One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

Starting this month, local consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Coalition Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) open for business. “This new one-stop shop will deliver free, fast and binding service for all financial complaints, whether they relate to banks, credit…

Healthy Minds program to support young Australians

A thousand adolescents across the country will participate in a trial designed to prevent and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and eating disorders.   The Morrison Government will provide $210,000 to the Healthy Minds Program to trial the mental health and wellbeing project in 10 high schools.   The Healthy Minds Program is an…

A stronger My Health Record

The Morrison Government will introduce further legislative amendments to ensure the safety and privacy of health information in the My Health Record system including provisions to protect people against domestic violence and tougher penalties for those that misuse the system.   We have examined the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry, we have listened to concerns…

New school-based program to support children’s mental health

A new school-based mental health program that aims to give teachers the tools to help students manage their mental health will be launched today following a $98.6 million investment from the Morrison Government.   The program Be You will be delivered by beyondblue in partnership with headspace and Early Childhood Australia.   Minister for Health…

Medicine for rare disease made free on the Life Saving Drugs Program

From today, the Morrison Government will make a new medicine available for free for an extremely rare and potentially life-threatening disease, saving patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.   The new medicine Galafold® (migalastat) for the treatment of Fabry disease will be listed on the Life Saving Drugs Program, which provides free access…

Rubella officially eliminated from Australia

In a highly significant public health accomplishment for Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has verified that Australia has eliminated rubella, a contagious viral illness that can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.   Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral illness that causes a fever, rash and swollen lymph glands.   If…

500km Walk for Autism begins

Today the Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP officially set off on his 500km walk around the electorate of Flinders to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings and the Light up Autism Foundation.   The Minister was joined by Members of the Abacus Learning Centre…

$500,000 Australian Government finding for Kindred Clubhouse

The Australian Government is providing $500,000 to help establish a local program to support people with moderate to severe mental illness in the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula area.   The Kindred Clubhouse program provides a drop-in centre and is particularly important for people who may be reluctant to access the more traditional, clinical, appointment-based services.   The…