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…

Turnbull Government to allow medicinal cannabis exports

In an important step for the development of the medicinal cannabis sector and to secure long-term supplies for Australian patients, the Federal Government will permit the export of medicinal cannabis products.  This follows extensive consultation that was undertaken last year. Our top priority is to ensure a safe quality supply of medicinal cannabis for Australian…

Expert committee to consider out-of-pocket medical costs

The Turnbull Government will work with the medical profession to address the large and sometimes unanticipated out-of-pocket medical fees some patients face.  A new expert committee chaired by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, will investigate out-of-pocket costs and options to ensure that consumers are better informed of fees before agreeing to treatment.…

More than $300 million for new life-changing medicines

Around 800 Australians each year suffering from lung cancer and relapsed refractory multiple myeloma will benefit from affordable access to new medicines from 1 January 2018. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells. This can prevent healthy plasma cells from working the way they should, making the bones weaker and leading to the spread…

Interview with Charles Croucher – Weekend Today

E&OE…                        Topics: Affordable access to new life-changing cancer medicines CHARLES CROUCHER: The Federal Government has announced it’ll invest more than $300 million in a bid to make life-saving cancer drugs more affordable.  We’re joined now by Health Minister Greg Hunt to explain. Minister, good…

Interview with Alex Hart – Weekend Sunrise

E&OE…                        Topics: Affordable access to new life-changing cancer medicines ALEX HART: The Federal Government has revealed revolutionary new cancer medication will be made available to hundreds of Australians in the New Year.  Health Minister Greg Hunt joins us for more on this announcement. Minister,…