Government backs innovative COVID-19 research

The Australian Government is supporting world-leading research into the latest COVID-19 treatments through a dedicated round of the Medical Research Future Fund’s Biomedical Translation Bridge. The Government, in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation MTPConnect, has announced a new round of its $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program to support COVID-19 related research projects. The…

Transcript – 5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                       Topics: Pandemic plan for mental health; NSW easing restrictions; Possibility of a second wave in Australia; COVIDSafe app; Kawasaki disease.   LEON BYNER: I have on the line the Federal Health Minister who has got some pretty important things to talk about today, Greg Hunt. Greg, thank you for joining us this morning.…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Alan Jones

E&OE…                       Topics: Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health; JobKeeper; Businesses affected by COVID; Second wave; Antibody tests; COVIDSafe app download numbers; Josh Frydenberg.   ALAN JONES: Look, he’s listening to me and I don’t care if I embarrass him, is Greg Hunt, who’s done a terrific job.   This bloke is a very,…

Transcript – Sky News First Edition interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: New Role Established for a Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health; COVIDSafe App; Josh Frydenberg;   PETER STEFANOVIC:      And joining me now is the Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning to you. Thank you so much for joining us.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Peter.   PETER STEFANOVIC: So, first…

International Nurses Day 2020

The tireless work of Australia’s nurses – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic – have been recognised by the Federal Government as part of International Nurses Day. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the virus emergency had created challenges for many, none were tougher than for our world-class health professionals working on the frontline. Today, 12…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Mental health support for front line health workers; Nursing scholarships announcement; General COVID-19 update; Government’s mental health pandemic plan; Social restrictions; Mother’s Day; Antibody testing.   GREG HUNT: Welcome everybody and I’m delighted to be here at Monash University at the school of nursing.   In particular, I’m joined by the Dean…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Convalescent plasma announcement; COVID-19 update; COVIDSafe app; National Cabinet; Melbourne meatworks investigation; Strathfield Council; New Zealand/coronavirus reporting.   GREG HUNT: Thanks everyone. Welcome to the Lifeblood centre here in Frankston. It’s where they collect blood and plasma for the benefit of all Australians.   As part of that, I’m delighted to be…

COVID-19: Potentially lifesaving immunoglobulin treatment for seriously ill Australians

The Australian Government welcomes the announcement by CSL Behring that Australia will be one of the first countries in the world to start production of a potentially lifesaving plasma-derived treatment for people with COVID-19.   The product, COVID-19 Immunoglobulin, could be used to treat people seriously ill with complications caused by the virus, particularly those…