Making $310 million of new vital drugs available for Australian patients

The Turnbull Government is continuing to subsidise more life-changing and life-saving drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) as part of our rock solid commitment to ensuring that Australians have access to vital medicines when they need them. New medicines worth $310 million have been added to the PBS today. Ivacaftor (Kalydeco®) is now available…

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on track with Carrara venue now open

The venue that will host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) opening and closing ceremonies is now complete, with the purpose-built $105 million Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara officially opened today. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the GC2018 venue would host the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics, badminton, wrestling…

Funding Boost for Local Mental Health Nursing Services

Local mental health nursing services will be boosted with the announcement today of an extra $2 million in Commonwealth funding. South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) – which covers the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port, Casey and Cardinia – will receive a total of $2.023 million to commission mental health nursing services to meet local…

Record federal funding for legal assistance sector

I welcome the Turnbull Government’s funding injection into legal assistance as part of the 2017-18 Budget. The $55.7 million Federal Government funding boost includes $39 million over the next three years to community legal centres. This additional funding to Community Legal Centres will be directed to frontline family law and family violence services such as…

New headspace centre for Whyalla

The Turnbull Government will establish a new headspace mental health service in Whyalla, South Australia to provide ongoing support to young people in the region. This service will provide a welcome boost to local mental health services, in an area previously identified as being of high need. Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said the…

Melbourne Doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Opening of Holmesglen Private Hospital; $5.9 million for prostate cancer nurses; Australian Olympic Committee; Budget GREG HUNT: I am delighted to be here today with Tim Wilson and Robert Cooke for the official opening of Holmesglen Private Hospital. This is a partnership between Healthscope and Holmesglen. It’s exactly what should be happening in…

Turnbull Government to deliver $6 million for prostate cancer nurses

The Turnbull Government is providing almost $6 million to continue support for prostate cancer specialist nurses in 15 locations across Australia, with a focus on regional areas. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting men, with over 16,000 Australians expected to be diagnosed this year and although it has a 95 per…

New campaign to encourage further childhood vaccination

The Turnbull Government is rolling out a new $5.5 million immunisation awareness campaign to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated. While Australia’s immunisation rates are already high, the Government wants all Australian children fully vaccinated before they start school. Research shows that when people are fully informed about the benefits of…