Australian Government partnership with private health sector secures 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff, to help fight COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government has partnered with the private hospital sector to ensure the full resources of our world class health system, are ready and focussed on treating patients as required, through the coronavirus pandemic. Our Government has guaranteed the viability and capacity of the private hospital sector, in an agreement that will ensure over 30,000…

Transcript – Today Show Interview with Karl Stefanovic & Allison Langdon

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; healthcare package; flattening the curve; testing; ventilators; private hospitals ALLISON LANGDON: For the latest, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt joins us now. Minister, good morning to you. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ally, good morning, Karl. ALLISON LANGDON: Now, just before we get into the detail of this health care stimulus package,…

Increased flexibility for production of hand sanitiser to bolster supplies

The Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has cut the red tape on the manufacturing of hand sanitiser, whilst maintaining strict safety requirements, to bolster supply in Australia. Currently, there is high demand for hand sanitiser in Australia’s health care system and hospital networks – particularly in rural and regional parts of the country. The…

COVID-19: Whole of population telehealth for patients, general practice, primary care and other medical specialists

To provide continued access to essential primary health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government is expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians and providing extra incentives to general practitioners and other health practitioners. These critical changes have been designed in partnership with key stakeholders in the sector including the Australian Medical Association, Australian…

Transcript – 7news ‘The Latest’ interview with Michael Usher

E&OE…                       Topics: A message to parents and younger people; Elective surgery developments; COVID-19 impacts on hospitals; Professor Peter Doherty’s prediction; Future lockdowns.   MICHAEL USHER: And a new announcement that elective surgeries are being cancelled in hospitals around the country. I spoke with the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt.   Minister, thank you for…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Chris Kenny

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; Hospital expansion; Ruby Princess cruise ship; School closures.   CHRIS KENNY: Let’s cross to the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, live from his electorate on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Thanks so much for joining us, Greg.   I’ve been critical of people second guessing the experts here and playing…

Transcript – ABC News Breakfast Interview with Michael Rowland

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus update; job losses; new social distancing measures; travel ban; schools; medical research   MICHAEL ROWLAND: Let’s bring in the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning to you.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Michael and Lisa.   MICHAEL ROWLAND: I want to start by asking you, as a senior Minister,…