Mental Health Commission appointments strengthen suicide prevention plan

Three new members have been appointed to the National Mental Health Commission’s Advisory Board to further strengthen the Government’s focus on youth mental health and suicide prevention.   The new Commissioners are Mr Alan Woodward, Ms Niharika Hiremath, and Dr Elizabeth-Ann Schroeder.   The National Mental Health Commission provides advice to Government on ways to…

$6.8 million to improve understanding of pain

The Liberal National Government will commit funding of up to $6.8 million to improve understanding and management of pain by consumers and health professionals. $2.5 million funding will be provided over four years from July 2019 for three projects: Up to $1 million to Painaustralia to support consumer awareness and education for people affected by…

A further $4 million for heart disease and stroke

The Liberal National Government will invest a further $4 million to tackle heart disease and stroke on top of recently announced measures to address these deadly conditions.   In 2017 alone, more than 100,000 Australians experienced a heart attack or stroke and cardiovascular disease was the underlying cause of 43,500 deaths in Australia.   Stroke…

RECORD INVESTMENT ADVANCES LONG TERM NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN

The Liberal National Government is investing a record $104 billion in 2019–20, up from $75 billion in 2012–13, as part of a comprehensive, patient-focused investment of $435 billion over the next four years. It guarantees Medicare, makes a range of life-saving medicines and services more accessible and affordable, reduces out-of-pocket costs, strengthens primary care and mental health…

$70 million for residential eating disorders treatment centres across Australia

The Liberal National Government is providing $70.2 million to establish six residential eating disorders centres and provide national coordination for eating disorders treatment.   There are around 1 million Australians living with an eating disorder.   Eating disorders are extremely complex illnesses, and have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness –…

Breast cancer and rare skin cancer medicines on the PBS

The Liberal National Government is improving the lives of patients with breast cancer and a rare skin cancer by subsidising innovative medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients up to $150,000 a year.   In this year’s Budget our Government will invest $81.5 million to list the medicine Bavencio® (avelumab) on the PBS…

King Edward Memorial Hospital to receive $15 million revitalisation

The Liberal National Government has announced it will invest $15.1 million to upgrade Perth’s iconic King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), completing a long overdue makeover of the facilities infrastructure.   Federal funding will deliver real benefits to Western Australia’s only tertiary maternity and gynaecological hospital that will ensure the delivery of the highest standard of…

$6 million to bring Grace’s Place vision to reality

The Liberal National Government will contribute $6.1 million towards the establishment of a world-first residential recovery centre to help children and young people through the trauma of losing a loved one by homicide.   Grace’s Place, which was named after murder victim Anita Cobby’s mother Grace Lynch, will provide support for children and young people…

$32.6 million for breast cancer scans under Medicare

The Liberal National Government will invest $32.6 million so breast cancer patients have life-saving scans covered under Medicare, saving patients up to $1,500 per scan.   Two new Medicare items for MRI of the breast will be available from 1 November 2019, which will help with the more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  …