The Australian Medical Association says that the Morrison Government’s changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule will leave patients “potentially out of pocket for hip, shoulder, hand, cardiac and other surgeries by thousands of dollars in some cases.”
Whether its record low wages growth, the aged care crisis, the housing crisis, the skills crisis or the lack of a credible plan to create secure jobs, the Morrison Government is using their eighth budget to pretend they care about the issues they have ignored over the past seven.
If you are celebrating with your mother today I would like to wish you a Happy Mothers’ Day!
I am lucky to still have my mum with me. At age 90 she is living independently, continues to drive herself around and still manages to volunteer regularly. I thank mum for raising me to have a similar outlook on life—to be resourceful, independent, resilient and to have a strong desire to volunteer, help others and do my part to make the world a better place.
Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day. Around 1,500 Australian women a year will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
A key message that Ovarian Cancer Australia is trying to convey is that it’s time to ‘ovary act’. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all women need to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms.
Visit the site below for a list of World Ovarian Cancer Day events in Australia.
May is Brain Cancer & Tumour Awareness Month, also known as Brain Cancer & Tumour Action Month. Several brain cancer and tumour charities and advocacy groups are urging people to ‘Go Grey in May’ for brain cancer and tumour awareness. This means wearing grey clothes or a grey awareness ribbon.
I survived two brain tumours in 2008 and am currently living with another (3rd) brain tumour. Going grey in May is a way to help raise awareness of the shocking outcomes for patients of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of just over 20%, kills more young Australians aged 18-40 than any other cancer and kills more Australian children then any other disease. It’s a little known fact that ‘benign’ brain tumours can also be life-threatening.
We have still have a long way to go towards understanding, treating and one day curing brain cancers and tumours. That’s why raising funds for community education, research and advocacy is vital.
For more information about brain cancers and tumours you can visit the websites of the following organisations:
Vaccination is one of the best defenses we have against COVID-19.Our world-leading Therapeutic Goods Administration would not have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccines for use in Australia if they did not meet rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness.