Strengthening privacy protections for My Health Record

After constructive discussions with the AMA and RACGP, the Government will strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act, removing any doubt regarding Labor’s 2012 legislation.   Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened to match the existing ADHA policy.   This policy requires a court order to release any My Health…

New diabetes and hepatitis C medications available to patients this week

The Turnbull Government will help improve the lives of those living with diabetes and hepatitis C by making two treatments more affordable, helping patients save thousands of dollars a year.   In excess of 170,000 Australians, who face the many challenges and risks of living with the hepatitis C, are expected to benefit from the…

New epilepsy medicine to provide much needed support to thousands of Australians

Almost 6,500 patients who suffer from particularly severe epilepsy will receive much-needed support with the Turnbull Government subsidising a life-changing medicine, saving families thousands of dollars each year.   From August 1, Perampanel will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for children older than 12 and adults with severe epilepsy.   This will…

$5 million for research to improve mental health in elderly Australians

The Turnbull Government and beyondblue will provide a total of $5 million for research to help improve mental illness among our older Australians.   The funding will be allocated to seven innovative projects that will look to reduce depression, anxiety and suicide in elderly Australians by supporting evidence-based approaches.   One project includes a trial…

Doorstop – Sydney

E&OE…                       Topics: Nation Action Plan for Endometriosis and funding to implement it; My Health Record   PROFESSOR JASON ABBOTT: So, thanks everyone for coming today. I’m just going to explain a little bit about endometriosis. Endometriosis is a complex pelvic disease that affects the female reproductive system and can cause pain and infertility. It’s…

National action on endometriosis to help thousands of Australian women

The Turnbull Government will today release Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis to improve the quality of life of patients through better treatment, diagnosis, and aiming to ultimately find a cure. The Plan outlines a new approach to improving awareness and understanding of endometriosis, speeding up diagnosis, and developing better diagnostic and treatment options.…

Interview with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck – ABC Radio Sydney

E&OE… Topics: My Health Record ROBBIE BUCK: Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has just called in. Good morning to you, Minister. GREG HUNT: Good morning. ROBBIE BUCK: Okay, we have been- well, quoting some of the reports this morning suggesting that there are a vast number of people who will have access to the My…

Young cancer patients to access new treatments

Hundreds of young Australians with rare and aggressive forms of cancer will now access four new clinical trials from September, providing ground-breaking treatment and therapy options to patients. The Turnbull Government is providing CanTeen with $3.6 million to run four clinical trials which will support 260 patients with very rare and highly lethal cancers. These…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Clinical trials funding for young Australians with rare and aggressive forms of cancer; My Health Record. GREG HUNT: Well welcome everybody to the extraordinary Peter MacCallum Centre. We’re in the youth cancer services centre and I’m with Peter Orchard from CanTeen, Joey, who’s not just a board member but one of our magnificent…

Interview with Ray Hadley – 2GB

E&OE… Topics: Bupa and HCF; My Health Record RAY HADLEY: Mr Hunt, G’day to you. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ray. RAY HADLEY: Nice to talk to you. I know you’re pressed for time but there are two issues I wanted to discuss with you. Listeners have contacted me about changes to their private health care…