More than $500 million research boost to improve lives

The Liberal National Government will invest more than half a billion dollars in world-leading health and medical research that aims to improve the lives of all Australians.   A total of 682 grants will be funded, totalling more than $526 million, through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).   The funding announced today…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                         Topics: $33.8 million Beyond Blue funding announcement; first dedicated Medicare item for eating disorder; Nauru; Newspoll   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to announce $33.8 million for Beyond Blue’s national anxiety and depression initiative.   In particular this is about ensuring that people who have the greatest need, have the greatest support and Beyond…

Interview with ABC Breakfast – Sydney

E&OE…                       Topics: First dedicated Medicare item for eating disorders; pill testing; My Health Record   ROBBIE BUCK: Well there was a big announcement over the weekend to do with eating disorders in Australia and funding to try and help those who are suffering from eating disorders.   The federal government’s just announced that for…

$34 million to support Beyond Blue

The Liberal National Government will support those who suffer from depression and anxiety by providing $33.8 million to help fund Beyond Blue programs.   This funding will ensure that the organisation can continue to provide Australians with information to recognise the effects of depression and anxiety, and effective strategies to help if they are someone…

Landmark Medicare support for Australians living with an eating disorder

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government will help tens of thousands of Australians living with an eating disorder to access life-saving treatment with a landmark $115 million package. For the first time, those Australians with severe eating disorders will now be able to access a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare. Patients will be able to access…

Christine Morgan appointed CEO of National Mental Health Commission

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Morgan as Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission   Christine is a highly experienced leader with a deep exposure to the mental health sector.  She has demonstrated experiences as a highly credible chief executive in the sector as CEO of the Butterfly Foundation…

Record vaccinations slash flu rates in Australia

Australia experienced the lowest rates of the influenza since 2013 after a record 11 million Australians got a flu jab, nearly a third more than the previous year,   To date, only 52,000 cases of influenza have been reported, compared with nearly 250,000 cases in the same period last year.   In response to the…

States urged to boost funding to their own hospitals

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on elective surgery and emergency department wait times should be a wake-up call to states to increase their share of funding to their hospitals.   Our Government provides significant funding to assist the states and territories to provide these vital services.   I call on the…

Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: 2018 year in review.   JOURNALIST: It’s the last day of parliament sitting today for the year; do you think your government has achieved what it set out to?   GREG HUNT: 2018 has been about saving lives and protecting lives in health.   In mental health, what we’ve seen is major…