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…

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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.  …

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Government taking action to support patients following nuclear medicine scan shortages

The Australian Government is working proactively to find solutions to support patients following an unexpected shortage of nuclear medicine scans in hospitals and medical centres.   An equipment failure, which occurred at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations’ (ANSTO) facility at Lucas Heights, means supplies of Technetium-99m (TC-99m) are limited.   I am advised…

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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…

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