates under Medicare hitting a record high of 86.2 per cent for the full year of 2018-19.   Since 2012-13, bulk billing rates have increased by four full percentage points from 82.2 per cent, and…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA Adelaide

E&OE…                       Topics: Cost of antibiotics   LEON BYNER: Now coming up, I’m going to talk- we did this interview earlier this morning and I promised I’d do this because I was amazed. We got a lot of calls late Friday on the show about the business of mark-ups of scripts.   And I fully…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: National Action Plan for Blood Cancers, September PBS listings, seasonal flu vaccine; Tamil family   GREG HUNT: I’m joined this morning by Bill Petch, the CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation.   Today is the first of September, the first day of Spring, the day of new medicines listings and Father’s Day. So…

National Action Plan for Blood Cancers

The Morrison Government will establish an expert National Taskforce, and commission a National Action Plan to improve diagnosis, treatment and the understanding of blood cancers.   There are three major types of blood cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma that account for almost nine per cent of all cancers diagnosed and almost 10 per cent of…

$27 million for new medicines

The Morrison Government will invest $27 million to provide affordable access to three new medicine listings through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), helping Australians who are living with complications following stroke, those fighting cancer, and to support the enhanced response to the outbreak of syphilis in northern, central and southern Australia.   Three extended or…

Southport Medicinal Cannabis manufacturing facility opens

The Morrison Government continues to boost the nation’s medicinal cannabis sector, following the opening of a medicinal cannabis manufacturing facility in Southport, Queensland.   The THC Global facility will have the capacity to produce the equivalent of 120 tonnes of medicinal cannabis in oil or capsule form, to meet growing demand in Australia, and secure…

$11.7 million investment to keep Australians out of hospital

The Morrison Government is investing $11.7 million in 10 prevention projects to keep Australians out of hospital. Going back and forth to hospital can be stressful and inconvenient for patients and their families, and costly to Australia’s health system. There are many drivers of hospital admissions, including chronic and complex diseases, acute medical and mental…

Transcript – National Press Club Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Health 2030 – Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan and the Vision for a mentally healthier community     SABRA LANE: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the National Press Club of Australia and today’s Westpac address. My name is Sabra Lane; I am the President of the club and…

A New Frontier in Emergency Stroke Care

A team of Melbourne researchers have been awarded a $1 million dollar grant through the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Frontiers initiative to develop, test and ultimately implement portable brain imaging tools in air and road ambulances.   The new technologies will better equip first responders and have the potential to transform access…