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…

Transcript – Today Show Interview with Karl Stefanovic & Allison Langdon

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; healthcare package; flattening the curve; testing; ventilators; private hospitals ALLISON LANGDON: For the latest, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt joins us now. Minister, good morning to you. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ally, good morning, Karl. ALLISON LANGDON: Now, just before we get into the detail of this health care stimulus package,…

Increased flexibility for production of hand sanitiser to bolster supplies

The Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has cut the red tape on the manufacturing of hand sanitiser, whilst maintaining strict safety requirements, to bolster supply in Australia. Currently, there is high demand for hand sanitiser in Australia’s health care system and hospital networks – particularly in rural and regional parts of the country. The…

Humanitarian agreement – Joondalup Health Campus

The Australian Government, with the cooperation of the West Australian Government and the private Joondalup Health Campus, have concluded a humanitarian agreement to provide care for the 29 passengers from the Artania Cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said, “This humanitarian hospital care will be provided in…

COVID-19: Whole of population telehealth for patients, general practice, primary care and other medical specialists

To provide continued access to essential primary health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government is expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians and providing extra incentives to general practitioners and other health practitioners. These critical changes have been designed in partnership with key stakeholders in the sector including the Australian Medical Association, Australian…

Travel restrictions for remote areas commence tonight

The Australian Government is working in close collaboration with State and Territory Governments to help save Australian lives by stopping the spread of COVID-19.   Following agreement from the National Cabinet, the movement into certain remote areas is being restricted to protect some of our most vulnerable Australians.   From 11:59pm Thursday 26 March 2020,…

Transcript – 7news ‘The Latest’ interview with Michael Usher

E&OE…                       Topics: A message to parents and younger people; Elective surgery developments; COVID-19 impacts on hospitals; Professor Peter Doherty’s prediction; Future lockdowns.   MICHAEL USHER: And a new announcement that elective surgeries are being cancelled in hospitals around the country. I spoke with the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt.   Minister, thank you for…