Health funding to protect Australians

The Turnbull Government is providing $27 million to strengthen the planning and response to a national health emergency, should one be triggered by bioterrorist attack or contagious disease outbreak. This funding will support the detection and identification of biological agents of security concern and high risk contagious diseases. The security and safety of every single…

Reclink national program a winner for Australia’s disadvantaged

The Turnbull Government is supporting Reclink’s national program which breaks down the barriers of isolation and inactivity among disadvantaged Australians to promote fitness, fun and social skills. Our investment of $2 million over two years will support Reclink Australia to reach out to some of our most disadvantaged Australians and engage them in new sport…

Additional support for treatment of polio survivors

The Turnbull Government is providing funding of $450,000 to Polio Australia to run clinical practice workshops for health professionals to improve their awareness of post-polio syndrome. Federal Health Minister and Member for Flinders Greg Hunt said a greater professional understanding of the symptoms associated with the late effects of polio would lead to improvements in…

Labor attacks private health insurance again

Once again Labor is attacking the 13 million Australians with private health cover – with confirmation today that they want to slash the private health insurance rebate. Every Australian family that cares about their health should be terrified of what a Labor Government would mean to them. Labor’s approach will drive up premiums, push people…

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…