Tag Archives: Government

Big healthcare reforms needed

The winner of next month’s federal election must have the courage to lead reforms to the health system to keep it effective, efficient and affordable, says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) CEO Alison Verhoeven. “Simply throwing new money at old problems will be doing current and future generations of …

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Vaccination age lowered 

  The minimum age for pharmacist-administered vaccination in Queensland has been  lowered to 16 years. “Allowing trained pharmacists to administer vaccines will significantly increase the immunisation rates within the community and reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Queensland Acting President Chris Campbell said. “The administration …

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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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Tackling rural syphilis

The Morrison government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia. Syphilis is preventable and treatable, but without treatment can be deadly. In order to provide treatment, the government has begun rolling out phase 3 …

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Government grants genomics

The future of individually personalised medicines has received a significant boost with the Government’s announcement of $65 million to fund genomics research. Announcing the funding, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the money will be channeled into competitive research grants for Australia’s best and brightest researchers to unlock the power of …

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Government’s hearty aid

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced funding of $220 million to help tackle heart disease and stroke. The funds, awarded under the government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will be invested in a 10-year ‘Mission for cardiovascular health’ and support Australian researchers to make fresh discoveries, develop a global …

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Is Australia health-smart?

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has called for a national check on health literacy. In submitting its pre-budget submission to the Federal Government, the ASMI called for greater investment in self-care, the elevation of health literacy to a national priority and incentives to increase access to medicines. ASMI is …

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