Doorstop – Melbourne

Topics: $50 million for traumatic brain injury medical research; homecare packages; Flinders; federal election   GREG HUNT: It’s a privilege today to be here at the Alfred Hospital.   The trauma unit here is not just one of the finest in Australia but undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. I’m very drawn to…

$50 million for traumatic brain injury medical research

The Liberal National Government is providing $50 million for nationally co-ordinated medical research to improve the recovery of patients with a traumatic brain injury.   More than 20,000 Australians are hospitalised with traumatic brain injury every year.   In an Australian-first, our Government is providing dedicated funding for research into traumatic brain injury. The funding,…

Health portfolio boards more than 50 per cent female

The Liberal National Government is pleased to announce that ministerial board appointments in the health portfolio have reached more than 50 per cent female for the very first time as Professor Dorothy Keefe is appointed the new CEO of Cancer Australia.   As we mark International Women’s Day, I am delighted to announce that health…

New malaria vaccine clinical trials aims to globally eradicate the disease

The Liberal National Government will support clinical trials to test the effectiveness of a world-first malaria vaccine in an attempt to globally eradicate the deadly disease.   Rotary clubs around Australia have been fundraising for the Malaria Vaccine Project through a campaign known as Rotary Against Malaria.   The Rotary clubs have raised $500,000 and…

Remarks – Gold Coast

GREG HUNT: To Trent.   To George Tambassis, for his real vision and passion and focus for community pharmacy.   To David Quilty – six years officially but six years in guild time I think is the equivalent of 12 years in real human time. Thank you for all of your amazing work.   And…

Research funding boost for better health outcomes

The Liberal National Government is providing more than $8 million for research initiatives that lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as cancer, eye disease and stillbirth. The latest round of dollar for dollar funding through the Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Projects scheme will assist a…

$9.6 million to boost domestic violence care

The Liberal National Government is boosting support for people affected by domestic violence with an additional $9.6 million investment to train 5,000 GPs across Australia to respond better to family violence and the expansion a successful program where health care professionals are trained to recognise and refer domestic violence.   Family, domestic and sexual violence…

National strategy to tackle specialist out of pocket costs

The Liberal National Government will launch a national strategy to tackle excessive out of pocket costs charged by medical specialists including by developing a website to provide Australians with transparency and an education campaign to inform patient about the costs of specialist services. The vast majority of doctors do the right thing and disclose the…

Increasing access to GP services in Queensland flood-affected areas

As an emergency response, the Liberal National Government is providing greater access to GP services for Australians living in flood-affected communities throughout Queensland.   The Government will introduce eight new, time-limited Medicare items to allow GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners provide services via videoconference, until 30 June 2019.   People living in these communities already…