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Budget breakdowns

Organ and Tissue Donation

Despite programs to encourage more donors there has been a decline in the rate of organ donations over the past two years according to ShareLife.

The Australian Government hope to improve organ and tissue donation rates by providing $10.2 million over the next two years. The funding will go towards delivering clinical education to hospitals, developing a new Australian Organ Matching System and enhancing the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Currently around 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any time. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.

The Government will also continue to provide minimum wage for up to nine week to employers of people who have taken leave to donate organs as part of the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme. The aim of the Programme is to help alleviate the financial stress that can be experienced by living organ donors by reimbursing employers for payments or leave credits provided to their employees for leave taken to donate an organ and recover from the procedure. The Government announced that the Programme will continue for the next two years.

Tropical health

The Government will provide $15.3 million over four years to invest in research into exotic disease threats to Australia and the region.

The National Health and Medical Research Council will receive 6.8 million to support research into tropical diseases, build collaboration and capacity in the health and medical research workforce, and promote the translation of this research into health policy and practice.

The Government will also provide $8.5 million to establish an Australian Tropical medicine Commercialisation grants program to support Australian researchers to commercialise therapeutics and diagnostics in tropical medicine.

National Drugs Campaign

The Government will provide $20 million over two years to renew the National Drugs Campaign. The Campaign aims to reduce young Australians’ motivation to use illicit drugs by increasing their knowledge about the potential negative consequences of drug use. It is a media campaign to promote the avoidance and cessation of illicit drug use.

The campaign will focus on raising awareness to young people and their parents about the harm caused by illicit drug use, in particular methamphetamine also known as ice.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Government has committed additional funding to support the Royal Flying Doctors Service to deliver emergency and primary health care services to people in rural and remote communities of Australia.

The Service will receive an extra $20 million as part of the Government’s commitment to rural and remote communities.

Kirsty Waterford