Historic PBS Listing for Australians with a Rare Epilepsy Condition

In a historic first, Australians living with a rare form of epilepsy will have access to a medicinal cannabis drug, which is being listed on Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the first time.   From 1 May 2021, Australians living with Dravet syndrome, will have access to Epidyolex® (cannabidiol), a new treatment used in…

Travel Arrangements to be Strengthened for People who have been in India

The Government will implement a temporary pause on travelers from India entering Australian territory if the passenger has been in India within 14 days of the person’s intended arrival date in Australia.   The temporary pause follows today’s meeting of National Cabinet and was based on advice about the worsening COVID-19 situation in India. The…

$23.7 Million to Support Australia’s Peak Health Groups

The Australian Government is opening a new round to invest more than $23 million to support our nation’s peak health groups and advisory bodies.   These groups play a major role in improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians and as we continue navigating the COVID-19 environment, the advice of Australia’s peak health groups…

Universal Telehealth Extended Through 2021

Over the last 12 months, Telehealth services have been life changing for many in need of support, which is why as part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government is investing more than $114 million to extend Telehealth until the end of the year.   Telehealth items were rapidly implemented in March 2020 to ensure…

Transcript – Press Conference – Melbourne

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care   TRANSCRIPT   26 April 2021   PRESS CONFERENCE MELBOURNE   E&OE…                       Topics: Update on COVID-19 cases and measure; telehealth; vaccination rollout.     GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everyone for joining us this afternoon. In particular I’m accompanied by Commodore…

Transcript – Interview with Dr. Ross Walker – 2GB Healthy Living

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care   TRANSCRIPT   25 April 2021   INTERVIEW WITH DR ROSS WALKER 2GB HEALTHY LIVING   E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 vaccine roll out   DR ROSS WALKER: More than a billion coronavirus vaccinations have been jabbed into arms globally, but just under two million…

Cancer funding boost and development of Australian Cancer Plan

The Australian Government is investing an additional $6.7 million to support and improve outcomes for all Australians affected by cancer. In 2020, an estimated 150,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia, with around 50,000 Australians tragically passing away. As part of this investment; $4.7 million to support strengthening supportive and primary cancer care…

Transcript – Interview with Fran Kelly – ABC Radio National

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health   TRANSCRIPT   21 April 2020   INTERVIEW WITH FRAN KELLY ABC RADIO NATIONAL   E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccine Rollout update   FRAN KELLY: Well, the Herculean challenge of protecting the country against COVID-19 enters a new phase today with the rollout of mass vaccination hubs in…

Transcript – Press Conference – Melbourne

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care   TRANSCRIPT   20 April 2021   PRESS CONFERENCE MELBOURNE   E&OE…                       Topics: update on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rollout     GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody. I’m joined by Commodore Eric Young, Royal Australian Navy, the Operations Co-ordinator from the Vaccine Operations…

Transcript – Interview with Kieran Gilbert – Sky News

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care   TRANSCRIPT   20 April 2021   INTERVIEW WITH KIERAN GILBERT SKY NEWS   E&OE…                       Topics: Two-way travel bubble with New Zealand; Vaccination rollout.   KIERAN GILBERT: We return now to our top story. The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, joins me. Minister Hunt,…