Marking World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme, “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, captures the idea that each of us has a role to play in suicide prevention. The same concept lies behind R U OK? Day, which will be marked next Thursday. Just a simple, sincere question can show a distressed…

Remembering that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

The ninth day, of the ninth month of the year is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day – when we are reminded that there is no known safe limit of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Today is about acknowledging the lifelong physical, neurological, developmental and behavioural problems for children if their mother drinks alcohol while…

Encouraging women to make health a priority during Women’s Health Week

As part of Women’s Health Week, we’re encouraging all Australian women to take time to think about making positive changes that can improve your health and wellbeing. The Turnbull Government is committed to helping improve women’s health in Australia, and we recognise the importance of providing healthcare that supports, and is responsive to, the unique…

Transcript – ABC Ballarat – Interview with Nicole Chvastek

E&OE… Topics: Flu deaths, compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers NICOLE CHVASTEK: Greg Hunt is the Health Minister. Greg Hunt, good afternoon. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon Nicole. NICOLE CHVASTEK: What’s the Federal Government’s response to this? Seven people have died in this facility in Wangaratta. GREG HUNT: So this is obviously just a terrible…

Game On grants open to get Queensland moving

Game On Queensland grants are now available to local councils to deliver sport and recreation events and programs in the lead-up to, during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The grants, funded by the Australian Government, are being delivered through the Queensland Government’s Embracing 2018 program. Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said…

Transcript – Mt Martha doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers GREG HUNT: This year we’ve seen tragic outcomes in relation to the flu. 4.5 million Australians have been given a free flu vaccine. Every Australian over the age of 65 is entitled to the flu vaccine free of charge. However, after consultation with the Chief Medical…

Compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers

The Turnbull Government will investigate ways to boost vaccination rates among workers in aged care facilities, including making the flu vaccine compulsory, following an increase in deaths this winter. Health Minister Greg Hunt has requested Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, investigate ways to ensure all aged care workers are properly vaccinated against flu.…

Launch of ‘Kids Alive – Do The Five’ app

The Turnbull Government is proud to be supporting a great new initiative to help keep Aussie kids safe in the water – with the launch of the new ‘Kids Alive – Do the Five’ app. Children need constant and active supervision when they’re in, on or around the water. With the summer months approaching, vigilance…

Transcript – Hastings doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Launch of Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do The Five app; Meningococcal vaccine; WA GST GREG HUNT: I’m really thrilled to have the great Laurie Lawrence here in Hastings at Pelican Park. This pool is about teaching kids to swim. It’s about helping parents to understand safety. Today Laurie is launching the Kids Alive…

Transcript – FIVEaa interview with Leon Byner

E&OE… Topics: Listing new medicine on the PBS; Medicare funding for MRI prostate tests LEON BYNER: Look, there’s some good news on the horizon and when we have good news I like to let you know. As you know, we’ve got this very good system in Australia which, even though there are people who criticise…