Medicare bulk-billing rate remains high at 86.1 per cent

Over the past 12 months, 86.1% of Australians did not have to pay to visit their GP. Figures for the past 12 months show: • An increase of more than 5.5 million free bulk-billed GP visits compared to the same period last year • The number of fully subsidised services across Medicare rose with an…

Transcript – Today Show interview with Karl Stefanovic

E&OE… Topics: Outbreak in Melbourne; COVID-19 update; Public housing lockdowns; Possibility of complete lockdown in Victoria. KARL STEFANOVIC: Okay. Let’s bring in now, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Greg, thank you for your time this morning. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Karl and Ally. KARL STEFANOVIC: We just heard there, it is a terrible situation that…

Transcript – ABC News Breakfast interview with Lisa Millar

E&OE… Topics: support for Victoria Government re coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne; NSW and Victorian border closure; Regional communities. LISA MILLAR: Let’s bring in the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning, welcome to Breakfast. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Lisa. LISA MILLAR: Lots to get through this morning so we’ll crack on. Is it out…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Lockdown in Melbourne Hotspots; Failures in Hotel Quarantine; Mandatory testing; Close the Gap Draft Report.   PETER STEFANOVIC:      Well joining me now is Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning to you. Thanks so much for joining us.   So, first of all, what’s your reaction to those developments that are on…

Better protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal diseases

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) has been amended from 1 July 2020 to improve protection for those most at risk against the potentially fatal meningococcal disease.   For the first time, the Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero®) is being made available for free to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants under two years, who are almost…

$4.5 million for Indigenous Health Website

The Australian Government will provide almost $4.5 million to Edith Cowan University in Western Australia to continue support for its Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website and associated resources.   The website provides easy access to a wide range of information as well as a knowledge exchange and online discussions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.…

Transcript – A Current Affair interview with Leila McKinnon

E&OE…                       Topics: Hotel quarantine in Victoria; Local lockdowns in Victoria;   LEILA MCKINNON: Minister Hunt, thank you for joining us. Let’s have a look at this Sydney case.   This man was in hotel quarantine in Victoria and tested positive, but was released, and has tested positive in the community in Sydney now. How…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Samantha Armytage

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus cases in Victoria; Lockdown in 36 Suburbs in Melbourne; Mandatory testing.   SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: Residents in 36 suburbs across Melbourne went into lockdown overnight as the state recorded its fifth straight day of more than 40 new cases of coronavirus.   The restrictions came into force at midnight, and residents in…

Transcript – 730 Report interview with Leigh Sales

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 cases in Victoria; usage of masks to combat COVID-19;   LEIGH SALES: Thanks for your time today Minister.   GREG HUNT: It’s a pleasure.   LEIGH SALES: Are the growing numbers in Victoria the result of more testing or something else?   GREG HUNT: The best advice that I have is…