Improve use of medicines and medical tests with $26 million in grants

Department of Health

Australians will benefit from better medicine use thanks to nearly $26 million in programs funded by the Albanese Government.

The Albanese Government is investing $25.9 million in 12 projects to deliver education programs for health professionals and consumers about the quality use of medicines and diagnostic technologies.

Grants include:

  • $1.05 million to the Australasian Sleep Association for a project about medicines used for insomnia and sleep health
  • More than $9.1 million to Medcast for an education program targeting health professionals investigating gout, atopic dermatitis, anti-depressants, and oral anticoagulants
  • More than $1.03 million to Lung Foundation Australia to help people live better with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Almost $350,000 for the Water Well project to improve the use of medicines in migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker communities.

The projects received funding through the new Health Professional Education Grant and the Consumer Health Literacy Grant opportunities under the Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology program.

This program contributes to Australia’s National Medicines Policy and the National Strategy for Quality Use of Medicines.

Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:

“Making sure all Australians have access to the latest medicines and medical tests is an Albanese Government priority.

“It’s also vitally important that we make the best use of medicines and diagnostic technologies available to ensure better health outcomes for more Australians.

“Funding of these projects will also help to reduce costs and improve the sustainability of our health system.”

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