Proposed Regulatory Action for Textured Breast Implants

Australia’s medical device regulator, has today announced that it is proposing to take strong and decisive action to suspend or cancel and recall certain textured breast implants from the Australian Market, following a review of apparent links to rare forms of cancer.   The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) proposed regulatory action follows an extensive review…

Child immunisation at record levels

The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines. New data for the March 2019 quarter reveals immunisation rates for all five year olds is 94.78 per cent which is our highest…

ABC 7.30 interview with Leigh Sales

E&OE…                       Topics: Dental care; Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Medicare; Australian Medical Association; Record Bulk Billing Rates   LEIGH SALES: And the Health Minister Greg Hunt is with us from Parliament House. Thanks for your time, Minister.   GREG HUNT: Pleasure.   LEIGH SALES: There are so many challenges facing the health system as our series…

Sky News interview with Sharri Markson

E&OE…   Topics: Online fundraising campaigns; transparency system; Australian Medical Association; Charlie Teo; flu season; the stillbirth report.   SHARRI MARKSON: And welcome back to The Kenny Report. I’m joined now by the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Thanks for joining me.   GREG HUNT: Oh, pleasure.   SHARRI MARKSON: Look, I want to start…

Government accepts Stillbirth Report Recommendations

The Morrison Government has accepted the recommendations made by the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education Report. Our Government has agreed to, or agreed in principle to all the recommendations, and our response includes: developing a National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan in collaboration with state and territory governments and in consultation with…

Medicare bulk billing at record levels

New Medicare data shows nearly nine out of 10 Australians visit their GPs without paying a cent with GP bulk billing rates at a record 86 per cent in the nine months from July 2018 to March 2019.   This is up 4 percentage points compared to when Labor was last in office and a…

HIV diagnosis: lowest in almost two decades

HIV diagnoses in Australia is the lowest in almost 20 years due to increased prevention measures, earlier testing and treatment. In an Australian first, we have now seen significant reductions in new HIV diagnoses recorded at the national level thanks to the commitment of governments, healthcare, community and research sector. The Kirby Institute at UNSW…

Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Acne and Depression medicines listed on the PBS

The Morrison Government will provide affordable access to four new medicines through Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), helping patients living with debilitating and often life threatening conditions. Under the PBS, treatment for diabetes, severe cystic acne, depression and lung cancer will be available to patients for just $40.30 per script, or $6.50 with a concession card.…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Community Health and Hospitals Program funding underway GREG HUNT: It’s an absolute privilege to be here at St Vincent’s Hospital and in particular at the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. To be with Toby and Patricia, Angela, brilliant professors such as Peter and Mark, is to see the best of Australian medical technology,…