Big Freeze: $2 million to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease

Investing in ground-breaking research and clinical trials to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an Australian Government priority. At the 2020 Cure4MND Foundation’s Big Freeze fundraising event, the Government announced a $2 million commitment to expand research opportunities to help find a cure for this devastating disease. This commitment builds on…

$13.6 million for reproductive, childhood brain and other cancer clinical trials

The Morrison Government will provide $13.6 million to support ten clinical trials to find innovative cancer treatments for melanoma, reproductive and gynaecological cancers and childhood brain cancer. Childhood brain cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in Australian children, with around 100 children diagnosed each year and an estimated 36 children dying from the…

$4 million investment in health projects for culturally diverse Australians

The Morrison Government is investing almost $4 million into a range of projects to improve health outcomes for some of the most culturally diverse Australians. The funding, to be provided through the National Women’s Health Strategy, National Men’s Strategy and the Child and Youth Health grants, will particularly assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,…

$29 million to tackle Nation’s biggest killers

The Morrison Government is investing more than $29 million in vital research initiatives to tackle the nation’s two biggest killers – heart disease and stroke.   This funding is the first round of disbursements from the Government’s 10 year, $220 million investment to boost research into heart disease and stroke through the Medical Research Future…

Remote travel restrictions lifted in Western Australia

Western Australia will join the Northern Territory in lifting biosecurity travel restrictionsacross remote communities on Friday, 5 June 2020.   The Australian Government has taken this action in response to a request by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Mental Health of Western Australia, The Hon. Roger Cook MLA, to lift the restrictions…

$3.5 million delivered for Mornington Peninsula Freeway upgrades

Motorists on the southern Mornington Peninsula are moving closer to the removal of one of the region’s most notorious bottlenecks, with $3.5 million in stage one funding delivered for upgrades to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway.   As part of a 2019 election commitment, the Australian Government has paid $3.5 million to date to the Victorian…

$66 million for coronavirus-related research

The Morrison Government is investing $66 million into finding a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19, as well as better preparing for future pandemics. This research will enable Australia’s world-class researchers to contribute to global efforts to control and eliminate the virus. The funding is available through the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), extending the…

$4.8 million boost for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

The Mornington Peninsula Shire will be provided with more than $4.8 million as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects, through local governments across Australia.   The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.   Federal…

Expanded PBS medicines listings to provide new treatment options for over 170,000 asthmatics, and new hope for blood cancer patients

Australians with asthma and multiple myeloma will have broader access to life changing medicines as a result of expanded medicines listings on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 June 2020. The listing of Symbicort® (containing budesonide and formoterol) will now be available at PBS prices for adolescent and adult patients with mild asthma. Symbicort will…

Four times as many people trying to quit smoking during COVID-19

Today, on World No Tobacco Day, I encourage all smokers to call the Quitline and download the My Quitbuddy app to help them quit. Smokers who do so will be in good company – between January and May this year, the My Quitbuddy app was downloaded more than 24,000 times, a staggering 310 per cent…