Additional support for people with severe mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government is providing an additional $2.6 million to assist Victorians with severe mental illness whose access to psychosocial supports has been impacted by COVID-19.   This funding will provide support to a vulnerable group of people, ensuring that they receive assistance in accessing day to day support, and in accessing more extensive support…

Further mental health support for Victorians during COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government is providing an additional $12 million to ensure people in Victoria can access 24/7 mental health support through digital and telephone counselling services during this difficult time.   Our Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on individuals and communities, particularly those in Victoria, where regrettable but necessary…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: New mental health support package; Aged care patients and workers in Australia; National database agreement; St Basils reopening; Mystery cases in Vic; Vic MPs returning to Parliament.   GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everybody for joining us today.   This is a day when so many Victorians will be feeling…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Natalie Barr

E&OE…                       Topics: Reported estimated cases numbers in Victoria; Food distribution; QLD border closure; False details for the COVID-Safe register in NSW.   NATALIE BARR: Live now to the Minister Greg Hunt. Good morning to you.   GREG HUNT: Good morning Nat.   NATALIE BARR: First to those dire predictions that the case numbers in…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Increased COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and in New South Wales, Aged Care, Contact tracing, PPE. GREG HUNT: Today is one of the hardest days in Victoria’s history. In terms of health for the families that have been affected, with the lives of their loved ones, or those that have been infected. In terms…

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Support

The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of our Government’s highest priorities, and this Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ben Fordham

E&OE…                       Topics: Victorian outbreak; Victorian aged care outbreak; AUSMAT, QLD border closure to Sydney; Queensland teenagers.   BEN FORDHAM: The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is on the line. Good morning to you, Minister.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ben.   BEN FORDHAM: Has Victoria lost control?   GREG HUNT: Look, it is a…