The Turnbull Government is investing over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease.
One of the most important challenges we face, one of our commitments is to do everything we can to eliminate childhood cancer.
I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Mr President Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to Australia.
The relationship between our two nations has grown significantly since diplomatic relations were established in 2009.
President Issoufou’s visit to Australia provides an opportunity to build upon our growing bilateral engagement with Niger. This is supported by our areas of common interest including in mining, energy and dryland agriculture.
You’ve got the technology, the passion, the commitment, 21st century services to deal with this challenge of mental health.
I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Mr Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, to Australia from the 15th to the 17th of October.
Australia strongly values its close relationship with Ireland. Australia and Ireland recently celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations.
Our two countries share deep historical and people-to-people links and the Irish have contributed immeasurably to modern day Australia. Today nearly 2.4 million Australians claim Irish ancestry.
We are also announcing today over $202 million in funding, over and above the $5 million going to CanTeen, to support our world-leading medical researchers
More than 920 Australians each year will benefit from affordable access to a new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients.
This is the great vaccine that protects people from the HPV, the Human Papillomavirus which is the cause of cervical cancer and indeed some other cancers.
It is one of 1,500 new drugs costing in total $7.5 billion that we brought on to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since we came into office.
So it is great to be here on World Mental Health Day with Solider On here with its CEO and founder John Bale.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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