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…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; Aged Care response in Victoria; AUSMAT teams; Aged Care Royal Commission   GREG HUNT: Welcome everybody.   And I am joined today here at the site of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, a joint partnership with Victoria, by Joe Buffone, who is the Emergency Management Australia Response head and…

Greater virus protection for aged care workers

Protection from COVID-19 for aged care staff and residents in Victoria will be increased, with reusable face shields and additional face masks being supplied from the National Medical Stockpile to help prevent the spread of the virus.   The Australian Government will:   Supply 500,000 reusable face shields to all residential aged care services across…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Potential for Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria; Peak numbers; Aged care outbreaks in Victoria; Paid pandemic leave; Black Lives Matter Protest in Sydney today.   PETER STEFANOVIC: Well, joining me live now is the Health Minister Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning, good to see you. Thanks so much for joining us.  …

World Hepatitis Day: Australia on track to eliminate hepatitis C

On World Hepatitis Day, Australia remains on track to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030. The Morrison Government is investing more than $45 million in five National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections strategies–including hepatitis B and C–to save lives and protect lives. Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the…

Statement – Vale Dr Harry Nespolon

On behalf of the Australian Government, I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Harry Nespolon, who passed away on Sunday night.   As President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for the past two years, Dr Nespolon worked very closely with myself and the Government.   He…

$10,000 for Men’s Sheds on the Mornington Peninsula

The Australian Government is continuing to support the health and wellbeing of men on the Mornington Peninsula through two grants under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme. The Safety Beach Dromana Men’s Shed and the Western Port Men’s Shed will share in $10,686 worth of funding for projects including the installation…