Interview with Fran Kelly – ABC Radio National Breakfast

E&OE…                        Topics: Codeine; Innovation and Science Australia blueprint; border protection         FRAN KELLY: Greg Hunt is the Federal Health Minister. Government is backing this codeine crackdown. Greg Hunt, thank you very much for joining us in the Breakfast studio.  GREG HUNT: And…

Better support for patients with rare diseases

The Turnbull Government is improving Australia’s Life Saving Drugs Program to ensure patients with rare and life threatening diseases continue to get access to vital medicines. Patients will be better supported by a new process for listing drugs on the Program, which includes expanded criteria to consider medicines which both extend a patient’s life and…

Lowest private health insurance premium change in 17 years

The Turnbull Government’s reforms to take the pressure off private health insurance has today delivered the lowest annual premium change in almost two decades.  Health funds will have average weighted premium increases of 3.95 per cent from 1 April 2018.  This is the lowest since 2001 and lower than any year under the Rudd and…

Pharmacy trial to support patients with chronic pain

The Turnbull Government is providing $20 million to run a new trial program, through community pharmacies across Australia, which will support people suffering from on-going chronic pain.    Under the Pain MedsCheck trial pharmacists will assist patients who are taking medication to deal with on-going chronic pain of three or more months.    Through the…

Doorstop – Vermont South Amcal Pharmacy

E&OE…                        Topics: Pain MedsCheck trial launch; lowest private health insurance premium change in 17 years   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to be here at the Vermont South Amcal Pharmacy with the part-owner, George Tambassis, who is also the president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia,…

Remarks and Doorstop – University of New South Wales

E&OE…                        Topics: $69 million boost for fight against rare cancers and rare diseases, anti-foreign interference laws, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership [Remarks] GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Professor Ian Jacobs, the Vice Chancellor here at UNSW. There’s a reason I’ve made…

$69 million boost for fight against rare cancers and rare diseases

The Turnbull Government is supporting Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers in their fight against rare cancers and rare diseases with a $69 million boost announced today. This funding includes more than $26 million for nineteen research projects as part of the landmark Medical Research Future Fund’s Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Needs Clinical…

Interview with Kim Landers – ABC AM

E&OE…                        Topics: Mental health services in regional areas; codeine   KIM LANDERS: And the Federal Health Minister is Greg Hunt. He joined me on the line earlier. Minister, good morning. GREG HUNT: Good morning. KIM LANDERS: Do you agree mental health services in regional areas…

More support for Australia’s world-class medical researchers

The Turnbull Government is today announcing new grant funding of almost $12 million to provide further support for Australia’s world-class medical researchers. I am delighted to visit the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to announce support for research that will offer new hope for people living with rare ataxia diseases. Ataxia is a rare and debilitating…

Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia

The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia. Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which helps to bring the community together to develop local…