Government backs remote communities with COVID-19 support

The Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australia protect themselves against COVID-19.   The grants are available as part of the Government’s $57.8 million Remote Community Preparedness and Retrieval package.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Government was focused on ensuring remote Indigenous communities were prepared…

Training to help nurses re-enter the health workforce

The Australian Government will provide funding for registered nurses to undertake online education to enable them to re-enter the clinical workforce and assist with the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite swift action by Australian governments, the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to grow. It is likely that unprecedented demand for health care…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: COVID-19m update; Telehealth; Infection control training; Ventilator units; Preventative measures; PPE; Communications campaign; stage 2 of shutdowns; anti-viral drugs; mental health; Regional and rural services. GREG HUNT: Professor Michael Kidd, Michael has joined the Chief Medical Officer’s team. He is a professor of primary care, he is the head of primary health and…

Transcript – 2GB Interview with Alan Jones

E&OE… Topics: Coronavirus update; testing; private health insurance premiums ALAN JONES: One other thing I’ll just say, and I don’t care if I embarrass Greg Hunt, we all got to bear in mind here these people are worn out too – they’re human beings. I mentioned about Gladys Berejiklian; she’d been on that bushfire front…

Transcript – 3AW interview with Tom Elliott

E&OE… Topics: Measures to contain the spread of coronavirus; School closures & online learning; Business closures; Public transport; Vaccination update TOM ELLIOTT: Well, as we know, the governments, state and federal, have taken some pretty tough measures in the past 24 hours to try and limit and contain the spread of the coronavirus. We’ve had…

Expansion of telehealth services

We thank and acknowledge all of Australia’s vital health care workers for their ongoing commitment and dedication to providing Australians with the health care they need during this unprecedented time. The Government has been consulting extensively with the AMA, RACGP, ACCRM, RDAA, and other key peak bodies and members of the medical profession and health…

Transcript – Today Show Interview with Karl Stefanovic & Allison Langdon

E&OE…                       Topics: New social distancing restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus; medical industry preparedness; schools.   ALLISON LANGDON:       And the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, joins us now from Canberra. Minister, thanks for your time this morning.   I mean, if you listen to that message there it is a dire warning, isn’t…

Transcript – Channel 7 Sunrise Interview with David Koch & Natalie Barr

E&OE…                       Topics: New social distancing restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus; schools; border closure; testing   NATALIE BARR: Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt joins us now from Canberra. Would these new measures have been brought in today if the states hadn’t actually pushed for them?   GREG HUNT: Good morning. Well, what we’ve…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…   Topics: COVID-19 update; Testing figures; $13m MRFF funding announcement; $2m Doherty Institute funding announcement; University of Queensland research; Bondi Beach, Ruby Princess cruise ship; travel bans; stimulus package.   GREG HUNT: Around the world there are now over 253,000 cases and, sadly, 11,000 lives have been lost.   In Australia the latest update…