Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…              Topics; The listing of new medicines on the PBS for Australian patients  GREG HUNT: Look, thank you everybody for joining us today at this magnificent Monash Health Centre.  This centre is about saving lives and protecting lives and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is about saving lives and protecting…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA

E&OE…                        Topics: More medicines added to the PBS; Newspoll; by-elections; company tax cuts; reducing medical costs LEON BYNER: Greg, good morning and thanks for joining us.  GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.  LEON BYNER: Tell us about this COPD treatment. GREG HUNT: So, COPD is…

New medicine to improve the lives of more than half a million Aussies

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are set for a boost with the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.   COPD is a progressive disease which causes shortness of breath, coughing and excess mucus production. Patients describe their daily battle as…

Funding to combat Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 and emerging communicable diseases in remote communities

The Turnbull Government will provide $8 million to form a taskforce, in collaboration with the states and territories, to combat emerging communicable diseases in remote communities including Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 (HTLV-1). Led by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, the taskforce will bring together Aboriginal communities, relevant health providers, researchers, clinicians and…

Interview with Bridget Brennan – ABC Radio AM

E&OE…                        Topics: Announcement of a taskforce to tackle HTLV-1in remote communities.  SABRA LANE: As AM reported last month, the blood-borne virus HTLV-1 has been found at astonishingly high rates in Aboriginal communities. There’s been a groundswell of global interest and advocacy since then to…

Supporting better mental health for all Australians

The 2018–19 Budget is guaranteeing the essential health services that Australians rely on, with a $12.4 billion increase in the Health Budget and a $414.5 billion investment in health, aged care and sport.  As part of this record funding, the Turnbull Government will deliver an increase of $338.1 million in mental health funding, with a…

Shorten rolls out a truckload of lies in Longman

Residents in Longman should be alert to Bill Shorten’s deliberate and desperate campaign to scare patients with blatant lies on health funding.  In stark contrast in Longman, the Turnbull Government is delivering: • Record funding to the Metro North Hospital Network, including a 53 per cent increase to local hospitals compared to Labor – including…

Entrepreneurship facilitators to help older Australians work for themselves

The Turnbull Government’s 2018–19 Budget includes the More Choices for a Longer Life package, which invests in a range of jobs and skills measures, including help for older Australians to explore self-employment. The $189.7 million package includes $17.7 million for an expansion of the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to 20 additional locations to promote self-employment among…

Funding announced for action plan on macular disease

The Turnbull Government will provide funding for the development of a national action plan to better support patients with macular disease, the leading cause of vision loss among older Australians. During Macular Degeneration Awareness Week I am pleased to announce that the Macular Disease Foundation Australia will receive $150,000 for the development of a National…