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Mornington Peninsula Agricultural Shows can apply now for pandemic payment

Show societies and field day organisers on the Mornington Peninsula impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for a one-off payment under the Australian Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show or…

$9 million for research into cancer in children and young adults

The Morrison Government is providing $9 million to support research into the causes, biology and progression of cancer among children and young adults. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among Australian children. In the decade to 2015, nearly 1000 Australian children under the age of 15 died from cancer. Delays in diagnosing…

Australia’s first strategic action plan for blood cancers

As part of the 2020/21 Budget, the Morrison Government will provide more than $600,000 to the Leukaemia Foundation as part of Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. Blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are estimated to account for more than one in 10 cancer deaths in Australia this year. The number…

New treatment available free for Haemophilia A patients

I am pleased to announce all Australian governments have agreed to fund a new treatment for haemophilia patients, through our national blood arrangements. Hemlibra®, also known as emicizumab, will be made available to eligible patients free of charge through the National Blood Authority (NBA), which is jointly funded by the Australian Government and all states…

Australia now eligible to purchase Covid-19 vaccine doses through COVAX

The Australian Government has joined the COVAX facility, enabling the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine doses as they become available.   The COVAX facility provides access to a large portfolio of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and manufacturers across the world.   This agreement opens up additional supplies for Australia, from which we could access vaccines for up…

Further investment in three new COVID-19 vaccine research projects

The Morrison Government will invest almost $6 million in additional funding from the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Coronavirus Research Response to support research and development of three Australian COVID-19 vaccines.   The rapid development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a critical Australian Government priority.   Under the competitive, peer reviewed COVID-19 Vaccine…

French Island safe haven for native species

French Island will become a safe haven for hundreds of species of birds, marsupials and endangered native animals, thanks to an Environment Restoration Fund (ERF) investment in eradicating feral cats.   The Morrison Government will contribute $335,000 through the ERF to help establish the wildlife safe haven on French Island, 60 kilometres south east of…

$2 BILLION TO EXTEND CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Millions of Australians will continue to receive medical care and support in their own homes with the Morrison Government investing more than $2 billion to extend a range of COVID-19 health measures for a further six months, to 31 March 2021.   Medicare-subsidised telehealth and pathology services, GP-led respiratory clinics, home medicines delivery, public and…