Transcript – Press Conference – Frankston

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus update; Commonwealth funding to provide 20,000 nurses with intensive care training; ICU capacity; quarantine measures   GREG HUNT: Well thank you everybody and welcome to the Frankston Hospital. I’m joined today by Felicity Topp, who is the CEO, who was herself a critical care nurse. Lori-Anne Sharp who is the Assistant…

Training more nurses for critical care

The Australian Government will fund up to 20,000 new online education places to enable Registered Nurses (RNs) to develop knowledge enabling them to assist in the delivery of care in intensive care and high dependency units across Australia.   The online training will allow experienced RNs to be used to maximum effect in the national…

Transcript – 7news The Latest interview with Michael Usher

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; Infection rates; Regional Australia; PEP stocks in Australia; Flu vaccines; Bringing health workers out of retirement; Social distancing restrictions.   MICHAEL USHER: Queensland’s growth is also pretty steady. Another 38 cases reported. The total – 781.   WA has had a bit of a rise, three times as many new…

Breakthrough medicines now available for blood cancer, breast cancer, HIV and epilepsy, saving patients up to $194, 000

There’s new hope today for thousands of Australian patients with myeloma, breast cancer, HIV and epilepsy, with the Morrison Government expanding the listing of four key medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).   From 1 April, Revlimid® (lenalidomide) will be available to patients receiving maintenance treatment for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, who have already…

Transcript – 5AA radio interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                       Topics: Flu vaccines for senior Australians; Resources for private hospitals; Public gathering rules in South Australia.   LEON BYNER: Now look, a couple of very important announcements have been made by the Federal Health Minister overnight. There’s a vaccine for the 65 pluses that is available and the Federal Government are fast tracking…

Flu vaccination more important than ever during the month of April

With the 2020 flu season not far away, all Australians —and especially those in vulnerable groups or age brackets— should arrange vaccination against seasonal influenza during the month of April.   Australians should speak to their GP, pharmacist or aged care provider to arrange a flu vaccination over the coming weeks.   Whilst flu vaccination…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; partnership with private health sector; expanding ICU & ventilator capacity GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everybody for joining us today. I’m joined in particular by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison McMillan, and with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth. Nick is a specialist in respiratory…

Meals On Wheels programs reinforced to help senior Australians at home

Vital meal delivery services will be the focus of the latest Morrison Government funding package to support senior Australians. Meals on Wheels and similar services will be reinforced and prioritised, as senior residents across the country are urged to follow COVID-19 restrictions and stay home. A $59.3 million injection will ensure more prepared meals, food…

Australian Government partnership with private health sector secures 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff, to help fight COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government has partnered with the private hospital sector to ensure the full resources of our world class health system, are ready and focussed on treating patients as required, through the coronavirus pandemic. Our Government has guaranteed the viability and capacity of the private hospital sector, in an agreement that will ensure over 30,000…

Ensuring continued access to medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government has approved a number of temporary changes to medicines regulation to ensure Australians can continue to access the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines they need, as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. We are also closely monitoring the impact of the pandemic on the supply of medicines, especially those manufactured overseas, so we can…