Category: Minister for Health

Protecting Victorian Women Through Assisted Reproduction

The Andrews Labor Government will review Victoria’s assisted reproductive services for the first time in a decade, and strengthen current laws to provide more safeguards and support to women accessing these services. The review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act will ensure women and families using assisted reproduction are supported through their entire treatment, and […]

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Chemo Free Cancer Treatment Thanks To Victorian Research

World leading Victorian medical researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new drug that will change how we treat blood cancers into the future and around the globe. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital today to announce the results of two clinical trials into venetoclax – the […]

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Fighting Low Survival Cancers

The Andrews Labor Government will help Victoria’s leading cancer experts uncover the next generation of breakthroughs in fighting low survival cancers. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced $1.5 million from the Labor Government and $1 million from Cancer Council Victoria to support eight new research projects that focus on cancers with poor survival outcomes. […]

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PrEP Listing To Protect More Victorians From HIV

The Andrews Labor Government has today welcomed the long-overdue listing of the life-changing HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis – or PrEP – on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the PBS listing would significantly improve access to the drug by making it more affordable, and help Victoria reach its goal of […]

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New $12 Million Blitz To Fast-Track Colonoscopies

Victorian patients in urgent need of colonoscopies will receive them sooner following a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced a $12 million injection into Victorian hospitals to fast-track access and cut waiting times for colonoscopy procedures. The colonoscopy blitz will provide colonoscopies for 6,635 of the patients […]

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Top Honours For Victoria’s Rising Medical Researchers

Five of Victoria’s most talented health and medical researchers have received top honours for their pioneering breakthroughs that are improving care and changing lives. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy last night presented the prestigious 2018 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research at Deakin Edge. The awards honour the outstanding work and discoveries of up-and-coming […]

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World’s Experts Help Guide Voluntary Assisted Dying

Victoria will partner with world-leading experts in cancer and end-of-life care in Seattle to support the implementation of Victoria’s historic voluntary assisted dying laws. As part of a visit to the USA, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the new partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Last November, Victoria became the first state […]

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Better Mental Health Care For Patients In Geelong

More people in Geelong with acute mental illness will have better access to the intensive care services they need thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today announced $6.8 million for two projects to revitalise mental health services at Barwon Health. […]

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Respecting Victorians’ End-Of-Life Wishes

Victorians now have greater powers to set legally-binding plans about future medical treatment preferences and end-of-life care, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s historic laws coming into force last week. The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 has enshrined advance care directives in law for the first time in Victoria, delivering on a key […]

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Victoria Joins Forces With Boston’s Healthcare Leaders

Victorian medical researchers and healthcare professionals will partner with world-leading experts in cancer and paediatric health in Boston to improve access to the latest medical breakthroughs for Victorian patients. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today advanced two historic partnership agreements with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Boston Children’s Hospital. This builds on the existing […]

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