Transcript – Today Show interview with David Campbell

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID vaccine distribution announcement; Distribution to remote communities; Emergency rollout before March; Positive healthcare worker who transported aged care resident.   DAVID CAMPBELL: There’s another milestone in Australia’s race for a coronavirus vaccine thing morning – the Federal Government revealing new details on exactly how the jab will be distributed across the…

Contracts signed for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Contracts have been signed with companies to partner with the Australian Government to safely distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians from March next year.   The contracts cover three vital aspects of the vaccine rollout:   Distribution and logistics— industry leading providers DHL and Linfox will undertake COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Data—Accenture will provide tracking of…

Government boosts funding for community pharmacies to support more rural and regional communities

The Coalition Government is providing more than $100 million for regional, rural and remote pharmacies to better support their communities through an expansion to a critical regional pharmacy program. Over 400 additional pharmacies will be eligible for the Regional Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) program under changes announced today, with very remote pharmacies receiving significant additional…

Preventing nicotine uptake by young Australians with prescription based vaping

The Government is responding to the independent regulatory decision of the TGA today with a range of measures to support the cessation of smoking, and to help prevent teenagers taking up pathways to smoking.   As noted in the TGA decision (https://www.tga.gov.au/scheduling-decision-final/notice-final-decision-amend-current-poisons-standard-nicotine), from 1 October 2021, consumers importing nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription to…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Chris Smith

E&OE…                       Topics: Northern beaches cluster; Commonwealth assistance; Bringing vaccine rollout forward; Crosby Textor survey; Border closures; Sydney quarantine and checkpoints; National cabinet.   CHRIS SMITH: The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, addressed the nation yesterday and his message was clear: stay on guard and follow the rules in the lead up to Christmas.   Now…

Transcript – Today Show interview with Belinda Russell and David Campbell

E&OE…                       Topics: Northern beaches COVID-19 cluster; Testing and contact tracing; Mental health support; TGA vaccine assessments.   BELINDA RUSSELL: Holiday plans have been cancelled for Australians right across the country. State border closures are back as COVID rears its head in Sydney once again.   DAVID CAMPBELL: But despite the despair, Health Minister Greg…

Lowest private health insurance premium change in two decades

The Australian Government’s ongoing reforms to private health insurance have resulted in the lowest annual average premium change for consumers since 2001 – 2.74 per cent.   The 2.74 per cent average industry change from 1 April 2021 – the lowest change in 20 years – is over 50 per cent lower than premium rises…

Expanded PBS access to breakthrough medicine for lung cancer

A significant lung cancer treatment option that costs approximately $88,000 a year will soon be available for as little as $6.60 per script, thanks to its expanded listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   From 1 January 2021, Australians living with non-small cell lung cancer who have not had prior therapy will benefit from…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: NSW COVID-19 Outbreak; Commonwealth assistance; Aged care support; Borders; Quarantine of flight crews.   GREG HUNT: Thank you everyone for joining us today, and on behalf of the Australian Government I’d like to provide a COVID update, in particular with a focus on the national response to assist New South Wales in…

$172.5 million funding top up to support Australian medical research

The Morrison Government is continuing its support for world leading medical research by contributing an additional $172.5 million to supplement the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in 2021-22.   The MRFF reached its $20 billion maturity in July 2020, however the historic low RBA cash rate has reduced the amount available through the MRFF to…