Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins October 1

October 1 is the commencement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   It is yet another strong reminder to all Australian women they should put their health and well-being first.   Early detection remains the best chance of survival.   It is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74…

Cheaper Medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from October 1, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient. Medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy will now be…

Sunrise interview with David Koch

E&OE…                       Topics: Cheaper medicines for over 500,000 patients; Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme price reductions; expanding the expiry date of prescriptions.   DAVID KOCH: Now, changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will see more than half a million Aussie patients get cheaper medicines.   The plan, which comes into effect tomorrow, will cut the price of…

ABC Interview with Jon Faine

E&OE…                       Topics: New funding for childhood cancer; new medication for short bowel syndrome; new initiatives for regional healthcare access; children’s anxiety over climate change; Australia’s emissions; Plastics in the ocean; Vaping; ACT cannabis legislation, W.A assisted dying; Liberal Party spill books; Frydenberg, Liu court of disputed returns.   JON FAINE: Greg Hunt is the…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Inaugural Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness; Cannabis legalisation in the ACT   OWEN FINEGAN: Just obviously first going to welcome all the stakeholders on behalf of the Kids’ Cancer Project. It’s been a really exciting three or four years for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September and really excited about the announcement today…

Inaugural Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day

The Morrison Government has launched the annual Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day, along with an additional $7 million in research funding, to help support children and their families living with the devastating disease.   It is estimated around 100 children aged 0-14 years are diagnosed with brain cancer each year, and an estimated 36 children…

$6.6 million to find answers to important health questions

The Morrison Government is investing more than $6.6 million in four research projects that seek to answer important public health questions around melanoma detection in high-risk patients, the effectiveness of breast MRIs, the cost of chronic fatigue and mobile x-rays at residential aged care facilities.   These projects are funded under the Medical Research Future…

Steering Committee Established For National Preventive Health Strategy

The Morrison Government is progressing its 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy, with an Expert Steering Committee selected to inform the strategy’s development.   The Strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information and targeting modifiable risk factors, and the broader causes of poor health.  …

$33 Million for Research to Improve Health Care Now

The Morrison Government is investing more than $33 million for research into health care practices and interventions that will focus on people with, or at risk of developing chronic conditions.   The research will examine new and improved ways to help Australians adopt healthier lifestyles, and explore new models of coordinated care for those battling…