Codeine change will help save lives

Following the unanimous advice of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling in August 2015, an important change that will help save lives comes into effect today for medicines containing codeine. Codeine is an opioid drug that can cause opioid tolerance, dependence, toxicity and in high doses, death. Many people also develop severe health issues due…

New research project to help tackle chronic pain

The Turnbull Government is boosting its commitment to preventive health by providing $10 million for new research projects that focus on preventing disease and keeping people out of hospital.  These projects are the first investments under the Medical Research Future Fund in the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.  It’s part of the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented commitment…

Better support for asthma suffers

The Turnbull Government has today launched a new national strategy to help tackle asthma, while also providing an additional $1 million for an asthma support program in schools. One in ten Australians suffer from asthma and it is one of the most common chronic conditions among children. This is a significant health challenge for individuals…

Shorten’s plan would hurt 13 million Australians

Modelling by Deloitte shows that Labor’s plan to scrap lower-cost policies would result in a 16 per cent increase in private health insurance premiums for millions of Australians. That would make cover unaffordable for many individuals, families and pensioners. Labor has always hated private health insurance. In Government, Labor cut $4 billion from the rebate…

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…