Tag Archives: Greg Hunt

Pharmacists supply PBS medicines without prescriptions during bushfire crisis

A temporary expansion of PBS Continued Dispensing to cover nearly all PBS medicines will mean Australians affected by the bushfire crisis will be able to access their vital medicines at regular PBS prices if they find themselves without a prescription. Under the temporary change announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt, …

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Monash reigns after $76m funder storm

This week’s award of more than $76 million for Monash University to conduct vital research is more than any Australian university has ever received. The award, announced this week by Health Minister Greg Hunt, represents the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding in which more …

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Indigenous Australians get support for diabetes-related foot problems

The Government will invest $6 million over two years to fund the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diabetic Foot Complication Project. The project, announced this week by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, will see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or at risk of diabetes-related foot problems and amputations, …

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$4m boost in funding for osteoporosis plan

A national strategic action plan for osteoporosis is set to provide critical support to the 4.7 million Australians aged over 50 who live with poor bone health.   The plan, launched yesterday (October 17) in Canberra by Osteoporosis Australia and the federal government with Health Minister Greg Hunt, also supports a …

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Stillbirths reduction aim of Baby Bundle

A package of education and awareness measures designed to reduce rates of stillbirth will soon be available for health professionals and pregnant women across Australia. Hospitals in selected areas will receive the ‘Safer Baby Bundle’, developed principally by the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Stillbirth at the University of …

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Clampdown on repeat offenders

Antimicrobial stewardship took a step forward this week, with the PBAC recommending the removal of repeat options for antibiotic prescriptions. Targeting the prescribing of antibiotics at a general practitioner level is important because it’s where most antibiotics are prescribed – often with repeats not deemed therapeutically necessary. Research indicates that …

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Annual GP report highlights increase in health costs

The annual health check-up on general practice, titled General Practice: Health of the Nation has been revealed. Launched by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the report reveals the many areas in which the nation’s primary healthcare system continues to thrive. The report was presented by RACGP President …

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Hunt’s pledge to pharmacy

Health Minister Greg Hunt spoke candidly about the work pharmacists do on an everyday basis and the vision he has for community pharmacy in primary healthcare at the annual Pharmacy Guild of Australia Parliamentary dinner held in Canberra earlier this week.  While praising Lucy Walker, the 2017 Guild Pharmacist of …

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Symbion opens world-class distribution centre in Queensland

Symbion officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art $59 million distribution centre in Queensland this week. Incorporating the latest in automation technology, the Acacia Ridge facility operates with industry-leading accuracy and efficiency, ensuring Symbion can meet the needs of healthcare patients across Queensland well into the future. Symbion CEO Brett Barons said …

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Minister’s blunt response to AMA’s pharmacy ownership bid

The Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) suggestion that GPs be allowed to own pharmacies, appears to have been swiftly dismissed by Health Minster Greg Hunt. Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey, had already labelled the AMA move “a distraction”, saying that the AMA was trying to take the focus off …

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