Remarks – Gold Coast

GREG HUNT: To Trent.   To George Tambassis, for his real vision and passion and focus for community pharmacy.   To David Quilty – six years officially but six years in guild time I think is the equivalent of 12 years in real human time. Thank you for all of your amazing work.   And…

Research funding boost for better health outcomes

The Liberal National Government is providing more than $8 million for research initiatives that lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as cancer, eye disease and stillbirth. The latest round of dollar for dollar funding through the Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Projects scheme will assist a…

$9.6 million to boost domestic violence care

The Liberal National Government is boosting support for people affected by domestic violence with an additional $9.6 million investment to train 5,000 GPs across Australia to respond better to family violence and the expansion a successful program where health care professionals are trained to recognise and refer domestic violence.   Family, domestic and sexual violence…

National strategy to tackle specialist out of pocket costs

The Liberal National Government will launch a national strategy to tackle excessive out of pocket costs charged by medical specialists including by developing a website to provide Australians with transparency and an education campaign to inform patient about the costs of specialist services. The vast majority of doctors do the right thing and disclose the…

Increasing access to GP services in Queensland flood-affected areas

As an emergency response, the Liberal National Government is providing greater access to GP services for Australians living in flood-affected communities throughout Queensland.   The Government will introduce eight new, time-limited Medicare items to allow GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners provide services via videoconference, until 30 June 2019.   People living in these communities already…

ABC interview with David Bevan and Ali Clarke

E&OE…                       Topics: New Emergency Department for Mount Barker Hospital; New SA Statewide brain and spinal rehab unit – REPAT; Ambulance ramping;   ALI CLARKE: It’s good morning federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.   GREG HUNT: Good morning.   DAVID BEVAN: You come bearing gifts, Minister.   GREG HUNT: I do indeed. I’ve got a…

$160 million for Indigenous health research

The Liberal National Government will provide $160 million for a national research initiative to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   The Indigenous Health Research Fund will be a 10-year research program funded from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).   It will support practical, innovative research into the best approaches…

$268 million to continue the battle against alcohol and drug misuse

The Liberal National Government will provide $268 million to continue support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues. The funding over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 will be provided to Primary Health Networks (PHNs), providers of residential and non-residential withdrawal management and rehabilitation programs, alcohol and peak drug organisations and other national activities already…