Better support for patients with rare diseases

The Turnbull Government is improving Australia’s Life Saving Drugs Program to ensure patients with rare and life threatening diseases continue to get access to vital medicines. Patients will be better supported by a new process for listing drugs on the Program, which includes expanded criteria to consider medicines which both extend a patient’s life and…

Lowest private health insurance premium change in 17 years

The Turnbull Government’s reforms to take the pressure off private health insurance has today delivered the lowest annual premium change in almost two decades.  Health funds will have average weighted premium increases of 3.95 per cent from 1 April 2018.  This is the lowest since 2001 and lower than any year under the Rudd and…

Pharmacy trial to support patients with chronic pain

The Turnbull Government is providing $20 million to run a new trial program, through community pharmacies across Australia, which will support people suffering from on-going chronic pain.    Under the Pain MedsCheck trial pharmacists will assist patients who are taking medication to deal with on-going chronic pain of three or more months.    Through the…

$69 million boost for fight against rare cancers and rare diseases

The Turnbull Government is supporting Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers in their fight against rare cancers and rare diseases with a $69 million boost announced today. This funding includes more than $26 million for nineteen research projects as part of the landmark Medical Research Future Fund’s Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Needs Clinical…

Federal funding secured for Phillip Island health project

Bass Coast Health has received $30,000 to provide community education on the range of current services that are available to meet the needs of Phillip Island residents.  Federal Member for Flinders and Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP said this second Federally-funded project will provide information to community members about the results of the Gippsland…

More support for Australia’s world-class medical researchers

The Turnbull Government is today announcing new grant funding of almost $12 million to provide further support for Australia’s world-class medical researchers. I am delighted to visit the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to announce support for research that will offer new hope for people living with rare ataxia diseases. Ataxia is a rare and debilitating…

Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia

The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia. Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which helps to bring the community together to develop local…

$110 million additional investment in child and youth mental health

The Turnbull Government is continuing to build on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians. We know that around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year.  And people of all ages can be affected – either…

Make Giving the Gift of Life your New Year’s Resolution

All Australians are being asked to start 2018 by giving the gift of life, by discussing their organ and tissue donation wishes with family and friends and joining the Australian Organ Donor Register. Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, said almost anyone can become a registered donor. “I’m calling on all Australians to make…

$3 million to save lives in the water

The Turnbull Government will provide an additional $3 million to life saving clubs and other water safety organisations around Australia to help reduce drowning deaths and near-deaths.   A large part of the funding will go to the Government’s beach equipment program, to assist the approximately 310 surf lifesaving clubs around Australia.   This will…