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,…

Government backs remote communities with COVID-19 support

The Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australia protect themselves against COVID-19.   The grants are available as part of the Government’s $57.8 million Remote Community Preparedness and Retrieval package.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Government was focused on ensuring remote Indigenous communities were prepared…