$100 million for major advances in medical research technology

The Morrison Government is investing $100 million into the development of new technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment of stroke, epilepsy and lung disease, including COVID-19. The funding will be split across three research projects led by senior researchers at the University of Melbourne, the Australian Lung Health Initiative, and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and…

Transcript – Doorstop – Parliament House

GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, I’m pleased to be joined today by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd, who has been making inquiries into the Holy Spirit Home in Carseldine. I’m going to address briefly, if I may, four things, and then Michael will also speak with you. Firstly, the follow up to the…

Transcript – Doorstop – Parliament House

GREG HUNT: We want to give you an update on the vaccine rollout, on a number of fronts. Firstly, in relation to general practice approvals. Secondly in relation to the status of health cases. We also want to address one case, which has been raised in Queensland, and the Chief Medical Officer who has been…

Transcript – Doorstop – Parliament House

GREG HUNT: I’m pleased to be able to report that a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia. It’s the first of two over the course of the next week which between them should deliver 280,000 doses this week; 166,000 doses have arrived; next week it will be approximately 120,000 doses. We’ll…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

RACHEL STEPHEN-SMITH: Alright, well welcome everyone here to Canberra Hospital’s COVID-19 surge centre. This incredible facility was built really quickly when we didn’t know what was going to happen with COVID-19 in case we needed extra emergency department capacity. But for the last two months it’s been a COVID-19 testing centre, and now it’s our…

Interview with David Speers – Insiders – ABC

E&OE…                       Topics: The timeframe for vaccinations for COVID-19; overcoming vaccine hesitancy; rape allegations in Parliament.   DAVID SPEERS: Minister, welcome to the program.   GREG HUNT: Morning.   DAVID SPEERS: Let’s just start with this point about how long it’s taken to get to the point we’re at now.   Australia did take longer…

Medicare bulk billing rates continue to grow

More Australians than ever are receiving the medical care they need at no cost to themselves, as recent data shows almost nine out of 10 visits to the GP over the year to December were provided with no out-of-pocket cost.   Record GP bulk billing rates reached an all-time high of 89.3 per cent for…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccine rollout in Australia.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody. I am joined by Professor Brandan Murphy who is the head of the Vaccines Taskforce. We wanted to outline today the next steps with regards to phase 1A of Australia’s COVID vaccine program, which begins next Monday.   Before doing so, I,…

INITIAL TOWNS, SUBURBS AND HUBS FOR COVID-19 VACCINE

Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program will commence from next week. People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most – will receive a vaccine first. The rollout will begin with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and following the approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday, will include the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine…

Ensuring senior Australians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Tens of thousands of aged care residents in Australia will soon receive their first vaccine dose against COVID-19 next week.   The Australian Government is ensuring those who are particularly vulnerable to the worst effects of the coronavirus receive the earliest protection, so priority is being given to residential aged care facility staff and residents.…