Doorstop – Darwin

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus outbreak; Howard Springs facility;   NATASHA FYLES: Greg Hunt, the Federal Health Minister, of course; Brendan Murphy, our Chief Medical Officer, and Di Stevens who is the Acting Chief Health Officer (inaudible).   I’ll hand to Minister Hunt to make (inaudible) comments and then to Brendan, and then also to myself…

$5.5 million for international research collaboration in human health

The Morrison Government is investing $5.5 million in ten ground-breaking medical research projects aimed at improving outcomes in mental health, dementia, aged care, cerebral palsy, diabetes and many more life-changing conditions.   The Government’s funding contribution is part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s commitment to international collaboration, and supports research grants awarded…

Australian confirmed cases of novel coronavirus on cruise vessel

Thirteen cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Australia – the latest being an eight-year-old boy from Wuhan in China.   Importantly, of the 13 patients, three have recovered from the virus, and the others are understood to be in a stable condition.   A further two Australians on board a cruise ship…

$32 million to turn more research ideas into reality

Australia’s world leading health and medical researchers will have a greater chance of discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, thanks to a new grant from the Morrison Government.   The $32 million investment – through the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative – will boost Australia’s success in turning innovative…

Press Conference – Parliament House – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus update.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, everyone.   I’m joined by Professor Paul Kelly, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, who is also a leading Australian epidemiologist.   So a specialist in contagious diseases. I want to begin by updating the figures on both the global and the Australian confirmed cases of…

Press Conference – Parliament House – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Novel coronavirus, 58,000 type 1 diabetics to have free access to new glucose monitoring device; Sports Grants.   GREG HUNT: Good morning everybody, and thank you for joining us. I’m joined by Commissioner Mike Outram the head of Border Force and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy to provide an update on…

58,000 type 1 diabetics to have free access to new glucose monitoring device

Australians with type one diabetes will soon have free access to the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system, thanks to the Morrison Government’s $300 million Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.   The FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring device measures glucose levels without the use of lancets, test strips and blood.   A sensor worn on the…

Update on Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said “The WHO has advised that all countries should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of…

Press Conference – Parliament House – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Update on novel coronavirus   GREG HUNT: We wanted to give you an update on coronavirus and preparations both within Australia and globally, particularly in light of the World Health Organization declaration overnight that this is a public health emergency of international concern.   A declaration which was expected and anticipated and,…