$3 million for research into medicinal cannabis benefits

The Morrison Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients.   Since her own battle, Ms Olivia Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research, and through her personal experience and…

$8 million for ground-breaking clinical trials

The Morrison Government is investing $8 million in world-class clinical trials focusing on conditions affecting the heart, preterm baby lungs, the brain, infection control and dementia. Five Australian-led trials will receive funding from the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund International Clinical Trial Collaborations program. Researchers at the University of Western Australia will receive $1.8 million…

New grants available for swimming programs on the Mornington Peninsula

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP is encouraging local community groups to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to enjoy this great Aussie past-time.   Working in partnership with Swimming Australia, the Community Swimming Grants Program allows organisations the opportunity…

Progressing the long-term plan for stem cell research

The Morrison Government is pleased to announce the next step in the $150 million Stem Cell Therapies Mission, with the release of the draft Roadmap for public consultation, which will help guide this 10-year investment in medical research.   The Mission is an opportunity for world-class Australian researchers, to further investigate an area that presents…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins October 1

October 1 is the commencement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   It is yet another strong reminder to all Australian women they should put their health and well-being first.   Early detection remains the best chance of survival.   It is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74…

Cheaper Medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from October 1, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient. Medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy will now be…

Inaugural Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day

The Morrison Government has launched the annual Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day, along with an additional $7 million in research funding, to help support children and their families living with the devastating disease.   It is estimated around 100 children aged 0-14 years are diagnosed with brain cancer each year, and an estimated 36 children…

$6.6 million to find answers to important health questions

The Morrison Government is investing more than $6.6 million in four research projects that seek to answer important public health questions around melanoma detection in high-risk patients, the effectiveness of breast MRIs, the cost of chronic fatigue and mobile x-rays at residential aged care facilities.   These projects are funded under the Medical Research Future…