Expanded PBS access to breakthrough medicine for lung cancer

A significant lung cancer treatment option that costs approximately $88,000 a year will soon be available for as little as $6.60 per script, thanks to its expanded listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   From 1 January 2021, Australians living with non-small cell lung cancer who have not had prior therapy will benefit from…

$172.5 million funding top up to support Australian medical research

The Morrison Government is continuing its support for world leading medical research by contributing an additional $172.5 million to supplement the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in 2021-22.   The MRFF reached its $20 billion maturity in July 2020, however the historic low RBA cash rate has reduced the amount available through the MRFF to…

Preparing Australians for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

An important education campaign will be rolled out to inform Australians ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination program.   The vaccination roll-out will be a complex task and it will be important that people understand the process with the first vaccinations on track for early next year.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Mid-Year…

Turning the sod on Frankston Hospital’s new Academic Centre

Frankston’s National Centre for Healthy Ageing moved one step closer with the turning of the Sod for Frankston Hospital’s new Academic Centre.   The Morrison Government has invested $32 million into the National Centre for Healthy Ageing and the completed Academic Centre will house part of the National Centre.   Federal Member for Flinders, the…

$300 million for the improvement of health for all Australians

The Morrison Government is investing $300 million in ground-breaking health and medical research projects across Australia aimed at delivering better treatments, diagnosis and care.   Today’s announcement includes $260 million for 283 research projects through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants scheme.   Associate Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino will receive $1.1 million…

Helping small businesses on the Mornington Peninsula reduce their power bills

Small businesses across the Mornington Peninsula are getting support from the Morrison Government to cut energy costs, putting more money back in the pockets of local business owners as we recover from COVID-19. Through the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program, three small businesses on the Peninsula have been awarded $20,000 each for energy saving projects.…

$311 million for dementia, cancer and additional medical research

Eleven grant opportunities from the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), with a total value of almost $311 million, will launch today.   The funding aims to generate improved health care and outcomes by supporting health and medical research and innovation projects in key areas such as dementia, aged care, and applied research led…

Bulk billing rates at record high through COVID-19

Almost nine out of ten visits to the GP across Australia over the year to September were provided at no cost to the patient. For GP services, the bulk-billing rate for the 12 months to September 2020 was 88.7 per cent. This was 2.6 percentage points higher than over the previous year. In total, Medicare…

Major Mornington Peninsula projects ready for 2021

Major Morrison Government infrastructure projects on the Mornington Peninsula are scheduled to get underway in 2021, as confirmed by the Victorian Government. Improvements to the Forest Drive and Uralla Road intersections with the Nepean Highway in Mount Martha, as well as pedestrian upgrades on Frankston-Flinders Road in Balnarring will all begin construction in 2021. In…

Lights shine bright at Rosebud Beach Bowls

Lawn Bowlers in Rosebud will now be able to bowl well into the evening, thanks to the completed installation of lights at the Rosebud Beach Bowls Club. Funded by the Morrison Government and the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the project means that the main green at Rosebud Beach now has competition-grade lighting, meaning the club can…