Medical support from AUSMAT for bushfire evacuees

The Australian Government has, for the first time, deployed Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) specialists in a domestic setting to provide medical support to people evacuated from bushfire-affected communities.   The eight specialists – two doctors, two nurses, two paramedics and two logisticians – have been deployed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria to…

Earlier Access to cheaper medicines for 1.6 million Australians

The Morrison Government has delivered on its election commitment, significantly lowering the threshold for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Safety Net from 1 January 2020.   This means from today, more than 1.6 million concessional and general patients will get earlier access each year to free or significantly cheaper PBS medicines.   The PBS Safety…

New website to improve consumer understanding of medical costs

The Morrison Government has taken action to reduce the effects of ‘bill shock’ from unexpected out-of-pocket medical expenses.   A new Medical Costs Transparency website will – for the first time – show Australian patients typical out-of-pocket costs for common treatments and procedures in the private system.   Australian patients will be able to search…

Recognising community spirit through Volunteer Grants

The Morrison Government is backing volunteers across Australia and on the Mornington Peninsula through the $20 million Volunteer Grants program.   Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be available to help community organisations for a range of needs, including buying equipment, paying fuel costs, training volunteers or improving their fundraising.   Expressions of interest…

Local Schools Community Fund delivers for the Mornington Peninsula

Sixteen schools on the Mornington Peninsula will receive a share of $200,000 for improvement works thanks to the Morrison Government’s Local Schools Community Fund   Announced in the 2019 Budget, the $30.2 million Fund delivers $200,000 to each electorate around Australia to benefit and support local kids’ learning experience.   Federal Member for Flinders, the…

Building Stronger Communities on the Mornington Peninsula

Twenty community projects across the Mornington Peninsula will share a total of $150,000 of Federal grant funding thanks to the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.   The Programme delivers $150,000 to each of the 151 electorates across Australia to fund projects that will improve local community participation and contribute to more vibrant and viable communities.…

$13.5 million for new research to improve Indigenous health

Up to $13.5 million in health and medical research grants over three years is available for Indigenous-led projects to drive improvements in outcomes for four key health challenges.   The grants are part of the Morrison Government’s $160 million, 10-year investment in the Indigenous Health Research Fund from the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.…

The lowest private health insurance premium change in 19 years

The Morrison Government’s reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable have delivered the lowest annual premium change in 19 years. The average industry premium change for 2020, which will take effect on 1 April, will be 2.92 per cent, down approximately 50 per cent since Labor’s last year in office. This is…

$437 million to improve the health of all Australians

The Morrison Government is investing $437 million in ground-breaking health and medical research projects across Australia aimed at delivering better treatments, diagnosis and care.   A total of 495 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) following a competitive process.   Projects include $68 million for cancer research, $58…

Educating the nurse of the future

The Morrison Government welcomes the release of the Independent Review of Nursing Education—Educating the Nurse of the Future.   The Government commissioned the review to ensure nurses are adequately equipped to meet the needs of Australia’s future health system.   Nurses are the largest single health profession in Australia, and comprise more than 40 per…