New opioid overdose tool added to PBS will save Australian lives

A new nasal spray form of naloxone – a life-saving antidote medicine used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation – will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on 1 November.   Up until now Naloxone was required to be injected to reverse the side effects of an overdose.   The…

Pharmacogenomics research funding to improve mental health care

The Morrison Government will invest $7 million for ground-breaking research into the use of pharmacogenomics to improve mental health treatment outcomes and help reduce suicide.   Mental illness is the leading cause of both disability and premature death in Australia, with an estimated one in five people experiencing a common mental disorder each year.  …

Breast cancer MRI added to Medicare

Women with or suspected of having breast cancer will be able to claim Medicare benefits for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, from 1 November 2019.   Approximately 14,000 patients each year, predominantly women, will benefit from these services.   Medicare rebates will be available for MRI scans for:   Diagnosis of breast cancer in patients…

New Medicare Support for Older Australians

Fewer aged care residents will have the expense and inconvenience of having to go to hospital for x-rays under changes to Medicare.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said, “For the first time, from 1 November 2019 a Medicare rebate will be available as a call-out fee for the provision of mobile skeletal x-ray services…

Telehealth changes improve remote Australians’ access to a doctor

Australians in some of the most remote parts of the country will soon have greater access to a doctor, with the Morrison Government investing $45.5 million in GP telehealth consultations.   Minister for Health Greg Hunt said, “From 1 November 2019, GPs will be able to conduct regular telehealth consultations with their patients in remote…

2020 Flinders Seniors Guide now available

Senior residents on the Mornington Peninsula will now have an easier way to find and contact local services, thanks to the Flinders 2020 Seniors Guide.   The Guide, delivered for free by the Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, provides the contact details for local emergency services, community groups, government services and…

PBS listings to save melanoma and multiple sclerosis patients up to $128,900 a year

Australians suffering from melanoma and multiple sclerosis will soon have new treatment options, with new and amended PBS listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) coming into effect on 1 November.   The Morrison Government will expand the current PBS listings of Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) and Mekinist® (trametinib) to include subsidy for post-surgery treatment for patients…

No room for complacency about polio

On 24 October, we mark World Polio Awareness Day, a reminder that polio is a devastating disease which could easily return if we are not vigilant.   Every Australian needs to understand how important it is to prevent a re-emergence of this debilitating disease.   Thanks to decades of diligent vaccination programs against polio, there…