Record high Medicare bulk billing rate on the Gold Coast

More Gold Coast residents are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent, with new data showing a record GP bulk billing rate for the September quarter 2018. Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews said the data for the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year has the GP bulk billing rate at a record 838,489. “This is up from…

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Strengthening mental health services and job security on the Gold Coast

The Liberal National Government will provide a record $1.45 billion for community mental health services and change the funding model to ensure security for both jobs and services. Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews welcomed the announcement, and said the funding will be provided through the Government’s innovative 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs).  “PHN’s were setup as an independent regional health…

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Australians set to benefit from new physical activity grants

Local MP, Karen Andrews is calling on sport and physical activity providers on the Gold Coast to apply for funding under a national $28.9 million program aimed at encouraging Australians to get more active. The Liberal Nationals Sport Participation Grants program was launched today by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, enabling national sporting organisations, national sporting organisations for people with a…

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Test lab pilot program prepares for revolution

A new program designed to prepare businesses for the fourth industrial revolution will take place in six selected Australian universities. The University of Queensland, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology have been chosen to participate in the pilot program. These institutions join the University of Tasmania,…

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Science and Industry combine for a dream come true

Sleep apnoea sufferers are one step closer to a good night’s rest thanks to the combined efforts of industry, the Liberal National Government and CSIRO. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Queensland medical device company Oventus had worked with CSIRO to produce a breakthrough sleeping aid to deal with the problem.   “This is a world first product that…

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grants strengthen industry and boost job creation

A tool aiming to improve surgical accuracy for cancer patients is among 19 projects to receive over $40 million in funding from the Liberal National Government, under the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the sixth CRC Projects selection round demonstrates the benefits of strong industry research partnerships.  “The Coalition is committed to supporting…

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New phase for innovation and science in Australia

The Morrison Government has today announced a new Board Chair and five Board members for Australia’s peak innovation advisory body.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the appointment of Mr Andrew Stevens as incoming Chair will provide a renewed focus for Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) in 2019. “Mr Stevens brings a wealth of experience to the ISA…

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Supporting a competitive new car retailing sector

The Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring Australian car dealers are given a fair go, and consumers have access to a wide range of vehicles that meet their needs, with a public consultation opening today.  The Regulation Impact Statement has been released for consultation on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Consultation Hub.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

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Technology to drive productivity and wage growth

Embracing digital technologies will drive Australia’s productivity growth to boost wages and living standards, according to a report released today by the Office of the Chief Economist. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the findings of Industry Insights 3/2018 — Future Productivity reveal how digital technologies are bringing benefits to the Australian economy through increased productivity. “The…

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Setting the agenda for Australia’s tech future

A new Government strategy will help develop the nation’s digital skills, outline how businesses can save time and money and deliver better services for consumers, ensuring every Australian can share in the benefits of technology. Unveiled today by the Liberal National Government, Australia’s Tech Future details how Australians can work together to deliver a strong, safe and inclusive economy, boosted…

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