Support for World Sepsis Day

As we mark World Sepsis Day, the Morrison Government has announced $1.5 million in funding to combat this devastating condition.   Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. Your immune system protects you from many illnesses and infections, but it’s also possible for it to go into overdrive in…

Easing the burden of prostate cancer

The Morrison Government has increased its support for men battling prostate cancer, after it launched the Position Statement for Distress Screening and Psychosocial Care for Men with Prostate Cancer, developed by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.   Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, with around 19,500 men in Australia being…

ABC interview with Sabra Lane

E&OE…                       Topics: Clinical trials to combat reproductive cancers; Jill Emberson; Drug testing for welfare recipients.   SABRA LANE: Ovarian cancer is the deadliest woman’s cancer; 1500 Australians are diagnosed with it every year and nearly half of them will be dead from it within five years of diagnosis.   There is no early detection…

National action on Indigenous mental illness and suicide prevention

The Morrison Government is investing over $5.5 million in an approach that will help two of the nation’s leading mental health organisations reduce suicide rates and improve mental health outcomes for First Australians.   Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and this is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to shine a…

Clinical trials to combat reproductive cancers

The Morrison Government is investing up to $15 million in targeted clinical trials to improve treatments and discover cures for reproductive and gynaecological cancers such as ovarian, cervical and fallopian cancer.   An estimated 6,454 Australian women will be diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer this year, and 19,871 women will live their lives with these…

$32 million available to support vital translational health research

The Morrison Government is opening the door for Australian researchers through a $32 million investment that will support innovative solutions to the nation’s most pressing health issues.   Funded over two years through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the Investigator Grants will back projects and studies that deliver medical discoveries and ultimately save lives.…

Medicare bulk billing at record level

An increased number of Australians are attending General Practitioner (GP) appointments without reaching into their pockets, with GP bulk billing rates under Medicare hitting a record high of 86.2 per cent for the full year of 2018-19.   Since 2012-13, bulk billing rates have increased by four full percentage points from 82.2 per cent, and…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA Adelaide

E&OE…                       Topics: Cost of antibiotics   LEON BYNER: Now coming up, I’m going to talk- we did this interview earlier this morning and I promised I’d do this because I was amazed. We got a lot of calls late Friday on the show about the business of mark-ups of scripts.   And I fully…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: National Action Plan for Blood Cancers, September PBS listings, seasonal flu vaccine; Tamil family   GREG HUNT: I’m joined this morning by Bill Petch, the CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation.   Today is the first of September, the first day of Spring, the day of new medicines listings and Father’s Day. So…

National Action Plan for Blood Cancers

The Morrison Government will establish an expert National Taskforce, and commission a National Action Plan to improve diagnosis, treatment and the understanding of blood cancers.   There are three major types of blood cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma that account for almost nine per cent of all cancers diagnosed and almost 10 per cent of…