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The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019



The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 NEWS 13 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA DRUGS for lung cancer, leukaemia, cholesterol, nerve pain and chemo-caused nausea will be drastically reduced under a half-billion dollar announcement from the Morrison Government this week. For accountant and mum Anita McGrath, who has been living with terminal lung cancer for five years, it means a better chance of being able to see her two boys finish school. Five medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia, and nausea associated with chemotherapy, will be slashed in price by as much as $100,000 when they are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). A price disclosure scheme, $500m drugs subsidies to help our sick MATTHEW KILLORAN which encourages competition between PBS listed drugs, will also force prices down on 15 medicines sold under 175 brand names. The combination treatment of Tecentriq and Avastin normally costs $11,400 per script, or $189,100 for the full course of 16 treatments, but its PBS listing will bring it down to $40.30 per script or $6.50 with a concession card. Ms McGrath has been battling terminal lung cancer since 2014 and said the listing meant more options and more time with her two boys, aged 11 and 15. It will buy me time to spend with my young boys and hopefully see them through the end of school, she said. She said she had tried non PBS listed treatments before, but had to stop because it was costing her $7500 a month. The stress that came with that far outweighed the stress that came with the cancer, Ms Grath said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said budget management allowed more drugs to be listed on the PBS faster. From (Tuesday), some of our most unwell Australians, many battling cancer, will receive a significant boost in the fight for their health, Mr Morrison said. Also to be listed are Besponsa and Blincyto, which are used to treat a specific type of leukaemia. They cost $44,500 and $74,000 per script respectively, but will be brought down to $40.30. Hitting crims like a Boulder TWO foreign nationals and three heavy haulage truck drivers have been arrested and charged with drug related offences during a cross border operation on the Barkly Highway last week. More than 2000 motorists were tested and searched for illicit substances and drugs as part of a cross border operation which ran from Wednesday to Sunday involving members from the Northern Territory Police Force and the Queensland Police Service. As part of Operation Boulder, a drug detection area was set up on the Barkly Highway near the Avon Downs Police Station and motorists were directed into the area by police for drug and alcohol testing and the searching of vehicles. Throughout the five day operation officers conducted 2235 breath tests, 72 roadside drug swipes and seized 160 litres of alcohol destined for alcohol protected areas. Acting Deputy Commissioner Narelle Beer said Operation Boulder was successful in removing dangerous drug affected drivers off the road and the seizure in both illicit substances and the secondary supply of alcohol to Alcohol Protected Areas. Operation Boulder saw 72 roadside drug swipes and 160 litres of alcohol destined for alcohol protected areas seized. Picture: SUPPLIED An angry parent acts a fool A STAFF member at Alice Springs Cinema has been left shaken after allegedly being verbally abused by a disgruntled parent after their child was refused entry to a film. The child failed to provide both the necessary and suitable identification to see a film with the classification MA15+ as legally required by the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts. We are here to provide an opportunity for entertainment and expect our staff to always be kind and helpful, however we are governed by laws set out by the Australian Classification Board, Ren Sutton, Operations Manager, Alice Springs Cinema said. This is not the first incident and we cant tolerate our staff being treated this way. It comes down to basic respect and good old fashioned treat others as you would like to be treated. VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL TO ENROL TODAY 08 8955 2366 alice.language@ntschools.net www.alicespringslanguagecentre.com Evening Language Classes All classes commence Tuesday 15 October Arrernte Beginners 5:30 7:00pm Arrernte Continuers 5:30 7:00pm German Beginners 5:30 7:30pm Spanish Level 4 5:30 7:30pm Italian Level 2 5:30 7:30pm Japanese Level 3 5:30 7:30pm Like learning to ride a bike Learning a second language will take you places $240 per term* *Arrernte Continuers $200 per term ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN SPACES ARE LIMITED, DONT MISS OUT Attend one of this years free Safety Seminars in Alice Springs and have industry experts provide information to help you improve safety in your workplace. Bullying and harrassment is everyones problem | presented by Catie Kirk Monday 7 October, 10am-12.15pm Managing heat stress | presented by Dr Matt Brearly Monday 7 October, 1pm-2.30pm What you need to know about workers compensation | presented by K. Barnaart Monday 7 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm Driving in the Central Australian Outback | presented by Jol Flemming Monday 7 October, 3.30pm-4.30pm Registration is required for these free events, for more information visit www.worksafe.nt.gov.au #safetychampion OCTOBER ANYONE CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY

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