Record flu vaccines in 2020 to protect Australians

An additional two million flu vaccines will available from this week bringing the total number available in 2020 to a record 18 million. This is up from 13.2 million flu vaccines in 2019, 11 million in 2018 and almost 10 million more than the 8.3 million flu vaccines provided in 2017. Vaccinating against the flu…

Mental health first aid training for medical students

Medical students across Australia will soon receive basic mental health first aid training to ensure they can recognise and respond to the extra stresses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government will provide $690,000 to the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand to support mental health first aid training for all medical students. The…

Remote travel restrictions lifted in the Northern Territory

Travel restrictions across remote communities in the Northern Territory will be lifted from Friday, 5 June 2020. The Australian Government has taken this action in response to a request by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Hon Michael Gunner MLA, to withdraw from the Emergency Determination under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This decision has…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: $20 million in mental health research funding under the Medical Research Future Fund; COVID-19 update; suicide prevention; state borders; COVIDSafe app; ICU capacity; crowds at sporting matches; re-opening of universities; origins of COVID-19; vaccine development; World Health Assembly motion. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon. I’m joined today by Dr Ruth Vine, the former chief…

Additional $20 million for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research

The Australian Government is providing more than $20 million additional funding for research to improve mental health care and reduce suicide rates in Australia.   Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of the Government’s highest priorities.   Almost half of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetimes and as we battle COVID-19…

World-leading COVIDSafe app working and delivering

The Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app has reached six million downloads less than a month after being launched by Australia’s health leaders. The app is helping state and territory public health officials automate and improve manual contact tracing of the coronavirus.   Since its launch, the COVIDSafe app has received widespread support and endorsement from across…

Transcript – Press Conference – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: $400 million funding boost for health and medical research; World Health Assembly motion; COVID-19 update; COVIDSafe app; domestic travel; antibody testing; potential re-opening of state borders; hydroxychloroquine.   PROF. MARGARET GARDNER AC: …particularly as we continue to deal with this current global pandemic that’s COVID-19. I’d like to congratulate Professor Allen Cheng…

$400 million funding boost for health and medical research

The Morrison Government will invest almost $400 million in world-leading health and medical research projects to improve the lives of all Australians.   Our Government will strengthen Australians’ health through research to prevent illness and deliver better health care as we recover and restore our nation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.   A…

Australians urged to stay vigilant as COVID-19 toll climbs to 100

The Australian Government has renewed calls for Australians to stay vigilant as the toll of people who have died as a result of COVID-19 rises to 100. Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck today urged residents to maintain physical distancing and strict hygiene measures to ensure…