Salvation Army residential rehab in Townsville opens

Adults and young people across Townsville and the region will have increased access to drug and alcohol treatment services as a result of an Australian Government investment of more than $6 million in the Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, welcomed the opening…

Transcript – 5AA interview with Leon Byner

E&OE…                       Topics: Border restrictions in Australia; Cross border travel exemptions; Oxford vaccine; UQ vaccine   LEON BYNER: Let’s talk to our Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Greg, thanks for coming on this morning.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.   LEON BYNER: Over recent months, there’s been a real focus on mental health making…

Australian made nasal swab kits for COVID-19 testing

The Australian Government has signed a $3.7 million contract with a Melbourne company to supply sterile nasal swab kits to the National Medical Stockpile.   3DMeditech will supply Australian made, 3D printed nasopharyngeal swab kits. The kits will be issued from the stockpile to general practitioners, private pathology providers and state and territory governments according…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day; Mental Health support funding; vaccine update; Victoria’s restrictions   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody. Today is a day of hope and support for not just Victorians but for all Australians. Six out of eight states and territories have had zero cases today. In…

Enhancing Suicide Prevention on R U OK & World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day, the Australian Government is officially launching vital suicide prevention aftercare services in six states and territories, as well as providing a further $19 million to extend leading national suicide prevention services.   Suicide prevention is a key priority for the Australian Government. In 2018,…

Transcript – ABC Radio Melbourne Interview with Rafael Epstein

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine; Victorian response to COVID-19; contact tracing; aged care response to COVID-19;   RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Greg Hunt is the Federal Health Minister and he joins us on the line. Good afternoon.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, Raf.   RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The pause in one of the big vaccine trials, is…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Chris Kenny

E&OE…                       Topics: AstraZeneca vaccine trials, Victorian curfew   CHRIS KENNY: Now, with all the news today on the pandemic and the vaccine, I caught up just a few minutes ago with the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.   Minister, thanks for joining us again. I spoke to you on Monday and I must admit…

Health and medical research priorities to benefit all Australians

A national consultation process will guide the third set of the Morrison Government’s ground-breaking Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities for 2020–2022.   This consultation process will ensure the MRFF continues to target national health priorities for better health outcomes.   Determining future health priorities is about taking into account…

COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy supports early access to, and delivery of, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, as soon as they become available.   The Australian Government is pursuing a diversified COVID-19 vaccine strategy, ensuring that Australia is well placed to access a successful vaccine.   To date our Government has announced…