Increasing access to GP services in Queensland flood-affected areas

As an emergency response, the Liberal National Government is providing greater access to GP services for Australians living in flood-affected communities throughout Queensland.   The Government will introduce eight new, time-limited Medicare items to allow GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners provide services via videoconference, until 30 June 2019.   People living in these communities already…

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$160 million for Indigenous health research

The Liberal National Government will provide $160 million for a national research initiative to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   The Indigenous Health Research Fund will be a 10-year research program funded from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).   It will support practical, innovative research into the best approaches…

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$268 million to continue the battle against alcohol and drug misuse

The Liberal National Government will provide $268 million to continue support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues. The funding over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 will be provided to Primary Health Networks (PHNs), providers of residential and non-residential withdrawal management and rehabilitation programs, alcohol and peak drug organisations and other national activities already…

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$220 million for research to tackle heart disease and stroke

The Liberal National Government is launching a comprehensive research effort to tackle the nation’s two biggest killers – heart disease and stroke – with an unprecedented $220 million for a 10-year Mission for Cardiovascular Health.   The funding, awarded under the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will support Australian researchers to make game-changing discoveries,…

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Mornington Peninsula families face $9000 hit under Labor’s electricity tax

Modelling released today has confirmed that Labor’s reckless emissions reduction target will be a wrecking-ball through the economy on the Mornington Peninsula.   The work, released by BAEconomics’s Managing Director Dr Brian Fisher, who served as a chief adviser on climate policy in the Hawke, Keating and Howard Governments, shows that Labor’s 45% Emissions Reduction…

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$200 million for cancer medicines on the PBS

The Liberal National Government is investing more than $200 million to list four new breakthrough cancer treatments on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients up to a quarter of a million dollars a year.   Almost 1,800 eligible patients with leukaemia, advanced kidney cancer, bladder cancer and liver cancer will have new and innovative…

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