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World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week 18-24 November 2023

During World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, remember that the incorrect use of antibiotics increases drug resistance in the bugs we are trying to kill.

New PBS listings for opiate dependency and chronic breathlessness

The Australian Government will invest over $40 million to provide affordable access to 2 new medicine listings through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This will help Australians with opiate addiction and those suffering breathlessness throughout their final stages of life.

Support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues

We are continuing to fund alcohol and drug treatment and support services and trial new initiatives so that help is available to those who need it.

Extra local drug action teams to tackle alcohol and drug problems

An important part of our National Ice Action Strategy, extra local drug action teams will be working with local communities to prevent and minimise alcohol and drug-related harm.

New drug and alcohol treatment facilities

New residential treatment facilities help people with alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November, Keytruda® will be listed on the PBS for first-line treatment of people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
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