Morrison zeros in on health campaign focus

The PM will start Saturday with the Good Friday truce ending and the election battle reigniting.
The PM will start Saturday with the Good Friday truce ending and the election battle reigniting.

Scott Morrison is set to zero in on health, promising $165 million to help clinical trials in the country and a cure for cystic fibrosis.

The prime minister will start Saturday in Sydney with the Good Friday truce ending and the election battle reigniting.

Clinical trials for medicines and treatment in remote, rural and remote Australia will get $100 million if the coalition wins the May 18 poll.

The money will be delivered over five years from 2020/21 and come out of the Medical Research Future Fund.

"Rural patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses often have it twice as hard, spending much of their life on the road to get the treatment they need and deserve," Mr Morrison said.

"This funding brings the trials to them but it also means more time can be spent at home with loved ones."

The coalition is also promising a $65 million for a dedicated cystic fibrosis specialist unit at Sydney's Westmead Health and Education Precinct.

The unit will look for a cure and provide treatment with state-of-the-art equipment, research and diagnostic facilities.

"From the search for a cure, to the treatment and drugs that help fight cystic fibrosis my government is there every step of the way for Australians dealing with this sinister condition," Mr Morrison said.

Labor leader Bill Shorten and Mr Morrison agreed to down tools on Good Friday and will also refrain from campaigning on Easter Sunday.

Australian Associated Press