5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…   Topics: New PBS listings for cancer and asthma   LEON BYNER: Greg Hunt, thanks for joining us today. Tell us about what was going to cost asthma sufferers $21,000 a year, that’s now going to be on the PBS.   GREG HUNT: So there’s a new medicine, Fasenra, and that’s been listed on…

Medicines for severe asthma and growth hormone deficiency listed on the PBS

The Liberal National Government will list new medicines for severe asthma, and severe growth hormone deficiency on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients up to $21,000 a year.   From today Fasenra® (benralizumab), a new treatment option for patients with uncontrolled severe eosinophilic asthma, will be available on the PBS.   Around 670 patients…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: $100 million investment in new PBS listings to fight cancer   GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Professor Ricky Johnstone, to the amazing clinicians here at Peter Mac and the VCCC.   To our patients – patients such as Ben and Christine and Denise and all the other patients who have inspiring…

$100 million investment in new PBS listings to fight cancer

Australians fighting cancer will benefit when five new cancer listings are made available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) following a $100 million investment from the Liberal National Government.   From December 1, thousands of eligible patients with certain forms of leukaemia, advanced tumours of the intestine and pancreas, melanoma, bowel cancer and ovarian cancer…

$100 million to support type 1 diabetes patients in Flinders

The Liberal National Government will expand free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving people in up to $7,000 a year.   Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, welcomed the $100 million announcement and said the investment guaranties certainty.   “This additional…

Support for ending and managing HIV

The Liberal National Government is strengthening its commitment to ending HIV with the announcement of funding for a new strategy that aims to virtually eliminate the transmission of HIV, the approval of the first HIV self-testing kit and the listing of a new medicine on the PBS.   The first HIV self-testing kit, the Atomo…

$23 million funding boost for peak health groups

The Liberal National Government will provide the nation’s peak health groups and advisory bodies with $23.5 million over three years to help build a healthier Australia. Organisations such as the Australian College of Nursing, the Consumers Health Forum, Lifeline and the Rural Doctors Association will receive funding through the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Programme…

$100 million to support more type 1 diabetes patients

The Liberal National Government will expand free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving people up to $7,000 a year.   This investment of more than $100 million in additional funding over the next four years will ensure that free glucose monitoring devices are available…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: $100 million to support type 1 diabetes patients, drinking water, Victoria state election.   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to be here at Frances Perry House today with Wes Carter, Dr Alison Nankervis, Greg Johnson from Diabetes Australia, the leaders of so many of our paediatric and other diabetic groups, and of course…

$20 million for drug and alcohol treatment in South Australia

The Liberal National Government will provide $20 million to boost drug and alcohol treatment services in South Australia particularly in regional and rural areas.   The funding will be available over three years and will be provided as grants of up to $2.5 million in each identified area of need within the state.   The…