Infants with Cystic Fibrosis to breathe easier with new PBS listing

The Morrison Government is expanding access to a critically important medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that will help infants living with Cystic Fibrosis and save their families up to $300,000 per year.   From 1 August, the medicine Kalydeco® (ivacaftor), will made available through the PBS for patients aged 12 to 24 months…

$21 million for dementia research

The Morrison Government will provide $21 million for 13 research projects that will focus on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia, Australia’s second leading cause of death.   This brings the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme to $200 million.   Two dementia research…

New National Centre for Healthy Ageing

A funding agreement between the Morrison Government, Monash University and Peninsula Health will see a National Centre for Healthy Ageing at Monash University’s Peninsula campus.   Following the 2019-20 Budget announcement of a $32 million contribution from the Government for the National Centre for Healthy Ageing, a project agreement has been signed and the first…

A $2.8 million focus on Diabetes

The Morrison Government is committed to tackling diabetes and is investing $2.8 million to help prevent and treat diabetes-related blindness and foot complications. Diabetes is a chronic condition that impacts the lives of more than 1.2 million Australians. Coinciding with National Diabetes Week, Morrison Government funding will support two new programs: $1.5 million will be…

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…