No room for complacency about polio

On 24 October, we mark World Polio Awareness Day, a reminder that polio is a devastating disease which could easily return if we are not vigilant.   Every Australian needs to understand how important it is to prevent a re-emergence of this debilitating disease.   Thanks to decades of diligent vaccination programs against polio, there…

Supporting people with chronic pain to access services

A new online directory was launched today to provide people living with chronic pain – and their health practitioners – a comprehensive list of available services to help manage their conditions.   The National Pain Services Directory was developed by Painaustralia and supported by the Morrison Government.   The new directory will make it easier…

Launch of national women’s health survey results

The Morrison Government welcomes the launch of today’s national women’s health survey, which reflects the challenges and opportunities for the health care needs of Australian women and girls.   The fifth annual Jean Hailes National Women’s Health Survey reflects the health needs and behaviour of almost 10,000 women throughout Australia.   The survey has helped…

Report reveals Indigenous health goals on track

A significant number of Indigenous Australian health outcomes are on track to be achieved within four years, an annual Report Card has revealed.   The annual Report Card on the Implementation Plan for The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 to 2023, shows 12 of the 20 goals named in the Plan…

Grant call open for research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Morrison Government is calling for proposals for $3 million in research to better understand the causes and improve diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).   Tomorrows opening of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) competitive Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is designed to help stimulate quality collaborative research in…

5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                       Topics: PBS medicines listings; Correcting inaccurate PBS news story; Drugs shortages   LEON BYNER: Minister, thanks for joining us. You would be aware that News Limited did some work and they are alleging that there are lots of drugs that have been approved for use but are not on the PBS.   They…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Cystic fibrosis medicines listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   GREG HUNT: Delighted to be here at the Great Strides Fun Run. Today is about great strides for patients with cystic fibrosis.   To be here with Nettie Burke and Karin, who are representing the cystic fibrosis community, with David and…

Primary Health Reform Steering Group Established

The Morrison Government has appointed a team of experts to provide independent advice on the development of the Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan.   The 10-Year Plan will set a vision and path to guide future primary health care reform, as part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.   Under the Long Term…

Speech – Medicines Australia PharmAus 2019

E&OE…                       Topics: PharmAus 2019; Medicines listings; Mental health; Clinical Trials.   GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Liz and to Anna for your leadership of Medicines Australia; to all of you who are involved in the great stages and processes of bringing new medicines to Australia, whether on the research side, whether on the…