Statement

I am honoured and humbled to be sworn in today as Minister for Health in the Morrison Government. It is a role with immense responsibility, touching the lives of every Australian and I am delighted to continue my work which is improving the health of all Australians. The last week has been a challenging time…

Transcript – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to announce that Australia has today achieved record bulk billing levels. That’s 86.1 per cent for GP visits. That’s the highest level on record and that’s for the year just ended, for 2017/18. It’s up from 82.2 per…

Funding to improve lives of Australians with allergies

The Turnbull Government will invest more than half a million dollars in projects to improve the lives of Australians who live with allergies.   The funding will be used to back a range of projects identified as part a National Allergy Strategy, which was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA Mornings

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent; public hospitals harvesting private patients   LEON BYNER: Let’s welcome Greg Hunt, the federal Health Minister. Greg, thanks for coming on today.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.   LEON BYNER: So you’ve got an interesting thing where the data looks very good,…

Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent

A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed.   The data for the 2017-18 financial year shows an increase of more than 5.7 million free services compared to last year, boosting the…

Investment in Queensland start-up to deliver new treatment options

The Turnbull Government will support a world-leading laboratory in Northern Australia to develop a new treatment for people who have inflammatory bowel disease.   Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic life-long autoimmune disease that affects about 85,000 Australians.   ParaGen Bio (PGB) Laboratories, based at James Cook University in Cairns, is a new immunology business…

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

The Turnbull Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian patients through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease.   A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research…

My Health Record opt-out period extended

The Turnbull Government has today extended the opt-out period for My Health Record by an extra month to 15 November 2018, as was announced last week. This was a key request from the Australian Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners and gives Australians more time to consider their options as we strengthen…

Quicker diagnosis and help for stroke victims

The Turnbull Government is providing $1.5 million to ensure doctors have the latest research and information on treating stroke at their fingertips, giving patients the best chance for survival.   Most clinical guidelines are currently in paper form but this funding will allow Stroke Foundation and Cochrane Australia to provide health professionals with the latest…

$1.3 million to address prostate cancer and male infertility

The Turnbull Government will provide medical research funding for prostate cancer and infertility, marking the first step towards a new National Male Health Strategy.   The National Male Health Strategy 2020 – 2030, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all men in Australia over the next decade, especially those at the greatest risk…