Nominations now open for Commonwealth Games baton bearers

As the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) continues, the Turnbull Government is delighted to announce that nominations for baton bearers are now open. GC2018 will be a celebration of sport, art and culture, showcasing the Gold Coast and Australia to the world. The journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay leading into…

Protecting Australians from influenza in 2017

The Australian Government has secured a supply of new vaccines which protect against four strains of influenza virus for the 2017 season. The new vaccines will be made available free of charge from mid-April to at-risk groups through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and will also be available on the private market. The 2017 quadrivalent…

Providing certainty and funding for alcohol and drug treatment services

The Turnbull Government will continue to support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75 million a year. Across Australia, around 150 groups that provide direct drug and alcohol treatment and support services will be given guaranteed funding for another two years until 30 June 2019. This includes services such…

Thousands support Gift of Life DonateLife Walk

Minister for Health and Sport, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health , Ken Wyatt, today joined thousands of Canberra residents to show their support for organ and tissue donation by participating in the annual Gift of Life Walk around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. Minister Hunt and Minister Wyatt…

Suicide prevention support for Grafton community

Grafton will be the first location in Australia to get one of ten new headspace youth mental health services, providing an increase in support available to young people and their families during times of need. Health Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, were joined by headspace’s CEO Jason Trethowan and Professor…

Transcript – Grafton doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Suicide prevention support for Grafton KEVIN HOGAN: Good morning everyone and thank you for being here. It’s with a lot of delight actually that I welcome the Health Minister Greg Hunt to our community today. It’s not a secret that this community, our community has had trauma over the last year or so.…

Action to deliver faster supply of medicinal cannabis products

The Turnbull Government will facilitate faster access by qualified doctors to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals. We will authorise controlled importation by approved providers from approved international sources for interim supply in Australia, until domestic production meets local needs. At present, doctors approved to supply medicinal cannabis products must import the product…

Funding delivered to open gut research centre

The Turnbull Government has delivered on its election commitment to provide $4 million funding to make Australia’s first dedicated micro gut health research centre a reality. The Microbiome Research Centre at Sydney’s St George and Sutherland Hospital campus will investigate microbiota in the gut, looking at how disturbance occurs and then how it causes disease,…