World Tuberculosis Day

MR ENTSCH: It is a tragic fact that, although tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease, 10 million people on this planet develop it every year, of whom about 1.6 million die. TB is a disease that most people thought was a thing of the past and is isolated to small pockets in some more…

Cairns to receive Medicare-eligible MRI license

Far North Queenslanders will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with the federal government announcing a new MRI licence for Cairns Radiology. This MRI licence will benefit patients through a Medicare rebate and provide an estimated 3,354 services a year – saving lives and reducing the…

Federal government to fund new Community Health and Hospitals Programs across Far North Queensland

The federal government will improve the health and care of patients in Far North Queensland with a guaranteed $1.25 billion boost to health services. Under the program the government will partner with local community providers, health and hospital services and research institutions, such as James Cook University and CQUniversity, to provide additional funding in four…

FNQ facilities urged to apply for new MRI licences

A competitive public application process has been opened to determine the location for 20 Medicare eligible MRI licences. The federal government has already announced ten locations to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs from 1 November 2018, subject to the sites meeting the required approvals and administrative requirements. A total of 30 sites are set to receive…

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

MR ENTSCH: Last week the Parliamentary Friends of Prostate Cancer Awareness held its annual luncheon here at Parliament House. It was fantastic to see so many people attend and the bipartisan support for this important cause. Prostate cancer doesn’t discriminate. It is the most common cancer amongst Australian men, with 20,000 cases diagnosed each year. More…