Record Medicare bulk billing rate a win for patients in Flinders

More patients in Flinders are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to a record 79 per cent in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year.  This is the highest local GP bulk-billing rate on record for the July to December period and it is more than 6% higher…

5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE… Topics: Highest bulk billing on record; diagnostic imaging; Bupa; South Australia’s record hospital funding LEON BYNER: Let’s talk to the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Greg thanks for coming on today.  GREG HUNT: And good morning Leon. LEON BYNER: Every time I open up the lines on health matters, callers will ring me and…

Highest bulk-billing rate on record

New Medicare data shows a record amount of Australian patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to 85.8 per cent in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year.  This is the highest GP bulk-billing rate on record for the July to December period and it is nearly…

ABC AM interview with Sabra Lane

E&OE…                        Topics: Highest bulk billing on record; Million Minds Mental Health Mission; Medical Research Future Fund SABRA LANE: The Federal Government is establishing a special research fund to find better ways of treating mental illness and even preventing it. Part of the money will…

5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                        Topics: ‘Get the Facts’ child immunisation campaign, low immunisation locations, meningococcal B vaccine LEON BYNER: The Turnbull Government is targeting parents across the country, particularly in Adelaide, with a very powerful message around the need to vaccinate their children with a new campaign…

Campaign to target areas with low immunisation rates

The Turnbull Government will target parents across the country with a powerful message around the need to vaccinate their children, with a new campaign launching today. Areas of low vaccination rates in one, two and five year olds will be micro targeted in every state and territory under the second phase of the ‘Get the…

Interview with Peter Stefanovic – Weekend Today

E&OE…                        Topics: ‘Get the Facts’ child immunisation campaign; cervical cancer  PETER STEFANOVIC: The suburbs with the lowest child vaccination rates across the country have been revealed this morning, with the Federal Health Minister releasing this information as part of a new campaign to get…

Interview with Monique Wright & Michael Usher – Weekend Sunrise

E&OE…                        Topics: ‘Get the Facts’ child immunisation campaign; cervical cancer  MONIQUE WRIGHT: Well, cervical cancer is set to be eradicated within the next 40 years and Australia is expected to be the first country to be free of the disease. Just extraordinary news. For…

Medical research funding to accelerate action on endometriosis

The Turnbull Government will provide $2.5 million in medical research funding as part of the first-ever national approach to combat endometriosis. Medical research is a key element of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, which is focused on providing much needed support for women who face this often misunderstood medical condition.   It is estimated that…

Better maternity services for Australian women

Following extensive work by medical experts and industry stakeholders, the Turnbull Government has released new national medical guidelines for the care of pregnant women, while also detailing a new approach to maternity services.   The Clinical Practice Guidelines on Pregnancy Care provides evidence-based recommendations, reflecting the latest scientific evidence, for all health professionals caring for pregnant…