Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, National Cabinet agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability (the Plan). The Plan forms part of the national response developed by the Government…

Additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol services during COVID-19

Online and phone support services for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems will receive an additional $6 million from the Australians Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Funding will be provided to support the following services:   $2 million to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to deliver an information and awareness campaign to make Australians…

COVID-19: rapid response boost for Australia’s intensive care units

Ensuring Australian hospitals are able to respond rapidly in the event of increased patient demand during the COVID-19 health emergency is a national priority. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Government has funded and launched the Critical Health Resource Information System (CHRIS) that will operate in all public and private hospitals with Intensive…

Transcript – Sky News First Edition Interview with Laura Jayes

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; international travel; Bondi Beach re-opening   LAURA JAYES:       Let’s go live to the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, who joins us live. Minister, thank you for your time. First of all, could I ask you-   GREG HUNT:          Good morning, Laura.   LAURA JAYES:       If you have an update yet, overnight?…

Elective surgery restrictions eased

The Australian Government in partnership with states and territories, peak surgical bodies, the AMA and the private hospital sector will be increasing the availability of elective surgery in a safe and carefully considered way which ensures the wellbeing of both patients and healthcare workers.   This is possible due to the strong collaboration across governments…

Transcript – ABC Radio Melbourne interview with Raf Epstein

E&OE…                       Topics: Elective surgery announcement; Reopening of restaurants and sports events; COVID-19 vaccine; Aged care restrictions; Social distancing restrictions; Malcolm Turnbull’s book.   RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Greg Hunt is the Federal Health Minister, part of Scott Morrison’s cabinet of course. Minister, good afternoon.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, Raf.   RAFAEL EPSTEIN: How do people…

Transcript – KIIS 101.1 Melbourne Interview with Jase & PJ

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; potential easing of restrictions; elective surgery; international travel; Virgin Australia JASE: Greg Hunt is the Minister for Health. He’s joining us on the air this morning. Good to have you back Greg. Cheers for your time mate. GREG HUNT: And good morning. No, it’s a real pleasure to be with you.…

Transcript – 2GB Sydney Interview with Alan Jones

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; potential easing of restrictions; elective surgery; flu vaccine; international flights. ALAN JONES: I’ve got the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, on the line. He’s a good person this man, he’s done a fabulous job through all of this. But of course you won’t be reading the Turnbull book – I certainly…

headspace Rosebud opens for the community

Young people on the Peninsula will now be able to access better mental health support with the opening of a new headspace satellite service in Rosebud. Supplementing the services of the existing headspace centre in Frankston, the Rosebud satellite will provide three of the four core headspace streams. The service will also provide outreach support…

Australians embrace telehealth to save lives during COVID-19

More than 4.3 million health and medical services have now been delivered to a total of more than three million patients through the telehealth items introduced by the Australian Government for the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of telehealth instead of face-to-face consultations is helping to stop the spread of the virus, protecting both patients and…