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$10m in new funding for endometriosis

The Liberal National government will provide more support for women with endometriosis with new funding to raise awareness of the disease and research to improve the treatment and understanding of this often misunderstood and crippling condition. Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and …

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$40m plan to revive anti-smoking campaign

Cancer Council Australia has commended the federal Opposition for its $40 million commitment to revive Australia’s landmark National Tobacco Campaign, which could prevent more than 55,000 deaths and save at least $740 million in healthcare costs. Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda, said the Opposition’s $40 million plan would …

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Access to medicinal cannabis simplified

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has welcomed the Government’s decision to repeal the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016 to make it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis. Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey said the decision removes a key barrier and bureaucratic red tape …

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Inflammatory arthritis impacts sex

People living with inflammatory arthritis are more likely to experience higher levels of sexual dysfunction in their intimate relationships, new research led by Curtin University has found. The study’s lead author, Professor Andrew Briggs of the university’s School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, said arthritis already affected one in six …

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Guild’s budget breakdown

In the federal budget edition of Forefront, the Pharmacy Guild has welcomed confirmation that the government, if re-elected, will provide $245 million over five years to improve consumer access to medicines and support community pharmacies. The funding includes: $215 million over three years from 2020-21 to provide additional remuneration to …

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Aged care committee appointments

 The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has appointed three new members to the Aged Care Sector Committee (ACSC). Representing the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care on the ACSC will be Jody Currie, CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander …

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Health literacy overlooked

While welcoming key budget measures in health, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has called for more to be done on health literacy and increasing access to medicines. ASMI says preventive health, physical activity and healthy eating are key pillars of greater self care and, while greater investment and focus …

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Government commits to uncapped PBS

Medicines Australia (MA) welcomed the federal budget announcement of $331 million for the listings of innovative medicines on the PBS. This is reinforced by the government’s commitment to listing all positive recommendations made by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. “The Morrison government has recognised that medicines matter and confirmed their …

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