Family Drug Online Support Service Launched

Families of people using ‘ice’ and other drugs will be able to access support anytime of the day and night through a new Family Drug Support Online service.  The service was launched this month by the Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie, on behalf of the Minister for Health and Federal Member…

Highest bulk-billing rate on record

New Medicare data shows a record amount of Australian patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to 85.8 per cent in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year.  This is the highest GP bulk-billing rate on record for the July to December period and it is nearly…

Campaign to target areas with low immunisation rates

The Turnbull Government will target parents across the country with a powerful message around the need to vaccinate their children, with a new campaign launching today. Areas of low vaccination rates in one, two and five year olds will be micro targeted in every state and territory under the second phase of the ‘Get the…

Medical research funding to accelerate action on endometriosis

The Turnbull Government will provide $2.5 million in medical research funding as part of the first-ever national approach to combat endometriosis. Medical research is a key element of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, which is focused on providing much needed support for women who face this often misunderstood medical condition.   It is estimated that…

Better maternity services for Australian women

Following extensive work by medical experts and industry stakeholders, the Turnbull Government has released new national medical guidelines for the care of pregnant women, while also detailing a new approach to maternity services.   The Clinical Practice Guidelines on Pregnancy Care provides evidence-based recommendations, reflecting the latest scientific evidence, for all health professionals caring for pregnant…

Daniel Andrews continues to short change the Mornington Peninsula

Funding information from the National Health Funding Body Administrator (NHFBA) has shown that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has slowed investment into healthcare on the Mornington Peninsula to a crawl. Information from the NHFBA shows that Victorian funding to Peninsula Health only increased by 14.1% between 2013-14 and 2016-17. Meanwhile, Commonwealth funding over the same period…

$50,000 Grants Available to Environment Groups in Flinders

Our local community, landcare, environment and other natural resource management groups can now apply for funding to help restore our local environment in Flinders, under the Coalition Government’s $5 million Environment Small Grants opportunity. The Government is providing the grants under Phase 2 of its National Landcare Program, to help communities deliver natural resource management…

Flinders residents urged to have say on aged care staffing

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, is urging interested local residents to have their say on the staffing of Aged Care homes in the Flinders region and across the nation, by participating in an online survey or by contributing to the current national review of the Aged Care workforce. “Everyone understands how…

$1.4 Billion rescued for Australians as part of fraud upheaval

Australian taxpayers have saved $1.4 billion through Government investigations of welfare fraud and non-compliance during the past 18 months. Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, said those who do commit fraud were taking money away from those in most need of assistance. “Australia has a generous social safety net reflective of our…