Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Update on the COVID-19 response in Australia; Flattening the curve; Aged Care; Language translation; ADF Deployment; Vic State Control Centre meeting on 27 March.   GREG HUNT: We know at a time when the world has past 20.5 million cases and very sadly, agonisingly, almost three-quarters of a million people have officially…

Further mental health support for Victorians during COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government is providing an additional $12 million to ensure people in Victoria can access 24/7 mental health support through digital and telephone counselling services during this difficult time.   Our Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on individuals and communities, particularly those in Victoria, where regrettable but necessary…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: New mental health support package; Aged care patients and workers in Australia; National database agreement; St Basils reopening; Mystery cases in Vic; Vic MPs returning to Parliament.   GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everybody for joining us today.   This is a day when so many Victorians will be feeling…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Natalie Barr

E&OE…                       Topics: Reported estimated cases numbers in Victoria; Food distribution; QLD border closure; False details for the COVID-Safe register in NSW.   NATALIE BARR: Live now to the Minister Greg Hunt. Good morning to you.   GREG HUNT: Good morning Nat.   NATALIE BARR: First to those dire predictions that the case numbers in…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Increased COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and in New South Wales, Aged Care, Contact tracing, PPE. GREG HUNT: Today is one of the hardest days in Victoria’s history. In terms of health for the families that have been affected, with the lives of their loved ones, or those that have been infected. In terms…

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Support

The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of our Government’s highest priorities, and this Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on…

New AMA leadership team elected at 2020 AMA National Conference

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has announced its new president, Dr Omar Khorshid, following Dr Tony Bartone’s two year tenure coming to an end. Dr Khorshid is an orthopaedic surgeon from Perth and a former AMA WA President and current AMA Federal Councillor. Supporting Dr Khorshid, will be by the new Federal Vice-President Dr Chris…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ben Fordham

E&OE…                       Topics: Victorian outbreak; Victorian aged care outbreak; AUSMAT, QLD border closure to Sydney; Queensland teenagers.   BEN FORDHAM: The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is on the line. Good morning to you, Minister.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Ben.   BEN FORDHAM: Has Victoria lost control?   GREG HUNT: Look, it is a…

New operating theatres open at Mater Private Hospital, Townsville

Residents of Townsville and the greater North Queensland region will benefit from new, state of the art operating theatres at the Mater Private Hospital’s Pimlico campus.   The new digital operating theatres, officially opened today, are part of the Mercy Centre, the centrepiece of the $50 million redevelopment of the Pimlico facility.   The Australian…