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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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$27 million for new medicines

The Morrison Government will invest $27 million to provide affordable access to three new medicine listings through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), helping Australians who are living with complications following stroke, those fighting cancer, and to support the enhanced response to the outbreak of syphilis in northern, central and southern Australia.   Three extended or…

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