Children under five years of age reminded to get their free flu shots

The Morrison McCormack Government is helping parents to protect their children from seasonal influenza, a serious and potentially deadly condition by providing free flu vaccines and an evidence based campaign to increase the uptake of vaccinations.   This year, for the first time, all children aged from six months to less than five years are…

Treatment for incurable diseases receives $5.9 million research injection

The Morrison Government is investing $5.9 million in eight vital medical research projects to find new and innovative treatments for incurable diseases including leukaemia, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.   The ground breaking research, funded through our Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), aims to harness stem cells to apply personalised treatments for a range…

Today Show interview with Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 Update; Black Lives Matter Protest; COVID-19 Vaccines; $12 million for research to improve treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke patients.   KARL STEFANOVIC: Well Victoria recorded its biggest increase of coronavirus cases in over a month; 21 new cases recorded in the state yesterday, six of which are believed to have…

Updated guidelines to support best practice care for domestic violence

The Morrison Government is investing $300,000 to update clinical guidelines to help general practitioners to better recognise and respond to family and domestic violence.   The funding will support the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to update the Whitebook – Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice – with the…

COVID-19: Support for children and young people

The Morrison Government is investing $550,000 over two years to support children and young people who have a parent or guardian with a mental illness.   One in five Australians aged 16-85 experiences a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety and substance use disorder.   Children of parents…

$9.9 million for research to improve life for brain cancer survivors

The medical, functional and psychosocial needs of people who have survived brain cancer will be studied in a major three-year research project funded by the Morrison Government.   Almost 2,000 Australians a year are now diagnosed with brain cancer, and while brain cancer accounts for just 1.4 per cent of all cancers in Australia, it…

$23 million investment for prostate cancer nurse program

Thousands of Australian men with prostate cancer and their families will benefit from an expansion of the Australian Government’s Prostate Cancer Nurses Program.   The Government is investing $23 million in the program through the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia over the next three years to support existing prostate cancer nurses and place specialist nurses.…

Transcript – ABC Insiders interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; BLM protests; Indigenous infant mortality rates; Indigenous health research announcement; New Zealand approach to COVID-19; The COVIDSafe app; Opening international borders; Australia’s preparedness for a second wave; Efforts to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. DAVID SPEERS: Minister, welcome to the program. GREG HUNT: Morning, David. DAVID SPEERS: Let’s just start on this…

Government to invest almost $35 million in Indigenous health projects including Indigenous blindness, deafness and chronic kidney disease

The Morrison Government will invest almost $35 million in 42 key research projects in areas such as ending avoidable indigenous deafness, ending avoidable indigenous blindness, and helping to eradicate chronic kidney disease.   As part of this funding, the Government is investing $14.44 million from the first grant round of the Indigenous Health Research Fund…