Record high Medicare bulk billing rate

More Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent, with new data showing a record GP bulk billing rate for the September quarter.   The data for the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year has the GP bulk billing rate at a record 86.1 per cent.   This is 0.2 per…

$110 million support for young Australians with severe mental illness

The Liberal National Government is providing $110 million so a number of headspace centres around the country can continue to provide specialist clinical services for young people at the early stages of severe mental illness.   Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said the two-year funding will go to continue the Early…

$110 million support for young Australians with severe mental illness

The Liberal National Government is providing $110 million so a number of headspace centres around the country can continue to provide specialist clinical services for young people at the early stages of severe mental illness.   The two-year funding will go to continue the Early Psychosis Youth Services (EPYS) program at 14 different headspace centres…

The lowest private health insurance premium change in 18 years

The Liberal National Government’s reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable have delivered the lowest annual premium change in 18 years. The average premium change for 2019, which will take effect on 1 April, will be 3.25 per cent, down over 40 per cent since Labor’s last year in office. This is the…

$185 million for dementia and ageing medical research

The Liberal National Government will support our older Australians and our ageing population with a $185 million medical research package focused on ageing, aged care and dementia. The 10-year Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is  funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and its focus will include: Dementia (diagnosis, treatment and prevention) Fall…

$500 million to boost primary care in 2018-19 MYEFO

The Liberal National Government has invested a further $512 million in strengthening primary care to support Australia’s doctors and specialists to deliver improved access and outcomes for patients.   $318 million will directly benefit GPs in their important role keeping people healthy and out of hospital, and in managing what can be challenging chronic conditions…

Mission’s fight against Brain Cancer strengthens

The Liberal National Government is providing $5 million from the Australian Brain Cancer Mission to two leading oncology groups to improve outcomes for children and adults with brain cancer through high-quality clinical trials.   The Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) and Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), will each receive $2.5…

$3 million for rare childhood brain disorders

The Liberal National Government is providing $3 million to close the loop from genetic diagnosis to clinical treatment for rare childhood brain disorders known as Leukodystrophies.   The research is being led by a consortium headed by Associate Professor Richard Leventer from the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital and Professor Ernst Wolvetang from the University of…

$1.25 billion to improve the health and care of Australian patients

The Liberal National Government will improve the health and care of patients across the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast, with a guaranteed $1.25 billion boost to health services.   Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said that this will provide more doctors, more nurses and more services in every state and territory.…