Australia hosts global summit on healthcare innovation

Australia will share its successful approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pathway ahead as the host of the virtual Global Innovation Summit 2020.   Held over the next two days, the theme of this year’s summit – Crossing the chasm: Health, Innovation and the Future Economy. Participants will explore the impact of COVID-19 from…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Blood donation drive; COVID outbreak in SA; ADF support; Moderna vaccine; US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2021 Tokyo Olympics.   STEVEN ELDRIDGE: So, a big thank you for everyone coming here today. My name’s Steve Eldridge. I’m the Regional Director for Donor Services here at Australian Red Cross LifeBlood.   Today,…

$133.5 million for Child, Youth and Perinatal Mental Health

The Morrison Government has today announced an investment of $133.5 million to support child, youth and perinatal mental health programs.   Approximately 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year. In addition, each year…

Cooma’s new $3.25 million clinical training facility open for business

A new clinical training facility at the Cooma Hospital will expand healthcare access for residents across the region following its official opening today. The training facility will support medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn directly from health professionals and pursue their careers in Cooma. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the new…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: PBS expanded listing of Spinraza for pre-symptomatic children and infants with spinal muscular atrophy; Genetic screenings for SMA; Vaping; COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy; Bringing overseas Australians home; International borders; Masks in Victoria. GREG HUNT: Seona and Hugo are parents of Chloe and Matilda, or Tilly. Tilly is a beautiful young girl, four years…

Life-saving SMA medicine to be made available to Australian babies

Access to a life-saving and life-changing medicine will soon be expanded for Australian children and infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), thanks to a breakthrough medicines listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, subsidised access to the life-changing medicine Spinraza® (nusinersen) will be expanded to include children and infants genetically diagnosed with…

Transcript – Doorstop – Brisbane

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine trials; Vaccine trials; Role of healthcare workers; International borders; Sugar Tax; Victorian Government announcement for an Institute of Infectious Diseases in Melbourne. DEBORAH TERRY: Minister Hunt, this is an opportunity for us to thank you very much for the Federal Government’s support for, obviously, UQ’s vaccine work, obviously…

Transcript – 4BC interview with Neil Breen

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine; Pfizer vaccine; Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine; Novavax vaccine; Vaccine rollout; Australian vaccination rates; Queensland/NSW border. NEIL BREEN: Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, arrived in Queensland overnight. He’s heading to the University of Queensland today to check on the process of its vaccine. It’s looking promising, with hopes it is…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Vaccine agreements and development; Manufacturing; Vaccine budget; Cold chain distribution network; Indemnity; Provisional determination and provisional approval; Private contracts; Expanding the Pfizer agreement; Expectation of an effective vaccination process being completed; Communications strategy; GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to be here today at the Therapeutic Goods Administration to be joined by the head of…