$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…

Preparing Australians for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

An important education campaign will be rolled out to inform Australians ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination program.   The vaccination roll-out will be a complex task and it will be important that people understand the process with the first vaccinations on track for early next year.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Mid-Year…

Turning the sod on Frankston Hospital’s new Academic Centre

Frankston’s National Centre for Healthy Ageing moved one step closer with the turning of the Sod for Frankston Hospital’s new Academic Centre.   The Morrison Government has invested $32 million into the National Centre for Healthy Ageing and the completed Academic Centre will house part of the National Centre.   Federal Member for Flinders, the…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Australian COVID-19 response; $311 million funding for research into dementia and aged care; trans-Tasman travel bubble; Federal Cabinet reshuffle;   GREG HUNT: We’ve had a wonderful partnership this year with the RACGP, our doctors, our nurses. They’ve kept Australians safe. They’ve embraced telehealth. Arguably, the largest transformation to Medicare since Medicare was…

$300 million for the improvement of health for all Australians

The Morrison Government is investing $300 million in ground-breaking health and medical research projects across Australia aimed at delivering better treatments, diagnosis and care.   Today’s announcement includes $260 million for 283 research projects through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants scheme.   Associate Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino will receive $1.1 million…

$311 million for dementia, cancer and additional medical research

Eleven grant opportunities from the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), with a total value of almost $311 million, will launch today.   The funding aims to generate improved health care and outcomes by supporting health and medical research and innovation projects in key areas such as dementia, aged care, and applied research led…

Bulk billing rates at record high through COVID-19

Almost nine out of ten visits to the GP across Australia over the year to September were provided at no cost to the patient. For GP services, the bulk-billing rate for the 12 months to September 2020 was 88.7 per cent. This was 2.6 percentage points higher than over the previous year. In total, Medicare…

Australia secures 20 million extra Astra Zeneca vaccines

On the basis of scientific advice, the Australian Government has secured an additional 20 million doses of the promising AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, strengthening Australia’s position for whole-of-population vaccination.   This will mean a total delivery of 53.8 million Astra Zeneca vaccine doses in 2021, covering the whole of population requirements.   The extra 20 million…

$11 million to reduce rates of heartbreaking stillbirths

The Morrison Government will provide $11 million to fast track a new national plan to reduce the number of stillbirths, ensuring families affected get the respectful bereavement care they need.   Tragically, there are six stillbirths each day in Australia. That means suffering and loss for more than 2,000 families every year.   Such loss…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Biosecurity Act emergency declaration; Cruise ship restrictions; Immunity passports; Domestic cruising; COVID-19 vaccine rollout; COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas; National drinking guidelines.   GREG HUNT: Zero cases of community transmission, reported by the National Incident Centre shortly before joining you.   And zero cases in ICU, zero cases on ventilation. But these hard-won…