The Life Saving Drugs Program to be improved

The Morrison Government is taking steps to improve access to lifesaving medicines for rare diseases by establishing an expert panel for the Life Saving Drugs Program.   I am delighted to announce that Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs will be appointed as chair of the LSDP Expert Panel.   Other members…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Monash University’s new neuroscience facility; leadership; energy; Julia Banks.   GREG HUNT: To Professor Terry O’Brien, Professor Christina Mitchell, congratulations to Monash and to Alfred on the new neuroscience department. It is about saving lives and protecting lives. It’s about giving hope and treatment to people with epilepsy, with Alzheimer’s, and the…

Remarks – National Nurses Forum – Gold Coast

E&OE…                       GREG HUNT: And thanks very much to Ronnie, to previous speaker Del and I have to say what you were discussing in relation to men’s health and also what we do on women’s health is a national priority. We are working now on putting into place a long term plan out to 2030…

Statement

I am honoured and humbled to be sworn in today as Minister for Health in the Morrison Government. It is a role with immense responsibility, touching the lives of every Australian and I am delighted to continue my work which is improving the health of all Australians. The last week has been a challenging time…

Transcript – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to announce that Australia has today achieved record bulk billing levels. That’s 86.1 per cent for GP visits. That’s the highest level on record and that’s for the year just ended, for 2017/18. It’s up from 82.2 per…

Funding to improve lives of Australians with allergies

The Turnbull Government will invest more than half a million dollars in projects to improve the lives of Australians who live with allergies.   The funding will be used to back a range of projects identified as part a National Allergy Strategy, which was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA Mornings

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent; public hospitals harvesting private patients   LEON BYNER: Let’s welcome Greg Hunt, the federal Health Minister. Greg, thanks for coming on today.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.   LEON BYNER: So you’ve got an interesting thing where the data looks very good,…

Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent

A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed.   The data for the 2017-18 financial year shows an increase of more than 5.7 million free services compared to last year, boosting the…

Investment in Queensland start-up to deliver new treatment options

The Turnbull Government will support a world-leading laboratory in Northern Australia to develop a new treatment for people who have inflammatory bowel disease.   Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic life-long autoimmune disease that affects about 85,000 Australians.   ParaGen Bio (PGB) Laboratories, based at James Cook University in Cairns, is a new immunology business…

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

The Turnbull Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian patients through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease.   A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research…