On Tuesday, 25 October 2022 the Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP (Treasurer of Australia) announced the Albanese Government’s October 2022-23 Federal Budget. In a media release, the Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, stated, “This is a Budget for the health of every Australian.”
As the national peak body for Australians living with a rare disease, Rare Voices Australia (RVA) attended the Department of Health and Aged Care’s Portfolio Briefing Webinar Presentation and Q&A with Minister Butler; the Hon Anika Wells MP (Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Sport); the Hon Ged Kearney MP (Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care); the Hon Emma McBride MP (Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health); and Senator the Hon Malarndirri McCarthy (Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians, Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health). The session was facilitated by Prof Brendan Murphy AC, Secretary of the Department of Health and Aged Care.
Click here to read RVA’s Full Statement where we have highlighted some areas of the Budget we believe are most relevant to Australians living with a rare disease and the rare disease sector.