$13.6 million to support the mental health of new and expectant parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the incidence and severity of perinatal depression and anxiety. Since March 2020, the number of new callers to the Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) helpline has doubled. 43% of all calls to the PANDA helpline come from Victoria. The Morrison Government is supporting expectant and new parents providing $13.6…

Joint media statement – Victorian restrictions

We welcome the continued and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases in Victoria which has enabled the Victorian Government’s announcement today of a further easing of restrictions. It has been a very challenging time for Victorians. We understand the ability to now travel up to 25 kilometres, spend more time outdoors, go to the hairdresser and…

$8.5 million to continue long-term women’s health study

The Morrison Government is funding the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), the nation’s largest health survey, for another three years. Partners in the ALSWH, the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle, will receive more than $8.58 million over the next three years. This funding boost complements the Australian Government’s commitment to…

Budget 2020-21: Record health and aged care investment under Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic plan

The Morrison Government is delivering a record $115.5 billion in 2020–21 and $467 billion over the forward estimates to deliver the essential health services Australians need under the Long Term National Health Plan. The 2020–21 Budget funds the Government’s ongoing health response under the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan, extending initial key COVID-19 health initiatives. It…

Arthurs Seat to benefit from transport infrastructure boost

The summit of Arthurs Seat will receive a safety boost, with $300,000 secured for pedestrian safety upgrades as part of the 2020/21 Budget. The latest funding injection builds on a series of statewide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which now total nearly $1.6 billion. Federal Member for Flinders, the…

Budget to deliver better access to life changing medicines for liver cancer, eye conditions and Parkinson’s disease

Australians suffering from liver cancer, myopia and Parkinson’s disease will soon have new treatment options, with amended PBS listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) coming into effect. In Tuesday’s budget, the Morrison Government will provide significant investment for new medicines including over $230 million to expand the listing Tecentriq® and Avastin® (atezolizumab and bevacizumab)…