Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2018-2020

Antimicrobial resistance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and Aged Care are among the second set of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) priorities for 2018-2020. These priorities will help guide the Morrison Government’s project investments.   The focus areas for research have been set following a thorough national consultation process with over 1,200 community and…

Today interview with Sylvia Jeffreys

E&OE…                       Topics: My Health Record; Healthy Minds mental health announcement   SYLVIA JEFFREYS: There’s just a week to go if you want to opt out of the Government’s My Health Record. With concerns over potential privacy breaches the Health Minister has unveiled a raft of changes including increased penalties for those who misuse the…

Healthy Minds program to support young Australians

A thousand adolescents across the country will participate in a trial designed to prevent and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and eating disorders.   The Morrison Government will provide $210,000 to the Healthy Minds Program to trial the mental health and wellbeing project in 10 high schools.   The Healthy Minds Program is an…

ABC RN interview with Fran Kelly

E&OE…                       Topics: My Health Record; Mark Latham   FRAN KELLY: Greg Hunt is the federal Health Minister. He joins us from the Victorian seat of Flinders where he’s currently on a 500 kilometre trek in support of autism groups. Minister, welcome back to Breakfast.   GREG HUNT: Good morning Fran.   FRAN KELLY: So…

A stronger My Health Record

The Morrison Government will introduce further legislative amendments to ensure the safety and privacy of health information in the My Health Record system including provisions to protect people against domestic violence and tougher penalties for those that misuse the system.   We have examined the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry, we have listened to concerns…

Sky News interview with Peta Credlin

E&OE…                       Topics: Walk for Autism; recent PBS listings; Labor’s poor record on PBS   PETA CREDLIN: Tonight, I wanted to highlight some important work that’s been done by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, locally and in his portfolio. Earlier today, I spoke with the Minister about the recent decisions to add an extra…

New school-based program to support children’s mental health

A new school-based mental health program that aims to give teachers the tools to help students manage their mental health will be launched today following a $98.6 million investment from the Morrison Government.   The program Be You will be delivered by beyondblue in partnership with headspace and Early Childhood Australia.   Minister for Health…

Medicine for rare disease made free on the Life Saving Drugs Program

From today, the Morrison Government will make a new medicine available for free for an extremely rare and potentially life-threatening disease, saving patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.   The new medicine Galafold® (migalastat) for the treatment of Fabry disease will be listed on the Life Saving Drugs Program, which provides free access…

2GB interview with Steve Price

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare at record levels; Labor’s poor record on PBS; Labor’s Medicare freeze; Brian Owler; Walk for Autism.   STEVE PRICE: Greg Hunt the federal Minister’s on the line. Minister, thanks for your time.   GREG HUNT: Good evening.   STEVE PRICE: Did you freeze Medicare?   GREG HUNT: No. The previous government…

Today interview with Georgie Gardner

E&OE… Topics: Australia has eliminated rubella, Walk for Autism.   GEORGIE GARDNER: Now to health news. And rubella – formerly known as German measles – has officially been wiped out in Australia. The World Health Organization has declared the disease – once feared by pregnant women – eradicated. For more, I’m joined by Health Minister…