$9 million boost for youth mental health

The Morrison Government will invest $9 million to boost mental health support for young Australians through Orygen’s National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.   The funding will support Orygen work in delivering more research to support better services and treatment for young people, as well as the development of new clinical services, education…

More support for children living with type 1 diabetes

The Morrison Government will invest $6 million to better support children living with diabetes, with the launch of a new program across Australian schools.   The Type 1 Diabetes Management in Schools program will support around 6,000 children living with the condition by providing a training and education program for teachers on the management of…

5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                       Topics: Honey; Orkambi listed on the PBS for cystic fibrosis patients; medications for rheumatoid arthritis and ADHD listed on the PBS.    LEON BYNER: Let’s welcome the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. And Greg, before I talk about the PBS, what’s your take on this very big breaking story today that much of…

Interview with Ray Hadley – 2GB

E&OE…                       Topics: Orkambi listed on the PBS for cystic fibrosis patients   RAY HADLEY: Now, back in May, I was absolutely overwhelmed by people getting in touch with me about cystic fibrosis and medication for cystic fibrosis, in particular, one known as Orkambi. Now, I got email after email after email and given that…

Landmark Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Listed

The Morrison Government will subsidise a life-changing cystic fibrosis medicine which significantly extends the lives of patients while saving families up to a quarter of a million dollars a year.   Orkambi® will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 October 2018 for all patients over the age of 6 years who…

Thousands benefit from ADHD and rheumatoid arthritis treatment

From today, the Morrison Government will make medicines that treat rheumatoid arthritis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cheaper, with new additions to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on September 1. Over 400,000 Australians suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that targets the lining of joints and causes inflammation and joint damage resulting…

The Life Saving Drugs Program to be improved

The Morrison Government is taking steps to improve access to lifesaving medicines for rare diseases by establishing an expert panel for the Life Saving Drugs Program.   I am delighted to announce that Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs will be appointed as chair of the LSDP Expert Panel.   Other members…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Monash University’s new neuroscience facility; leadership; energy; Julia Banks.   GREG HUNT: To Professor Terry O’Brien, Professor Christina Mitchell, congratulations to Monash and to Alfred on the new neuroscience department. It is about saving lives and protecting lives. It’s about giving hope and treatment to people with epilepsy, with Alzheimer’s, and the…

Remarks – National Nurses Forum – Gold Coast

E&OE…                       GREG HUNT: And thanks very much to Ronnie, to previous speaker Del and I have to say what you were discussing in relation to men’s health and also what we do on women’s health is a national priority. We are working now on putting into place a long term plan out to 2030…

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…