Updated ATAGI Advice Regarding AstraZeneca Vaccine

The Australian Government has today received updated advice from the expert vaccine body, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.   The experts at ATAGI have today updated their advice to recommend the Pfizer vaccine be preferred for adults aged 59 and under.   The Government fully accepts the…

Expanded PBS Listing to Save Australians Around $120,000 a Year

More than 800 Australians with stage IV advanced or metastatic kidney cancer will now have improved access to a heavily subsidised treatment through an expanded listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 July 2021, Cabometyx® (cabozantinib), will now be available as a first line treatment for Australians with stage IV clear cell variant…

Transcript – Interview – 2GB Breakfast

  The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health   TRANSCRIPT   15 June 2020   INTERVIEW WITH BEN FORDHAM 2GB BREAKFAST   E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 vaccine rollout;   BEN FORDHAM: I think this is a great idea. To speed up the vaccine rollout, GPs will start vaccinating vulnerable Aussies in their own homes.…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care   TRANSCRIPT   14 June 2021   PRESS CONFERENCE CANBERRA   E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccine rollout; COVID-19; Vaccine reallocation.   GREG HUNT:          And good afternoon, everybody. I’m joined by Commodore Eric Young who’ll provide the weekly update with regards to the vaccine rollout.…

Improving Health and Wellbeing Connections for Australian Men

This Men’s Health Week, we’re encouraging men to better connect with their health and wellbeing, by raising awareness of the preventable health problems facing Australian men and asking them ‘who’s on your team?’   As part of this year’s theme ‘Connecting for Men’s Health’, Healthy Male, a national men’s health information organisation, is reminding men…

Morrison Government Launches Your Healthy Pregnancy Campaign

Expectant mums will receive additional support on how to stay healthy whilst pregnant, through the Morrison Government’s Your Healthy Pregnancy campaign.   The campaign will increase awareness of the importance and benefits of appropriate physical activity, good nutrition and social and emotional wellbeing before and during pregnancy.   Making sure all Australians have the best…

$11.7 Million Investment in Research to Reduce Medication Harm

The Australian Government is investing $11.7 million in medical research for pharmacists to support patients with the safe use of medicines.   All Australians will take some form of medication throughout their lives for a number of reasons, but using medicines are not without risk.   The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia estimates 400,000 people present…

Transcript – Interview – Leon Byner

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health   TRANSCRIPT   10 June 2020   INTERVIEW WITH LEON BYNER 5AA MORNINGS   E&OE…                       Topics: State Hospital Funding, MBS Review, COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, Mental Health   LEON BYNER: But let’s welcome Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Greg, good to talk to you and thanks for…

COVID-19 Emergency Measures Extended for a Further Three Months 

The human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be extended for a further three months.   The emergency period, which has been in place since 18 March 2020 to protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue until 17 September 2021.   The extension, declared by the Governor General today, was informed…

Transcript – Interview – 2GB Breakfast

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health   TRANSCRIPT   9 June 2020   INTERVIEW WITH BEN FORDHAM 2GB BREAKFAST   E&OE…                       Topics: New Alzheimer’s Drug, MBS Review, NSW Quarantine Facility   BEN FORDHAM: Now, we told you yesterday about this claim out of the US about a minor breakthrough in the treatment…