Protecting more Australians from deadly diseases

The Turnbull Government is expanding the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to keep more Australians healthy and protect them against vaccine preventable diseases. From today, the NIP will be expanded to provide free catch-up vaccines for all Australian children and young people up to the age of 19 years and, for the first time, refugees and…

Adding more medicines to the PBS to help more patients

The Turnbull Government continues to make medicines available and more affordable for Australians with new listings worth $142 million being added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) tomorrow. Vorinostat (Zolinza®) will be available for the first time on the PBS to treat eligible patients with relapsed or refractory cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. This is a subtype…

Alisa Camplin-Warner appointed as ASC Deputy Chair

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Alisa Camplin-Warner OAM as Deputy Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) board. Ms Camplin-Warner has been an outstanding contributor to Australian sport. She is a world champion athlete who has continued to demonstrate her dedication and passion for the future of sport at all levels. Ms…

Mersey Hospital ownership returned to Tasmaniav

The people of North-West Tasmania will now have certainty that they will continue to receive quality healthcare through the Mersey Community Hospital, following the finalisation of arrangements to transfer ownership from the Australian Government to the Tasmanian Government. The Mersey National Partnership Agreement and Transfer Deed have been signed by both parties, and ownership of…

The Turnbull Government is supporting the expansion of community pharmacy programs to help more patients around Australia better understand and manage their medications and avoid ill-health

The Turnbull Government is supporting the expansion of community pharmacy programs to help more patients around Australia better understand and manage their medications and avoid ill-health. Under the Increasing Patient Access to Medication Management Services measure in the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement, the Turnbull Government is providing $600 million to continue and expand a number…

Providing $400,000 life-saving drug to Australian kids with rare disease

The Turnbull Government will provide a life-saving treatment to Australian patients who have a rare medical condition known as Morquio A Syndrome, at no cost. Vimizim® (elosulfase alfa) will be available under the Life Saving Drugs Program from 1 August. With treatment costing around $400,000 each year, many Australian children suffering from Morquio A have…

Transcript – Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: Medicinal cannabis; Coalition’s commitment to strong national security; Women’s World Cup bid in 2023; Clean Energy Target DAVID SPEERS: With me now is the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt. Thank you for your time this afternoon. GREG HUNT: It’s a pleasure. DAVID SPEERS: So we’ve spoken about this before, this issue. Remind us…

Transcript – Canberra doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Medicinal cannabis, Coalition’s commitment to strong national security GREG HUNT: I'm going to make a brief statement about the vote in the Senate today to remove the safeguards and to remove the protections against unsafe medicinal cannabis. Let me say this, this is a deeply concerning and disappointing decision. Mr Shorten and others…