National action on Indigenous mental illness and suicide prevention

The Morrison Government is investing over $5.5 million in an approach that will help two of the nation’s leading mental health organisations reduce suicide rates and improve mental health outcomes for First Australians.   Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and this is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to shine a…

Clinical trials to combat reproductive cancers

The Morrison Government is investing up to $15 million in targeted clinical trials to improve treatments and discover cures for reproductive and gynaecological cancers such as ovarian, cervical and fallopian cancer.   An estimated 6,454 Australian women will be diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer this year, and 19,871 women will live their lives with these…

$32 million available to support vital translational health research

The Morrison Government is opening the door for Australian researchers through a $32 million investment that will support innovative solutions to the nation’s most pressing health issues.   Funded over two years through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the Investigator Grants will back projects and studies that deliver medical discoveries and ultimately save lives.…

Medicare bulk billing at record level

An increased number of Australians are attending General Practitioner (GP) appointments without reaching into their pockets, with GP bulk billing rates under Medicare hitting a record high of 86.2 per cent for the full year of 2018-19.   Since 2012-13, bulk billing rates have increased by four full percentage points from 82.2 per cent, and…

Funding boost to support Mornington Peninsula Veteran Community

Two community groups on the Mornington Peninsula will receive over $27,000 in funding thanks to the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program.   Cerberus Cottage at HMAS Cerberus will receive $1,900 to promote and run activity days and the New Peninsula Baptist Church in Mount Martha will receive $25,459 to upgrade and improve…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: National Action Plan for Blood Cancers, September PBS listings, seasonal flu vaccine; Tamil family   GREG HUNT: I’m joined this morning by Bill Petch, the CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation.   Today is the first of September, the first day of Spring, the day of new medicines listings and Father’s Day. So…

National Action Plan for Blood Cancers

The Morrison Government will establish an expert National Taskforce, and commission a National Action Plan to improve diagnosis, treatment and the understanding of blood cancers.   There are three major types of blood cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma that account for almost nine per cent of all cancers diagnosed and almost 10 per cent of…

$27 million for new medicines

The Morrison Government will invest $27 million to provide affordable access to three new medicine listings through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), helping Australians who are living with complications following stroke, those fighting cancer, and to support the enhanced response to the outbreak of syphilis in northern, central and southern Australia.   Three extended or…