Entries by Jerry Liu

PCPA Media release – Friday 8 July 2022

Asst Minister for Health and Aged Care joins a stellar line-up of speakers at Private Cancer Physicians of Australia’s annual Scientific Meeting

Media release: Embargoed until Friday July 08, 2022

#beyondandtogether #PCPA2022

Canberra: More than 200 cancer consultants and trainees, patient advocates and healthcare professionals from the private hospital and pharmaceutical sectors will come together for the first time in three years, for the much-anticipated Private Cancer Physicians of Australia’s (PCPA) Scientific Meeting and Medical Oncology and Haematology Advanced Trainee Conference in Melbourne on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, 2022.

The new Assistant Minister for Health and Aged […]

Telehealth phone call rebates must be permanently reinstated

A communique: Friday 17 June 2022

Earlier this year, Telehealth (MBS) rebates for phone calls with specialists was extended, by six months, to June 30, 2022.

Without permanent reinstatement, our most vulnerable Australians – those who are elderly, those with cancer and other chronic diseases such as arthritis, and those living in regional and rural areas – will bear the brunt of the axing of vital Medicare rebates for phone calls with their specialists.

As patient advocates, and the Specialists who care for them, we are calling on the new Government to protect these at-risk Australians and permanently […]

Election Manifesto

Election Manifesto coverDate: 24 March 2022

PCPA’s core mission is the delivery of the best treatment and advocacy for patients with cancer, regardless of where they might live, or what their socioeconomic circumstances. We strive, each day, to rid the scourge of cancer from our patients and provide comfort and support to them and their families.

We are acutely aware, and deeply concerned, at the overwhelming and often, unexpected financial costs that come with the diagnosis of cancer.

As cancer physicians providing high […]

Removing the financial toxicity from the cancer care journey

Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and Rare Cancers Australia call for a Cancer Care Patient Safety Net

Media release: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Canberra: A cancer diagnosis should not force any Australian to live under the poverty line.
The nation’s peak body of cancer specialists and the leading patient advocacy group have collaborated over a suite of measures, aimed at better protecting Australia’s most vulnerable patients from financial duress.

At the heart of the ‘Cancer Care, No Gaps’ proposal by the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and Rare Cancers Australia is a Cancer Care Patient Safety Net which is […]

At risk cancer patients to continue to access Telehealth rebates

Cancer physicians applaud Government’s reversal of Telehealth cuts

Media Release Sunday January 16, 2021

Canberra: Australian cancer patients will still be able to access vital Medicare rebates for phone calls with their specialists – at least for the next six months – after the Australian Government reversed an unexpected decision to axe the Telehealth item.

The nation’s peak body of cancer specialists had been strongly advocating for their patients to continue to access subsidised phone call consultations, especially at a time when the surge in COVID-19 posed a great risk to those Australians with compromised immunity.

The Telehealth reforms were […]

PCPA secures a reversal of MBS Telehealth cuts to phone consults

Date: 16th January 2021

Dear Members,

We are very pleased to inform you that after a very short but intense campaign of media and advocacy over Christmas, the PCPA was able to secure a reversal of the sudden cuts to Telehealth phone consults (item number 91835).

The item will be re-instated on Tuesday January 18 and backdated to January 01, 2022. There was a further addition of MBS rebates for specialist phone consults with in-patients. We will share the full list of MBS changes when it is available.

We will continue to advocate for the re-instatement of the 50% MBS […]

At-risk cancer patients to be hit hard by cuts to

Telehealth phone call rebates due on January 01, 2022

Media Release. Embargoed until: Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Australian Cancer patients be amongst those to bear the brunt of the axing of vital Medicare rebates for phone calls with their specialists. Those most negatively impacted will be elderly patients, regional and rural patients, those without stable internet, unable to manage video calls, and whom should not be venturing into hospitals and medical centres at a time of surging COVID-19.

The nation’s peak body of cancer specialists has expressed grave concerns about the potentially devasting consequences for some of Australia’s most vulnerable […]