$3 million for tick bite medical research

The Liberal National Government will provide $3 million for two studies that aims to reduce the debilitating symptoms attributed to tick bites.   Thousands of Australians have had their lives, and those of their families, impacted by chronic symptoms associated with tick bites such as fatigue, arthritis, chronic pain, headaches and ongoing psychological symptoms.  …

Medicine for the treatment of seizures listed on the PBS

The Liberal National Government will make a medicine for the treatment of seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis more affordable, saving patients $17,000 a year.   The medicine Afinitor® (everolimus) is being listed on the expert Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from January 1, for the treatment of refractory seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex.   The…

Rare lung cancer medication made available on the PBS

The Liberal National Government will make a medicine for a rare type of lung cancer caused by a gene defect affordable, saving patients $140,000 a year.   From 1 January the medicine Xalkori® (crizotinib) will made available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for lung cancer patients with a c-ROS proto-oncogene 1 (ROS1) gene rearrangement.…

2GB interview with Michael McLaren

E&OE…                       Topics; Labor’s private health insurance policy forcing regional hospitals to cut services; Mavenclad listed on the PBS for MS   MICHAEL MCLAREN: Look, from that back into the real world – good news for multiple sclerosis sufferers this Christmas Eve because patients are set to save $54,000 a year after the drug Mavenclad…

First ever medicine for crippling genetic kidney disease added to PBS

The Liberal National Government will list a new medicine for adults with genetic kidney disease on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients around $23,000 a year.   Jinarc® (tolvaptan) will be available through the PBS from 1 January 2019.   It is the first effective drug treatment for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)…

Mental health support this holiday season

For many, Christmas and New Year is a time of celebration with family, friends and loved ones.   However, the end of year holiday season can also be a time when many people experience stress, anxiety, depression, or social isolation.   Over this period, I want to encourage those seeking help to visit the Head…

Funding support for world leading cancer research

The Liberal National Government will invest  in world leading cancer research that will focus on more accurate diagnosis, more effective treatments and improved survivorship of a broad range of cancers.   Our Government, through Cancer Australia, will invest $7.1 million in research grants, with an additional $4.7 million contributed by funding partners Cancer Council Australia,…

Record high Medicare bulk billing rate

More Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent, with new data showing a record GP bulk billing rate for the September quarter.   The data for the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year has the GP bulk billing rate at a record 86.1 per cent.   This is 0.2 per…

Sky News interview with Tom Connell

E&OE…                       Topics: $110 million support for young Australians with severe mental illness; CAR-T Therapy; health insurance costs; sugar tax   TOM CONNELL: Let’s go to our next interview of the day though, Health Minister Greg Hunt has been good enough to join us in Brisbane where, well, plenty of announcements lately, Minister, but let’s…

6PR interview with Jane Marwick

E&OE…                       Topics: $185 million for dementia and ageing medical research; CAR-T Therapy; private healthcare premiums; pill testing at festivals   JANE MARWICK: So a couple of big announcements from the federal Health Minister who joins me now. He is Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning, welcome to the program.   GREG HUNT: And good morning…