$9 million for research into cancer in children and young adults

The Morrison Government is providing $9 million to support research into the causes, biology and progression of cancer among children and young adults. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among Australian children. In the decade to 2015, nearly 1000 Australian children under the age of 15 died from cancer. Delays in diagnosing…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ray Hadley

E&OE… Topics: Wharfie pay dispute RAY HADLEY: I mentioned in the first hour of the program this troubling story about critical medicine shipments unable to reach Australia, sparking drug shortages and delays because unions are holding the country to ransom over a wharfie pay dispute. I wanted to talk to Greg Hunt, the Federal Health…

Australia’s first strategic action plan for blood cancers

As part of the 2020/21 Budget, the Morrison Government will provide more than $600,000 to the Leukaemia Foundation as part of Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. Blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are estimated to account for more than one in 10 cancer deaths in Australia this year. The number…

New treatment available free for Haemophilia A patients

I am pleased to announce all Australian governments have agreed to fund a new treatment for haemophilia patients, through our national blood arrangements. Hemlibra®, also known as emicizumab, will be made available to eligible patients free of charge through the National Blood Authority (NBA), which is jointly funded by the Australian Government and all states…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Samantha Armytage

E&OE: Australia joins COVAX.   SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE:          Australians will have greater access to a COVID-19 cure after the Federal Government struck a deal to join a global vaccine facility called COVAX. It’s a collaboration between health organisations, including the WHO. It’s designed to ensure fair access to any potential vaccine. Eighty countries are on board…

Australia now eligible to purchase Covid-19 vaccine doses through COVAX

The Australian Government has joined the COVAX facility, enabling the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine doses as they become available.   The COVAX facility provides access to a large portfolio of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and manufacturers across the world.   This agreement opens up additional supplies for Australia, from which we could access vaccines for up…

Further investment in three new COVID-19 vaccine research projects

The Morrison Government will invest almost $6 million in additional funding from the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Coronavirus Research Response to support research and development of three Australian COVID-19 vaccines.   The rapid development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a critical Australian Government priority.   Under the competitive, peer reviewed COVID-19 Vaccine…

$2 BILLION TO EXTEND CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Millions of Australians will continue to receive medical care and support in their own homes with the Morrison Government investing more than $2 billion to extend a range of COVID-19 health measures for a further six months, to 31 March 2021.   Medicare-subsidised telehealth and pathology services, GP-led respiratory clinics, home medicines delivery, public and…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: New Head to Help clinics in Victoria, Victorian COVID-19 road map; vaccine development GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everyone. Today is a day of hope and help. Hope and help for Australians. In particular, it’s a day for help with mental health. That’s why I’m joined by Professor Ruth Vine, the Deputy Chief Medical…