More funding for Men’s Sheds across Australia

The Turnbull Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men. Men’s Sheds will receive grants totalling $395,000 under round 16 of the National Shed Development Programme to help them buy tools, maintain sheds and host community activities focused on men’s health…

Increased payments lock in record Commonwealth funding for hospitals

The Turnbull Government will make an increased payment of $547 million to the states and territories for public hospital activity in 2015-16, following the final reports by independent hospital pricing and funding agencies.  Commonwealth payments will now total $17.4 billion in 2015-16 and reflect the actual public hospital services delivered, after errors were found in…

Improved mobile coverage for Flinders under $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie have announced two new mobile phone towers in Flinders from the Priority Locations round of the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.  This announcement delivers on the Coalition’s commitment to address the coverage issues…

Labor’s latest attack on pensioners and private health insurance

Labor has revealed an alarming new plan to drastically increase private health insurance premiums for millions of pensioners and families, many on low incomes. Shadow Health Spokesperson Catherine King confirmed Labor’s plan to completely remove the private health insurance rebate on all low cost policies.  This plan will drive up the cost of premiums for…

Labor’s hidden plan to destroy private health insurance

Labor cut the private health insurance rebate when they were in government after guaranteeing they wouldn’t touch it.  Today on Sky News, Labor’s Shadow Health Spokesperson Catherine King continually refused to rule out cutting the rebate yet again.  This is on top of their current policy to drive up private health insurance premiums by 16…

Millions of Aussies benefit from medicine price drop

From today, the Turnbull Government will reduce the cost of more than 300 medicine brands by as much as 40 per cent, benefiting millions of Australian patients.   Australians with conditions including high blood pressure, depression, digestive disorders and certain types of cancer will now pay less for their medicines, every time they visit the pharmacy.…

Legislation to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable

Today I introduced legislation into Parliament to deliver a wide ranging package of reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable. We know that every dollar matters to Australian families and these reforms will get better value for families and make policies easier to understand. Already, our package of real reforms has delivered…

Cheaper medicine for thousands of Australian patients

The Turnbull Government will drastically reduce the cost of medicines to treat diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma and eye disease with new additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April 1.  The 11 new and expanded listings mean Australian patients will save hundreds, and in many cases thousands of dollars, paying a maximum of $39.50…

$2 million for medical research on epilepsy

The Turnbull Government will invest $2 million in new medical research to help find a cure for rare genetic epilepsy disorders.    I am pleased to make this announcement on Purple Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people of…

New medicine to help end the transmission of HIV

The Turnbull Government is taking a critical step in helping end the transmission of HIV infection in Australia with the 1 April listing of tenofovir with emtricitabine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS).  Known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the preventative medicine is for people at medium to high risk of HIV infection.  It puts Australia…