New school-based program to support children’s mental health

A new school-based mental health program that aims to give teachers the tools to help students manage their mental health will be launched today following a $98.6 million investment from the Morrison Government.   The program Be You will be delivered by beyondblue in partnership with headspace and Early Childhood Australia.   Minister for Health…

Medicine for rare disease made free on the Life Saving Drugs Program

From today, the Morrison Government will make a new medicine available for free for an extremely rare and potentially life-threatening disease, saving patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.   The new medicine Galafold® (migalastat) for the treatment of Fabry disease will be listed on the Life Saving Drugs Program, which provides free access…

Rubella officially eliminated from Australia

In a highly significant public health accomplishment for Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that Australia has eliminated rubella, a contagious viral illness that can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.   Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral illness that causes a fever, rash and swollen lymph glands.   If…

500km Walk for Autism begins

Today the Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP officially set off on his 500km walk around the electorate of Flinders to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings and the Light up Autism Foundation.   The Minister was joined by Members of the Abacus Learning Centre…

$500,000 Australian Government finding for Kindred Clubhouse

The Australian Government is providing $500,000 to help establish a local program to support people with moderate to severe mental illness in the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula area.   The Kindred Clubhouse program provides a drop-in centre and is particularly important for people who may be reluctant to access the more traditional, clinical, appointment-based services.   The…

Plan to tackle heart disease and stroke in Australia

The Morrison Government has provided funding to support the development of plan for heart disease and stroke, outline a better way to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions in Australia.   The National Heart Foundation of Australia has received $170,000 to develop a National Strategic Action Plan, with assistance from the National Stroke Foundation.  …

Major PBS listings to benefit lung cancer and cholesterol patients

Two major new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have the potential to extend the lives of Australians with advanced lung cancer and those at risk of a heart attack, saving patients almost $190,000 a year.   November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November patients with advanced lung cancer will have…

Lower Prices Coming for the Mornington Peninsula

Families and small businesses in Flinders will benefit from big savings under the Morrison Government’s new plan for affordable and reliable energy.   The Morrison Government will:   Stop the price gouging by the big energy companies by banning sneaky late payment penalties, requiring them to pass on savings in wholesale prices to customers, strengthening…