National Blood Donor Week: 14–20 June 2020

The Australian Government is using National Blood Donor Week to call on people who have recovered from COVID-19 to help in the search for treatments for the virus. The Government encourages people who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 to consider donating plasma to assist with the search for suitable treatment options. People…

More essential support for Australian patients through community pharmacy

Australians will have better access to subsidised medicines and medication management services through community pharmacy with the Morrison Government finalising a Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA).   Under this landmark agreement, our Government will continue to partner with community pharmacy to ensure Australians have access to more than 200 million subsidised Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Peta Credlin

E&OE…                       Topics: Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, maintaining mass gathering restrictions.   PETA CREDLIN: Well over the weekend as you all saw right around the country, thousands took part in rallies branded Black Lives Matter, despite health advice from some of the country’s leading medical experts to stay home.   Well now the…

Extending the National Partnership Agreement on Public Dental Services

The Morrison Government is extending the National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Service to support the states and territories in delivering public dental services. The $107.8 million one-year extension to the National Partnership Agreement will provide services to around 180,000 additional public dental patients across Australia. This brings the total investment through the National…

Transcript – Doorstop – Queanbeyan

E&OE… Topics: Mental Health Funding, Coronavirus Update; Quarantine restrictions; MPs returning to Canberra who participated in BLM protests; Jobkeeper and Jobseeker; New Zealand restrictions; Mental health sessions Medicare subsidised cap. GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to announce an additional $24 million for both an expansion of headspace services in terms of increasing the capacity of 44…

$24 million funding boost for additional mental health care at headspace

The Morrison Government is investing $24.2 million to reduce wait times – fast tracking access to mental health services for young people aged 12–25 seeking headspace appointments. Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of our Government’s highest priorities. One in four young Australians are affected by a mental health illness every year, and as…

Big Freeze: $2 million to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease

Investing in ground-breaking research and clinical trials to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an Australian Government priority. At the 2020 Cure4MND Foundation’s Big Freeze fundraising event, the Government announced a $2 million commitment to expand research opportunities to help find a cure for this devastating disease. This commitment builds on…

$13.6 million for reproductive, childhood brain and other cancer clinical trials

The Morrison Government will provide $13.6 million to support ten clinical trials to find innovative cancer treatments for melanoma, reproductive and gynaecological cancers and childhood brain cancer. Childhood brain cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in Australian children, with around 100 children diagnosed each year and an estimated 36 children dying from the…

$4 million investment in health projects for culturally diverse Australians

The Morrison Government is investing almost $4 million into a range of projects to improve health outcomes for some of the most culturally diverse Australians. The funding, to be provided through the National Women’s Health Strategy, National Men’s Strategy and the Child and Youth Health grants, will particularly assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: New funding for cardiovascular projects; Coronavirus update; Black Lives Matter protests; A second wave; The Lancet paper on hydroxychloroquine.   GREG HUNT: Over the last few months, Australians have done an extraordinary job in saving lives and protecting lives.   They’ve done that by respecting each other, respecting distance, taking the difficult…