Thank Your Pharmacist Day 2023

The below story is from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia to acknowledge Thank Your Pharmacist Day 2023 As a consultant and GP pharmacist, Brooke Shelly MPS, based in the regional Victorian town of Mildura, offers a holistic healthcare service to patients. ‘I love the time I can afford patients as a consultant pharmacist, [however], the…

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Diabetics facing higher cost for life-changing Insulin

Mallee diabetics are being left facing higher costs with the removal of a life changing insulin from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. “Fiasp is an innovative mealtime insulin that improves blood sugar control in diabetes patients at a faster rate than other diabetes medications,” Dr Webster said.…

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Questions remain over Labor’s Superannuation changes

Farmers have a right to be concerned with the fallout from the Federal Labor Government’s Superannuation reform, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In the wake of Labor’s decision to levy a tax of 30 per cent on earnings from Superannuation funds with balances more than $3 million from 2025, there are fears this could…

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Westpac pauses regional bank closures

Westpac’s Robinvale Branch will remain open for now after the bank paused its regional closure program while it engages with an ongoing Senate Inquiry. Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster successfully advocated for the pause, which comes after continued pressure on the entire banking sector to halt regional closures. “This is great news for the…

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Moratorium needed on bank closures

Member for Mallee Anne Webster has called on the banking sector to place a moratorium on closures until recommendations of the Regional Banking Taskforce have been implemented in the wake of another Mallee bank branch closing down. Last week Westpac announced it would shut its Robinvale branch, following news late last year ANZ would do…

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Visa oversight costs regions

A visa oversight by the Federal Labor Government is exacerbating the regional healthcare workforce crisis. Thanks to a Ministerial Direction issued by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, skilled migrants across the healthcare and education sectors who apply to work in the regions are waiting more than two years for a Skilled – Regional visa (subclass 887)…

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Regional fixes need for healthcare

Pithy one liners by the Victorian Premier will not fix healthcare in regional Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. Ahead of Friday’s meeting of National Cabinet, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his New South Wales counterpart Dominic Perrottet have announced they will join forces to seek a national deal to overhaul…

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Saluting Their Service – Tarnagulla

Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster has congratulated the Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee of Management on their successful funding under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. The committee has been granted $5,132 to commission indoor and outdoor banners for display around Tarnagulla to commemorate local service personnel. “I am pleased this funding…

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Aged care reforms need examining

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health and Member for Mallee Anne Webster has called on the Government to examine its aged care reforms through a regional lens and abandon a cookie cutter approach to ensure the viability of smaller Aged Care centres. In Mallee, Dimboola’s Allambi Elderly Peoples Home has announced its closure due to…

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New portfolio for Dr Anne Webster – Member for Mallee

  Member for Mallee Anne Webster has been given the regional health portfolio and is now Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health. “I am so excited to able to focus on developing health policy for those who live in regional Australia. Healthcare is something I am incredibly passionate about because it affects every single Australian,”…

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Labor leaves Dunolly funding up in the air

The Federal Government needs to give the Dunolly community a clear answer on whether it will fund a much-needed upgrade to Deledio Reserve, Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says. Before the 2022 Federal election the Coalition had committed $3.6 million towards upgrading the reserve’s pavilion under the Community Development Grants Program. Labor scrapped…

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Regional lens needed on Aged Care reforms

Aged care reforms need a regional lens to view and maintain the viability of smaller facilities, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Following the announced closure of Dimboola’s Allambi Elderly People’s Home and after speaking to other smaller aged care facility CEO’s across the electorate, Dr Webster said the Federal Government needed to consult with…

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