The QENDO App is Here

QENDO (Queensland Endo) has successfully launched their new QENDO App.

The app will help endometriosis sufferers to track, record, log and share their symptoms & triggers. This will help everyone gain a deeper understanding about the condition which affects 1 in 10 women.

To download the app visit;

IOS: apps.apple.com/Qendo

ANDROID: play.google.com/apps/Qendo

To find out more about the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, visit: health.gov.au/health-topics/endometriosis

Improving Health in the South West

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino has welcomed new and amended medicines listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), an extension to emergency dispensing measures to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other important health investments.

From 1 July the medicine Ozempic® (semaglutide) will be listed on the PBS as a new treatment option for type 2 diabetes.

In addition to this, the listing of Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) will be expanded and improved to include a new form and treatment regimen, to assist patients with small cell lung cancer.

The Government has also extended emergency measures for the dispensing of PBS medicines, to 30 September 2020.

“This expansion complements a number of recent Government funding commitments to the health sector, improving health outcomes in our South West,” Mrs Marino said.

“From 1 June 2020 South West residents with asthma and multiple myeloma have broader access to life-changing medicines as a result of expanded medicines listings on the PBS.

“This follows an earlier announcement in May for people with cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, that new and amended medicines listings are now available on the PBS.

“All new listings on the PBS are about improving health and saving lives.

“As an Endometriosis Australia Ambassador I’m pleased to see our Government continuing its strong support for women and girls with endometriosis, investing more than $9.5 million in five innovative research projects.

“The Government will also provide $13.6 million to support ten clinical trials to find innovative cancer treatments for melanoma, reproductive and gynaecological cancers and childhood brain cancer.”

Climate Solutions Fund Support For Forestry Jobs

The Australian Government is delivering on an election commitment to make it easier for plantation and farm forestry projects to generate carbon credits and access the $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund.

The Government has simplified access to carbon funding for forestry projects across five plantation growth regions, including our South West region.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Government is committed to supporting forestry jobs by enabling the sector to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

“Reducing red tape for projects located in the Regional Forestry Hubs will support regional jobs and investment” Minister Taylor said.

“This will make it easier for the private sector to invest in new Australian forestry projects, supporting jobs and reducing emissions.

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said now more than ever it is important that we are focused on creating jobs and supporting regional communities.

“These changes encourage investment in new forestry projects here in the South West.”

“It was in February 2019 that our South West was selected as one of four pilot Regional Forestry Hubs across Australia. The hubs are part of an ambitious plan to deliver a billion new trees across Australia by 2050”.

“Together, this means more trees in the ground and more jobs at a time when they are vital to kick starting our local economy, supporting the families and businesses that rely on forestry jobs as well as open up opportunities for further development in our region”.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Jonathon Duniam said we should be doing everything we can to create jobs and rebuild communities.

“The forestry industry has said for a long time that the previous regulations had been an impediment to plantation expansion,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

All ERF projects will continue to be required to meet relevant State Government rules and regulations.

The revised rules follow consultations with farm and plantation industries and other stakeholders, and are in line with recommendations in the Grant King Review.

Supporting the Environment and Jobs in the South West

The Australian Government today announced $7.8 million in temporary funding to support oil recycling facilities affected by COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the existing scheme has been highly successful with approximately 300 million litres of waste oil being collected and re-processed annually under strict licensing conditions and environmental approvals.

“This money will support an industry severely affected by COVID-19, with 50 per cent of Australia’s waste oil refineries having shut-down and industry estimates showing at least 25 per cent of waste oil is at risk of not being collected.”

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said today’s announcement has environmental and economic benefits.

“This package will ensure waste oil can continue to be properly collected, stored and refined which is good for our local environment as well as for jobs.”

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities, especially as we work our way out of the pandemic.”

Australia’s oil recyclers, including Wren Oil in Picton, collect and recycle used oil from mechanics, car dealerships, processing plants, freight, service stations and heavy industry.

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans said the Government’s oil product stewardship scheme supports 11 oil recycling facilities around Australia which employ 600 Australians and thousands of contractors.

“We will also bring forward a scheduled review of the scheme to ensure it remains viable and sustainable into the future, for the benefit of the industry and our environment.”

$1.5B Infrastructure Stimulas To Drive Recovery In The South West

A new $1.5 billion Australian Government infrastructure package will provide an injection into the economy and bring jobs back online to help stem the impact of COVID-19.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in the South West.

“Every single job that we support makes a huge difference in our local communities – now and as we navigate out of the pandemic,” Mrs Marino said.

“The project benefitting our South West will be the Stage 1 and 2 of the Bussell Highway Duplication.

“This project will construct second carriageway from Capel Bypass to Hutton (Stage 1), and Hutton Road to Sues Road (Stage 2). The Australian Government will contribute $68m of a total of $85m for this important road infrastructure.

“These types of infrastructure projects will be also particularly crucial for helping us bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis has ended by ensuring we have the safe transport connections needed for all Australians to keep moving.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new package would fund shovel-ready infrastructure projects that can support local jobs immediately.

“This funding will deliver critical infrastructure projects right across the country to help keep construction businesses running and people in jobs,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“$1 billion of this package will fund projects that can get underway now and over the next six months, to give an immediate boost to the economy and local jobs – right at the time we need it.

“We will work together with the states and territories to deliver these job-creating priority projects, building on our unprecedented cooperation to date through the National Cabinet of States and Territories.”

“The package also includes a $500 million Targeted Road Safety Works initiative for states and territories to deliver smaller but critical projects to improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks”.

“The Government has already announced $500 million for local governments to support projects such as road safety improvements, maintaining community infrastructure and increasing accessibility.”

“Now we are announcing a substantial funding injection for national infrastructure priorities such as the dualling of the Bussell Highway.”

“This is part of our $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline, which is laying the foundations of a financial bridge to recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.”

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the $1.5 billion package, combined with the additional funding to local governments, is expected to support up to 12,000 direct and indirect jobs by creating new local opportunities and securing existing positions.

“This package will support thousands of jobs across our national construction sector, which we know is facing many challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Tudge said.

“This includes local governments as well, who will receive funding to deliver targeted projects in their area.”

“These types of infrastructure projects will be particularly crucial for helping us bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis has ended by ensuring we have the safe transport connections needed for all of Australia to keep moving.”

“We will continue to work across governments and in partnership with industry to ensure the safety of all Australians while they deliver our pipeline of critical infrastructure projects.”