TGA approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said this welcomed news means Australia will now have two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available. “The approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the people of Cairns, Cape York…

Grant funding available for local organisations to increase awareness about organ and tissue donation

The Australian Government is providing up to $450,000 in Community Awareness Grants for community-based initiatives that encourage more Australians to say “yes” to organ and tissue donation. Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority Mark Coulton said Community Awareness Grants offer unique opportunities for local groups to help improve the chances of Australians receiving…

Cairns Men’s Shed

Mr ENTSCH: I recently had the honour of attending an event that was really a red-letter day for our Cairns Men’s Shed. I can now proudly say the funding has been delivered, the contract is well and truly signed and the shed is now owned by its members. Cairns Men’s Shed has come a long…

PBS support for Far North Queenslanders living with leukaemia

Patients living with one of Australia’s most common forms of leukaemia are set to benefit from expanded access to a breakthrough medicine through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. From 1 December, access to Venclexta® will be extended in combination with obinutuzumab for the first-line treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia who have co-existing conditions and…

Cairns University Hospital

Mr ENTSCH: I rise tonight to highlight a critical project in my electorate that is needed sooner rather than later. In January 2019, Prime Minister Morrison visited Cairns and announced $60 million towards the establishment of the Cairns University Hospital in partnership with James Cook University. The funding included $10 million to purchase the necessary land…