Health

October 2017

New drugs listed on PBS – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Health,

Health Minister Greg Hunt says subsidies and price reductions for more than 1,400 medications came into effect from October 1.

September 2017

Health Department head to retire – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Social and Community, Health,

Health Department secretary Martin Bowles has told the Government that he will leave the position on September 1.

GP bulk billing increases – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Health,

Health Minister Greg Hunt says that GP bulk billing rates for the 2016-17 financial year increased to 85.7 per cent compared to 85.1 per cent in 2015-16.

August 2017

Funding to monitor prescription drug abuse – August 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Health,

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Government will invest over $16 million to deliver the national roll-out of real-time prescription monitoring for medicines to directly address the needless loss of life from misuse of these drugs.

July 2017

New single complaints mechanism for pharmaceutical advertising – July 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Health,

The Health Department says the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is implementing new arrangements to simplify and improve the handling of complaints about the advertising of medicines and medical devices to the public.

June 2017

Productivity Commission warns on NDIS rollout plans – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Health, NDIS,

The Productivity Commission has described the rollout schedule of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as “highly ambitious” and warned that it is compromising the quality of care being offered.

May 2017

Budget 2017 – The big political sea change – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

The overwhelming public and media reaction to this week’s Budget has been one of surprise – and mostly, of relief. Headlines such as ‘reset” and ‘fresh start’ have predominated.

Commentators point to Budget ‘reset’ – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Opinion Polls, Social and Community,

The Budget has been widely interpreted as a turning point for the Coalition and a Prime Minister bedevilled by consistently poor opinion polls.

Shorten says, ‘That’s not fairness, this is fairness’ – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

Labor’s response to the Budget has maintained the theme of fairness, saying the Government’s revenue measures were simply aimed at improving the bottom line.

Health and Medicare – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

The Budget will raise $8.2 billion over the four year Forward Estimates by increasing the existing Medicare levy across all incomes.

March 2017

Senator seeks greater scrutiny of private health insurancee – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Health,

Heads of health insurance companies have been told they could be summoned to appear before a Senate inquiry over the latest round of premium price rises.

February 2017

Greens seek action on medical cannabis – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Health,

The Australian Greens have lodged a motion in the Senate aimed at stopping the Government’s proposed restrictions on medicinal cannabis.

Hinch calls for Therapeutic Goods Administration inquiry – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Health,

Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch is supporting calls for a Senate inquiry into mesh products for women suffering birth complications, that were approved for sale without scientific evidence of their safety.

Government should reduce medical research funding, says Leyonhjelm – February 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community,

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm (NSW) says that if Australia’s medical research community wants the politics to be removed from funding, they need to turn to private sources and stop being so greedy for taxpayers’ money.

November 2016

Government backs medical technology innovation – November 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Health, Trade and industry, Industry Policy,

The federal Government is investing $7.4 million over two years in dollar-matched, industry-led projects to boost competitiveness and productivity in the medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

October 2016

Parkinson carries reform torch – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Aged Care, Health,

The Government’s top policy adviser, the head of the Prime Minister’s Department Martin Parkinson, has identified the health and aged care sectors as the main areas the Government could target for sectoral reform.

Price reductions for some PBS medicines – October 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Health,

Health Minister Sussan Ley says millions of consumers are now able to access more affordable medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and can go online to check the savings they will make.

September 2016

National legal framework for medical cannabis – September 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Health,

The Federal Government has introduced legislation to ensure security and law and order is maintained as the Coalition moves towards allowing for the cultivation of a safe, legal and reliable local supply of cannabis for medicinal products.

‘Mutual recognition’ to speed availability of medicines – September 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Health,

Cancer patients could potentially have access to some new medicines two years earlier than at present under changes to the regulation of medicines and medical devices announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Lambie wins Senate support for veterans inquiry – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, Defence,

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has won Senate support for a motion to establish an independent inquiry and investigation into the performance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

August 2016

Greens call for action on Defence administration of malaria drugs

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Social and Community,

Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called on the Government to act on the recommendations of the recent Senate inquiry initiated by the Greens into veterans’ mental health.

July 2016

Human headline to continue on new platform - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Health,

Good news for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party ahead of the first sitting of the new Parliament.

Suicide reduction target set – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Health, Social Services,

A Labor government will target a 50 per cent reduction in suicides over the next 10 years, the ALP says in a policy statement.

Bulk billing incentives cut to be reversed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Health,

A Labor government will reverse the Coalition’s cuts to bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging, the party says.

June 2016

Coalition promises more understandable private health insurance – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Health,

Health Minister Sussan Ley says a re-elected Coalition Government will improve the value for money Australians receive from their private health insurance and ensure they can easily shop around for a more-affordable deal.

Labor promises more hospital funding, unfreezing GP rebate – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Health,

Labor has announced that it will make a major boost to hospital funding if it wins the July 2 election.

No real economic strategy from either major party – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Economy, Tax, Health,

At the halfway point on this eight-week campaign political static is overwhelming most significant policy – and political – debate.

Labor guarantees to protect Medicare – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Health,

The ALP says a Labor Government will give a three-part guarantee that will ensure Medicare is protected for future generations.

Greens propose Medicare changes – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Health,

Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants to expand Medicare to provide better treatment for people with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Labor’s Indigenous health policy – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Health, Indigenous Affairs,

ALP leader Bill Shorten says a Labor government after July 2 will make a major commitment to preventive health strategies for Indigenous Australians.

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