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…

Funding secured for Phillip Island Vietnam Veterans Museum

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, is pleased to announce a significant $5 million investment by the Turnbull Government into the Phillip Island Vietnam Veterans Museum. The Museum has collected over 20,000 artefacts from the campaign, educated locals on an often forgotten war and provided a focal point for Vietnam Veterans across…

Protecting older Australians in aged care facilities

The Turnbull Government is taking further action to protect older Australians, with an investment of nearly $2 million going into research to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance in aged care facilities. Antibiotic resistance in Australia has meant some infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat, leaving healthcare professionals with limited, or in some rare…

Genomics Health Futures Mission expert advisory committee appointed

The Turnbull Government has appointed an expert advisory committee for the landmark Genomics Health Futures Mission led by of Professor Ian Frazer AC. The $500 million Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission is the centrepiece of the Government’s $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan announced in the 2018-19 Budget.     The 13–member Genomics…

Professor Anne Kelso reappointed NHMRC CEO

Highly distinguished and respected medical researcher Professor Anne Kelso AO has been reappointed as CEO of the Australian Government’s leading health and medical research agency for a further five years—until 2023. Professor Kelso was first appointed CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in April 2015 and has performed an outstanding role…

The truth on public hospital funding in Mackay

The Federal Coalition Government is delivering record funding to the Mackay Local Hospital Network, increasing by more than 30 per cent, at the same time the Queensland Labor Government cut their own funding by 2 per cent.  Today Labor’s Shadow Health Spokesperson Catherine King failed to condemn the Palaszczuk Government’s cut to Mackay’s public hospital…