Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA

E&OE…                        Topics: More medicines added to the PBS; Newspoll; by-elections; company tax cuts; reducing medical costs LEON BYNER: Greg, good morning and thanks for joining us.  GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.  LEON BYNER: Tell us about this COPD treatment. GREG HUNT: So, COPD is…

New medicine to improve the lives of more than half a million Aussies

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are set for a boost with the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.   COPD is a progressive disease which causes shortness of breath, coughing and excess mucus production. Patients describe their daily battle as…

Interview with Bridget Brennan – ABC Radio AM

E&OE…                        Topics: Announcement of a taskforce to tackle HTLV-1in remote communities.  SABRA LANE: As AM reported last month, the blood-borne virus HTLV-1 has been found at astonishingly high rates in Aboriginal communities. There’s been a groundswell of global interest and advocacy since then to…

Funding to combat Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 and emerging communicable diseases in remote communities

The Turnbull Government will provide $8 million to form a taskforce, in collaboration with the states and territories, to combat emerging communicable diseases in remote communities including Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 (HTLV-1). Led by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, the taskforce will bring together Aboriginal communities, relevant health providers, researchers, clinicians and…

Shorten rolls out a truckload of lies in Longman

Residents in Longman should be alert to Bill Shorten’s deliberate and desperate campaign to scare patients with blatant lies on health funding.  In stark contrast in Longman, the Turnbull Government is delivering: • Record funding to the Metro North Hospital Network, including a 53 per cent increase to local hospitals compared to Labor – including…

Interview with Jon Faine – ABC Radio Melbourne Mornings

E&OE…                        Topics: Healthscope’s closure of two private hospitals in Victoria; Company tax cuts JON FAINE: How can you not make money out of the provision of private health? GREG HUNT: Well, you have both national and local challenges and I think it’s very important…

Funding announced for action plan on macular disease

The Turnbull Government will provide funding for the development of a national action plan to better support patients with macular disease, the leading cause of vision loss among older Australians. During Macular Degeneration Awareness Week I am pleased to announce that the Macular Disease Foundation Australia will receive $150,000 for the development of a National…

Protecting older Australians in aged care facilities

The Turnbull Government is taking further action to protect older Australians, with an investment of nearly $2 million going into research to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance in aged care facilities. Antibiotic resistance in Australia has meant some infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat, leaving healthcare professionals with limited, or in some rare…

Genomics Health Futures Mission expert advisory committee appointed

The Turnbull Government has appointed an expert advisory committee for the landmark Genomics Health Futures Mission led by of Professor Ian Frazer AC. The $500 million Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission is the centrepiece of the Government’s $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan announced in the 2018-19 Budget.     The 13–member Genomics…

Professor Anne Kelso reappointed NHMRC CEO

Highly distinguished and respected medical researcher Professor Anne Kelso AO has been reappointed as CEO of the Australian Government’s leading health and medical research agency for a further five years—until 2023. Professor Kelso was first appointed CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in April 2015 and has performed an outstanding role…