$2.1 million to support Australians with diabetes

The Australian Government is investing $2.1 million over four years, making it easier for Australians with diabetes to monitor their condition.   From November 1, point-of-care glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) tests will be listed on Medicare, funding 19,000 tests for Australians with previously diagnosed diabetes.   Around one in twenty Australian adults have diabetes. The condition…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Maeve’s Law; COVID-19 vaccine rollout; assistance to PNG.     GREG HUNT: Good morning everybody and I’m delighted to be joined this morning by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia Professor Michael Kidd.   We’ll very shortly give you an update on the very heartening news from the TGA that not…

Life-improving research for brain cancer survivors

The Morrison Government is providing $2.6 million to researchers at the University of Melbourne to use the latest information technology to improve the lives of people who have survived brain cancer.   Funded by the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Brain Cancer Mission ­– 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity, the three-year…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccination rollout.     GREG HUNT: Good afternoon. I’m joined by Professor Murphy, the head of the vaccines taskforce and we’re pleased to give you an update on the COVID-19 progress in Australia, and we’ll begin with the fact that the latest advice from the National Incident Centre is zero cases of…

Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination rollout begins

Today is a momentous day for Australia’s fight against COVID-19, with the rollout of Phase 1B of the Australian Government’s vaccination plan.   The COVID-19 vaccine rollout out is one of the largest logistical exercises ever undertaken in this country and we are particularly encouraged by the enthusiastic response from Australians in getting vaccinated.  …

Transcript – Sky News First Edition interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: AstraZeneca vaccine; COVID-19 vaccine rollout;   PETER STEFANOVIC: Well, let’s go to Melbourne now. Joining us live is the Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good to see you. Thanks for joining us this morning.   First of all, your reaction to this news overnight? A lot of European nations given the go…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 cases and vaccination rollout in Australia     GREG HUNT: Hello everybody. I’m joined by Professor Michael Kidd, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and we’re providing a brief update in relation to COVID-19 cases and vaccine rollout in Australia.   So, very briefly, I’m pleased to be able to report that…

Transcript – ABC AM interview with Sabra Lane

E&OE…                       Topics: Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, Securing vaccines for PNG.   SABRA LANE:         Medical experts say, the Federal Government has serious questions to answer over the launch of the COVID vaccine booking system. Doctors were swamped with inquiries when the system went live yesterday, with many members of the public describing it…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Jim Wilson

E&OE…                       Topics: vaccine rollout, COVID-19 outbreak in PNG   JIM WILSON: Big news today. Six million Australians can now book in and get their COVID vaccine from Monday. GP clinics around the country will be able to offer the job to any eligible person, that’s people who meets the criteria of Phase 1B on…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Vaccination rollout in Australia; Phase 1B beginning on 22 March. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody. I’m pleased to be joined by Professor Brendan Murphy. This is the first of our regular updates. He joined the Prime Minister for an update on Sunday, along with obviously Professor John Skerritt, who is the Head of…