Funding for essential health and mental health programmes
The Coalition Government will provide support for three essential health and mental health programmes that will benefit many people in the electorate of Parkes.
The Government will provide
The $39.5 million investment will mean the vaccine is added to the National Immunisation Program, guaranteeing its access, safety
Newborns cannot be vaccinated until six weeks of age and the most effective way to protect a baby against the disease is vaccination of the mother during pregnancy.
The free vaccine will be available from 1 July 2018 for all pregnant women.
The Government will also provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost its telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues.
Over 1 million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service.
This funding will mean the charity can answer more calls, helping them answer close to 100
The Federal Government has contributed more than $57 million since 2011-12 to Lifeline’s 13 11 14 telephone service.
The Coalition Government will provide $241 million to list a vital and life-saving medicine which treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), cutting the cost to patients by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
From 1 June this
This will be both life-saving and life-changing for hundreds of young patients and their families.
Patients would otherwise pay more than $367,850 a year for the medicine. This listing will now mean they only pay a maximum of $39.50 per script, with concessional patients paying just $6.40. This vital medicine will no longer be out of reach for patients.
SMA is an inherited genetic muscle wasting disease
The disease is the number one genetic cause of death of babies under two in Australia.
As large sections of the electorate of Parkes continue to experience dry conditions it is timely to remind those affected that the Federal Government has numerous forms of assistance in place.
Assistance is made available to farmers irrespective of the cause of hardship, drought
Since 2013, the Coalition Government has provided more than $1 billion in assistance measures to help farmers and communities in drought.
Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, we’ve made a range of social and business support measures available to help build resilience and capacity and to encourage better farmer preparedness to manage known risks.
This includes the Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme, Farm Household Allowance, Managing Farm Risk Programme, the Rural Financial Counselling Service
To ensure farmers receive the best possible advice and support to address their specific circumstances, it is important they do not self-assess, but instead seek advice from the Department of Human Services Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.
Since the Coalition Government launched the Farm Household Allowance, it has helped more than 7,900 recipients (as at 27 April 2018).
Through the Coalition’s concessional loan programmes, more than $824m in loans has been approved to 1,512 farm businesses (as at 31 March 2018). We will continue to support Australian farmers through the establishment of the Regional Investment Corporation, which will deliver a nationally-consistent loans programme.
Each year our RFCS assists around 4,500 clients to manage the tough times.