Rubella officially eliminated from Australia

In a highly significant public health accomplishment for Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that Australia has eliminated rubella, a contagious viral illness that can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.   Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral illness that causes a fever, rash and swollen lymph glands.   If…

Plan to tackle heart disease and stroke in Australia

The Morrison Government has provided funding to support the development of plan for heart disease and stroke, outline a better way to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions in Australia.   The National Heart Foundation of Australia has received $170,000 to develop a National Strategic Action Plan, with assistance from the National Stroke Foundation.  …

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: PBS listings to benefit advanced lung cancer and cholesterol patients; Nauru.   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted today, to be here at the amazing Monash Health Precinct. This is one of Australia’s great medical precincts, and to be flanked by incredible medical leaders such as Prof Eva Segelov and Prof Stephen Nicholls.  …

Major PBS listings to benefit lung cancer and cholesterol patients

Two major new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have the potential to extend the lives of Australians with advanced lung cancer and those at risk of a heart attack, saving patients almost $190,000 a year.   November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November patients with advanced lung cancer will have…

Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Record child immunisation rates, Nauru, Malcolm Turnbull   JOURNALIST: So can you tell us about, in terms of vaccination rates, what does the latest data show?   GREG HUNT: So the new National Vaccination Rates for five year olds are very, very good news, up from 91.5 per cent when we came…

Today interview with Karl Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Record child immunisation rates, $80 million investment in eye medication under the PBS   KARL STEFANOVIC: Well, more Australian parents are getting their children vaccinated than ever before, according to new figures out today from the federal government. But there are still some problem areas. For more I’m joined by Health Minister…

Australia’s child immunisation rates at record levels

The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines.   New data for the September 2018 quarter reveals the nation-wide immunisation rates for five year olds was 94.62 per cent, which is…

$80 million investment in eye medication

The Morrison Government will invest $80 million in eye medications through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), helping improve and preserve the vision of thousands of Australians and saving them up to $7,000 a year.   From 1 November 2018, patients will get new subsidised treatment options for a range of eye conditions including Ozurdex® (dexamethasone)…

Supporting Australia’s premature babies and their families

The Morrison Government will provide $600,000 to the Miracle Babies Foundation to support families of premature and sick babies.   Every year in Australia, more than 48,000 newborn babies are cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery. Of these, 27,000 babies are born prematurely and tragically, up to 1,000 babies…