Landmark Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Listed

The Morrison Government will subsidise a life-changing cystic fibrosis medicine which significantly extends the lives of patients while saving families up to a quarter of a million dollars a year.   Orkambi® will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 October 2018 for all patients over the age of 6 years who…

Thousands benefit from ADHD and rheumatoid arthritis treatment

From today, the Morrison Government will make medicines that treat rheumatoid arthritis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cheaper, with new additions to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on September 1. Over 400,000 Australians suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that targets the lining of joints and causes inflammation and joint damage resulting…

The Life Saving Drugs Program to be improved

The Morrison Government is taking steps to improve access to lifesaving medicines for rare diseases by establishing an expert panel for the Life Saving Drugs Program.   I am delighted to announce that Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs will be appointed as chair of the LSDP Expert Panel.   Other members…

Statement

I am honoured and humbled to be sworn in today as Minister for Health in the Morrison Government. It is a role with immense responsibility, touching the lives of every Australian and I am delighted to continue my work which is improving the health of all Australians. The last week has been a challenging time…

Statement

Two great friends and two outstanding people have been elected as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. I have known both for many years and they possess all the qualities needed to lead our Party and our nation into the future. They represent the next generation of the Liberal leadership team and present…

Funding to improve lives of Australians with allergies

The Turnbull Government will invest more than half a million dollars in projects to improve the lives of Australians who live with allergies.   The funding will be used to back a range of projects identified as part a National Allergy Strategy, which was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and…

Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent

A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed.   The data for the 2017-18 financial year shows an increase of more than 5.7 million free services compared to last year, boosting the…

$30 million Safer Communities Fund applications now open

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has called on local councils and community organisations in Flinders to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund.   The Safer Communities Fund is an Australian Government commitment to keep Australians safe and secure by…

Investment in Queensland start-up to deliver new treatment options

The Turnbull Government will support a world-leading laboratory in Northern Australia to develop a new treatment for people who have inflammatory bowel disease.   Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic life-long autoimmune disease that affects about 85,000 Australians.   ParaGen Bio (PGB) Laboratories, based at James Cook University in Cairns, is a new immunology business…

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

The Turnbull Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian patients through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease.   A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research…