Turnbull Government strengthens No Jab, No Pay

The Turnbull Government is taking action to encourage even more parents to meet immunisation requirements for their children. Under legislation being introduced today, parents’ fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for each child who does not meet the immunisation requirements. From 1 July 2018, this will…

Transcript – Canberra doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Launch of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 GREG HUNT: The National Drowning Report shows that our drowning deaths in Australia have sadly gone up by nine in this year to 291. One life lost is too many, 291 is a national tragedy. We have a very extensive national water safety…

Transcript – Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: National Drowning Report 2017; private health insurance reform; Labor’s reckless energy policies DAVID SPEERS: Greg Hunt, thank you for your time. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon David. DAVID SPEERS: And I know you did pay a special tribute to Shaun Oliver earlier in the day when you were announcing these figures. So to go…

Medical technology investment to improve lives

The Turnbull Government will fund three medical breakthroughs to help people with severe disabilities walk again and support thousands of Australians facing crippling chronic back pain. A total of $13.3 million will be invested into high potential Australian innovations from the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) – a key initiative of the Turnbull Government’s…

Marking World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme, “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, captures the idea that each of us has a role to play in suicide prevention. The same concept lies behind R U OK? Day, which will be marked next Thursday. Just a simple, sincere question can show a distressed…

Remembering that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

The ninth day, of the ninth month of the year is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day – when we are reminded that there is no known safe limit of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Today is about acknowledging the lifelong physical, neurological, developmental and behavioural problems for children if their mother drinks alcohol while…

Transcript – ABC Ballarat – Interview with Nicole Chvastek

E&OE… Topics: Flu deaths, compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers NICOLE CHVASTEK: Greg Hunt is the Health Minister. Greg Hunt, good afternoon. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon Nicole. NICOLE CHVASTEK: What’s the Federal Government’s response to this? Seven people have died in this facility in Wangaratta. GREG HUNT: So this is obviously just a terrible…

Encouraging women to make health a priority during Women’s Health Week

As part of Women’s Health Week, we’re encouraging all Australian women to take time to think about making positive changes that can improve your health and wellbeing. The Turnbull Government is committed to helping improve women’s health in Australia, and we recognise the importance of providing healthcare that supports, and is responsive to, the unique…

Game On grants open to get Queensland moving

Game On Queensland grants are now available to local councils to deliver sport and recreation events and programs in the lead-up to, during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The grants, funded by the Australian Government, are being delivered through the Queensland Government’s Embracing 2018 program. Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said…

Transcript – Mt Martha doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers GREG HUNT: This year we’ve seen tragic outcomes in relation to the flu. 4.5 million Australians have been given a free flu vaccine. Every Australian over the age of 65 is entitled to the flu vaccine free of charge. However, after consultation with the Chief Medical…