Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: New mental health support package; Aged care patients and workers in Australia; National database agreement; St Basils reopening; Mystery cases in Vic; Vic MPs returning to Parliament.   GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everybody for joining us today.   This is a day when so many Victorians will be feeling…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Natalie Barr

E&OE…                       Topics: Reported estimated cases numbers in Victoria; Food distribution; QLD border closure; False details for the COVID-Safe register in NSW.   NATALIE BARR: Live now to the Minister Greg Hunt. Good morning to you.   GREG HUNT: Good morning Nat.   NATALIE BARR: First to those dire predictions that the case numbers in…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Increased COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and in New South Wales, Aged Care, Contact tracing, PPE. GREG HUNT: Today is one of the hardest days in Victoria’s history. In terms of health for the families that have been affected, with the lives of their loved ones, or those that have been infected. In terms…

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Support

The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of our Government’s highest priorities, and this Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on…

New AMA leadership team elected at 2020 AMA National Conference

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has announced its new president, Dr Omar Khorshid, following Dr Tony Bartone’s two year tenure coming to an end. Dr Khorshid is an orthopaedic surgeon from Perth and a former AMA WA President and current AMA Federal Councillor. Supporting Dr Khorshid, will be by the new Federal Vice-President Dr Chris…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ben Fordham

E&OE…                       Topics: Victorian outbreak; Victorian aged care outbreak; AUSMAT, QLD border closure to Sydney; Queensland teenagers.   BEN FORDHAM: The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is on the line. Good morning to you, Minister.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ben.   BEN FORDHAM: Has Victoria lost control?   GREG HUNT: Look, it is a…

New operating theatres open at Mater Private Hospital, Townsville

Residents of Townsville and the greater North Queensland region will benefit from new, state of the art operating theatres at the Mater Private Hospital’s Pimlico campus.   The new digital operating theatres, officially opened today, are part of the Mercy Centre, the centrepiece of the $50 million redevelopment of the Pimlico facility.   The Australian…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; Aged Care response in Victoria; AUSMAT teams; Aged Care Royal Commission   GREG HUNT: Welcome everybody.   And I am joined today here at the site of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, a joint partnership with Victoria, by Joe Buffone, who is the Emergency Management Australia Response head and…

Greater virus protection for aged care workers

Protection from COVID-19 for aged care staff and residents in Victoria will be increased, with reusable face shields and additional face masks being supplied from the National Medical Stockpile to help prevent the spread of the virus.   The Australian Government will:   Supply 500,000 reusable face shields to all residential aged care services across…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Potential for Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria; Peak numbers; Aged care outbreaks in Victoria; Paid pandemic leave; Black Lives Matter Protest in Sydney today.   PETER STEFANOVIC: Well, joining me live now is the Health Minister Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning, good to see you. Thanks so much for joining us.  …