South West schools invited to share in new funding

New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across the South West with the Australian Government making up to $200,000 available in each federal electorate for projects to benefit local kids’ learning experience.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Local Schools Community Fund will offer grants between $1,000 and $20,000 to contribute to a variety of school projects and associated costs.
“The Fund will open for applications on 25 July 2019 and I’d encourage all schools in Forrest to think about what they could do with a share of the funds available,” Mrs Marino said.
“Schools may lodge one application for each of their campuses, so it’s important that the project identified delivers a real benefit for their local school community.
“I would like to see as many schools as possible share in the funds available.”
The Local Schools Community Fund is open to government, Independent and Catholic schools, but eligibility conditions will apply, and proposed projects will be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the Member for Forrest.
Projects could include small-scale extensions or classroom refurbishments, new computer facilities, mental health and counselling services, playground equipment, library resources, or sports facilities.
The Federal Government announced the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund in the 2019 Budget.
Applications will be through SchoolsHUB – https://schools.education.gov.au/. Schools may submit one application for up to $20,000 funding for each of their campuses. Applications open on 25 July 2019 and close on 30 September 2019 and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.

Government delivers protection for South West farmers

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the Morrison Government’s commitment to protect the privacy of South West farmers and primary producers by introducing legislation to protect them from the unlawful actions of animal activists.

The Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 introduces new offences for the incitement of trespass, property damage, or theft on agricultural land.

Mrs Marino said incidents of trespass by animal activists have impacted on South West farmers and their businesses, particularly in the Shire of Harvey, prompting stronger action to deter those who incite this behaviour.

“Prior to the election we promised these new laws as a priority and we are delivering them as a priority,” she said.

“They went into the Parliament in our first sitting week.

“These laws are necessary to protect farmers from potential property damage, theft and biosecurity breaches.”

Attorney General Christian Porter said farmers should not be subjected to the illegal invasion of their property and their privacy.

“There must be consequences for this unacceptable behaviour,” the Attorney-General said.

“The Bill introduces serious criminal penalties to ensure that farmers and their families are protected, with offenders facing up to five years’ imprisonment.

“The Bill includes exemptions for journalists and whistle-blowers who expose instances of animal cruelty.”

The Bill also covers other private agricultural businesses such as fishers and foresters.

Nola Marino takes on new role as Assistant Minister

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino says she is honoured to accept the role of Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories.

Mrs Marino said she was offered the role by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday.

“It is truly a great honour to be offered the role of Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories,” she said.

“As someone who lives and works in the South West of Western Australia I understand the needs of those who live in regional and rural areas.

“I look forward to assisting the Honourable Michael McCormack in his role as Minister for Regional Development.

“It was a privilege to serve as the first female Chief Government Whip in Australia.

“However I am looking forward to taking on my new role.

“I also would like to thank the people of Forrest for re-electing me as their local representative for the South West.”

Breast cancer and rare skin cancer medicines on the PBS

The Liberal National Government is improving the lives of patients in the South West with breast cancer and a rare skin cancer by subsidising innovative medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients up to $150,000 a year.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said in this year’s Budget our Government will invest $81.5 million to list the medicine Bavencio® (avelumab) on the PBS for the first time for the treatment of metastatic merkel cell carcinoma, a rare and highly aggressive type of skin cancer.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said it has the potential to save and prolong the lives of around 160 patients a year who expected to benefit from this listing.

“Without PBS subsidy patients in the South West would pay approximately $150,000 per year for this treatment,” Mrs Marino said.

“From May 1 this year it will be reduced to the PBS price of $40.30 per script, or $6.50 with a concession card.”

Mrs Marino said patients in the South West with breast cancer will benefit from an Australian Government decision to list Ibrance® (palbociclib) for the first time, on the PBS.

Mrs Marino said without PBS subsidy, patients would pay more than $55,000 a year for this treatment.

“Around 3,000 patients a year are expected to benefit from this listing,” Mrs Marino said.

“These patients will now be able to access this medicine for just $40.30 per script, or $6.50 with a concession card from May 1, 2019.”

“These treatments improve lives. They reduce the burden of expensive medicines, saving patients and families money.

“Our commitment to the PBS is rock solid. Together with Medicare, it is a foundation of our world-class health care system.

“Our plan for a strong economy continues to deliver record funding for essential health services that saves lives.”

$10 million funding boost for endometriosis research and awareness

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed more support for women with endometriosis with new Federal funding to raise awareness of the disease and research to improve the treatment and understanding of this often misunderstood and crippling condition.

Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls.

Mrs Marino said endometriosis often causes debilitating pain and organ damage, and can lead to mental health complications, social and economic stress and infertility.
“Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and twelve years on average,” she said.
“Patients have historically experienced poor clinical care, due to a low level of understanding of the condition, both amongst the public and the medical community.”

$9 million in Government funding will be allocated for research that leads to non-invasive diagnostic testing, and a better understanding of the causes and underlying factors that lead to the development and progression of the disease.

This research will pave the way for prevention and the development of a possible cure.

In addition, the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, will receive $1.06 million to develop a digital health platform for endometriosis research and support.

The platform will host a ‘one-stop shop’ providing information and resources, a treatment tool that will refine effective treatments for endometriosis based on patient feedback and a vehicle for promoting and supporting collaborative research.

EndoActive will also receive $160,000 to disseminate its award winning Shared Perspectives endometriosis videos, free of charge, to medical professionals and women affected by endometriosis.

Shared Perspectives is a resource of 25 evidence-based videos that help health professionals and patients to better understand the condition and provide guidance regarding effective methods of management and treatment.

The Liberal National Government is committed to supporting women living with endometriosis and this latest announcement brings the total funding to close to $15 million.