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September 16

Victoria’s Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today released the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 – the latest four-year state-wide plan to drive down the harm caused by all cancers.

The plan seeks to boost HPV vaccinations to vulnerable groups of young people and improve vaccination and screening reminders in order to eliminate cervical cancer. Alongside this, the plan will encourage the use of cervical screening self-collection tests to reach women who may be reluctant to have a conventional examination by a health professional. For more details, read the Minister’s media release

September 14

National Digital Health Skills and Training Plan Released

The Federal Government has released a national digital health skills and training plan to help the health workforce use technology and further drive the digital transformation of health services to meet community demand. For more information, read the Minister’s media release

September 1

National Cervical Screening Program Survey

The Department of Health is seeking feedback on potential changes to the National Cervical Screening Program Policy. The review follows a recommendation in 2018 from the Standing Committee on Screening to change the self-collection policy, based on evidence showing equivalent sensitivity of PCR tests on self-collected vaginal swabs versus clinician-collected cervical sample. Read more about the changes and access the survey from the Federal Government’s consultation website 

August 31

New cancer treatment listed on the PBS

The Federal Government has announced that from September 1, Calquence® (acalabrutinib) will be listed on the PBS for the first time for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma. With the PBS subsidy, patients will now pay just $41 per script, or $6.60 with a concession card. Read the media release.

August 27

Funding for Primary Care Enhancement Program for people with intellectual disability

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) welcomes this week’s announcement from the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, that we are one of four PHNs in Australia sharing in a $5.75 million allocation to lead the development of the Primary Care Enhancement Program for people with an intellectual disability.  WVPHN will receive $1.437 million of the funding over four years. See Minister Hunt’s announcement

August 26

Primary Care Mental Health Hubs Coming to Western Victoria

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) welcomes news that two new mental health hubs will be set up in our region as part of the Federal Government’s $26.9 million commitment to creating 15 mental health response clinics in Victoria. Read more.