New treatment for lung and kidney cancer on PBS

From 1 August, more than 4500 Australians will benefit each year from the listing of a revolutionary new medicine for lung and renal cancer on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Nivolumab (sold as Opdivo®) is used to treat both locally advanced and metastatic stages of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and Stage IV clear cell…

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National approach to prescription drug misuse

The Turnbull Government will invest over $16 million to deliver the national roll-out of real time prescription monitoring for medicines to directly address the needless loss of life from misuse of these drugs. The Real Time Prescription Monitoring system will provide an instant alert to pharmacists and doctors if patients received multiple supplies of prescription-only…

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New drug to help over 200,000 Australians

The Turnbull Government has taken another significant step to eliminate hepatitis C from Australia by subsidising a new drug which can treat all forms of the disease with an expected success rate of 90%. The drug known as Epclusa® will be comfort for around 200,000 Australians who face many challenges of living with hepatitis C.…

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More youth mental health support

Young people seeking help to deal with the pressures of life will benefit from a $500,000 Turnbull Government investment in better online mental health support. ReachOut – the online mental health organisation for young people – has today unveiled a new digital platform that significantly expands its ability to help young people and their parents.…

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Support for patients battling rare cancer

The Turnbull Government is providing $280,000 to help support people diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours – a rare and often misdiagnosed cancer. The Unicorn Foundation will receive funding to help patients diagnosed with the condition, no matter where they live in Australia, to access information, either by phone or online, helping them understand the challenges and…

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ABC Melbourne – Interview with Jon Faine

E&OE… Topics: Four year parliamentary terms; same sex marriage; plebiscite JON FAINE: Greg Hunt is the Minister for Health in the Turnbull Coalition Government, the Member for Flinders, and someone who has previously publically spoken about the need for reform of exactly this kind. Greg Hunt, good morning to you. GREG HUNT: And good morning,…

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Health funding to protect Australians

The Turnbull Government is providing $27 million to strengthen the planning and response to a national health emergency, should one be triggered by bioterrorist attack or contagious disease outbreak. This funding will support the detection and identification of biological agents of security concern and high risk contagious diseases. The security and safety of every single…

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