Life-saving SMA medicine to be made available to Australian babies

Access to a life-saving and life-changing medicine will soon be expanded for Australian children and infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).   From 1 December, subsidised access to the life-changing medicine Spinraza® (nusinersen) will be expanded on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It will include children and infants genetically diagnosed with the most severe types…

Better access to life changing medicines for liver cancer, eye conditions and Parkinson’s disease

Australians suffering from liver cancer, myopia and Parkinson’s disease will soon have new treatment options, with amended PBS listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) coming into effect.   Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Federal Government will provide over $230 million to expand the listing Tecentriq® and Avastin® (atezolizumab and bevacizumab) on…

Supporting a local breastfeeding support group

Lismore’s branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association run educational classes for new mothers. They are run by volunteers mothers in small, intimate groups.   Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan recently announced $3,240 to help the group with training costs.   “This is an important group in our community run by hardworking mothers,” Mr Hogan…

Supporting our Volunteers

Richmond Valley Volunteer Health Transport are a group of volunteers who assist patients travelling between medical appointments.   They are often supporting people who are experiencing mental health issues and are sometimes in crisis.   Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced $5,000 for the volunteers to undertake mental health first aid training.  …

New storage shed to support important mental health work

The Mental Health Support Group is a registered charity that provides practical support for people with mental health issues. They distribute donated white goods, bedding and furniture for those in need.    Due to increasing demand, they needed to build a new shed to store the donated furniture.    Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said he secured funding to make this happen.    “It is so important to support organisations who support…

Cheaper medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is avaliable for more than 500,000 patients, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said. “In some cases this will save over $100,000 per patient,” “Medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia, and nausea associated…

Bonalbo MPS now open

Residents in and around Bonalbo now have access to a state of the art health facility, with the official opening of the new Bonalbo Multi-Purpose Service. NSW Member for Lismore, Thomas George and Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, today officially opened the building which provides emergency and acute care and community health services, as…